Patty Jenkins On Why Wonder Woman Isn't Rated R

Posted 2017/05/30 0 0

While doing press for Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins revealed there is a very specific reason that she didn't want Wonder Woman to be an R-rated movie.


Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice made a bit of a splash when it had turned out that the MPAA stamped the film’s Ultimate Cut with an R rating (and many people who watched that version of the film would question their decision), while Suicide Squad was conversely criticized for not being R-rated. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, was always meant to be a PG-13 movie, according to director Patty Jenkins.

The filmmaker explained in an interview with Cinema Blend that while she’s definitely all for other movies pushing the boundaries with an R rating, it just would not work with the narrative planned for Wonder Woman. In fact, she would have even wanted to have the film a PG-rating, but at the end, they realized that the rating would not properly service the story under the time setting that the film is on. The "Wonder Woman" director also admitted that if she could only have her way, the film would be rated PG, and not just PG-13.

Patty Jenkins added that while she does have a respect for R-rated films, she was well aware that younger viewers, especially girls, would be going to see the first-ever female superhero film to hit the big screen. This feat is something that DC has gone ahead with, as Marvel has yet to release "Captain Marvel" with Brie Larson which is set for March 2019. One could say that DC is already paving the way for more female-led superhero films, with the upcoming "Sirens Of Gotham," which will be led by Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn for a 2018 release.

Here is what she said: “I cared a lot about it never being an R-rating. And I totally support the movies that do have an R-rating, but in this case I was very aware that little girls were going to want to see the film, and I was very protective of that. So it had to not be Rated R to me. I would have been happy to go for PG, but it’s World War I, so we couldn’t!”

Wonder Woman currently has a 4.10 out of 5 ComicBook User Anticipation Rating, making it the ninth most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among readers.  The movie rides into battle on June 2, 2017. Its cast includes Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis as Ares, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff.