Secondly – and perhaps most importantly – The Batman is the eighth successive standalone Batman movie to receive a PG-13 rating in the US. Yes, really. That means Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises all bore the same certificate.
Remember Scarecrow’s frightening face, the Joker’s hostage-taking plots, Harvey Dent’s barbecued face and Bane’s very public execution of a nuclear physicist? All PG-13.
A history of violence
Director Matt Reeves, in particular, is also known for pushing the boundaries of the PG-13 rating to the absolute limit.
Both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, along with invasion thriller Cloverfield, are often extremely dark in tone, each containing scenes that don’t exactly scream child-friendly.
Those worried that The Batman will be a sanitized, thrill-free adventure through Gotham’s underbelly, then, have nothing to fear. In 2022, a PG-13 rating is less a synonym for ball pit entertainment and more an opportunity for Reeves and co. to share their take on the Batman legend with as large an audience as possible.
Rest assured, Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight will be getting his hands dirty when the movie releases in theaters on March 4 – there just won’t be any blood to clean up.