The Dark Knight Rises Gets Expected PG-13 Rating
Posted 04.09.12 by Ryan
Relax, young(ish) fans of director Christopher Nolan's Batman movies — The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan's third, and final, installment, will be rated PG-13.
Considering that 2008's The Dark Knight was also rated PG-13, this is hardly a surprise, and surely not a sign of diminishing quality, but for those wondering, the rating was given for "for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language." What does that mean exactly? Expect Batman (Christian Bale) to fight Bane (Tom Hardy) often and "intensely," while the "sensuality' suggests that that Bruce Wayne also finds romance with either Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) or
Talia al Ghul, er, Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard).
While The Dark Knight Rises is only three months away, Warner Bros. has been relatively quiet about the upcoming sequel. THR suggests that the rating will function as "the starter pistol for the most aggressive phase of Warners' marketing plan" as the studio plans to cash in on an already profitable franchise. Guess fans can expect more trailers and photos to arrive soon, and won't have to simply content themselves by watching the Lego version of the trailer over and over again.
The Dark Knight Rises was written by Nolan's brother, Jonathan, from an idea conceived by Nolan and David S. Goyer. The returning cast includes Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, and Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. New additions include Joseph Gordon-Levitt as policeman John Blake, Josh Pence as the younger version of Ra's al Ghul (with Liam Neeson expected to reprise his Batman Begins role as well), Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist," Juno Temple as Holly Robinson, and Joey King as the young Talia al Ghul, or so the actress recent revealed in January.
Next Showing: The Dark Knight Rises
opens July 20th