The Suicide Squad viewers are expressing confusion over the film’s age certificate due to the film’s violent content.
James Gunn released the ensemble film last week to huge acclaim, with many calling it the greatest DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie to date.
However, many people who saw the film in the UK were stunned to see how violent it is. Many wondered how the film was granted a 15 certificate instead of an 18.
“What the f*** do you have to do to earn an ’18’ certificate nowadays?” asked journalist Adam Lowes, with another viewer stating: “I’m really shocked & confused as to what makes a film a 15 or 18.”
They said: The Suicide Squad is one of the most grotesque films I’ve ever seen (literally disgusting at times) – yet it’s a 15. This would have shocked me when I was 15.
Another cinemagoer said, “Someone at BBFC must have taken a bribe for The Suicide Squad to stop it being an 18″
According to the BBFC website, The Suicide Squad was rated 15 for “strong, bloody violence, gore and language” as well as brief drug misuse.
The BBFC stated in a statement to The Independent that while the film is more violent than the previous film, it was mitigated by its humor and action-packed fantasy context.
At 15, our Classification Guidelines state that ‘Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The film was classified as 15 uncut because of its focus on action in a comic, fantasy, or superhero context.
The BBFC’s Classification Guidelines were based on “large-scale public opinion”, which is reassessed every 4 to 5 years through studies that have been conducted on over 10,000 people. This was done in 2019.