The DCU, formerly the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), is charting new territory. There are new heroes and villains on the horizon, there has been a top-to-down shakedown in the creative department, and there are two new CEOs at the top in the form of James Gunn and Peter Safran, who are not afraid of pulling their shots when it comes to chopping and changing the star cast.
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With Black Adam (2022) receiving a generally positive reaction from audiences, much was expected from the Shazam! (2019) sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023). It appears, however, that the Zachary Levi-starrer hasn’t quite lived up to its billing, performing quite poorly at the box office. Much is then expected of the 2023 release, The Flash.
The Flash gets a PG-13 rating for violence, action, strong language, and partial nudity
The Flash stars Ezra Miller as the titular superfast hero, following the events of traveling back in time by Barry Allen, the Flash, to prevent the murder of his mother. This expectedly brings about difficulties that are normally associated with time-traveling hijinks: Allen is trapped in an alternate reality and requires the need of his younger self, an older Batman, and Supergirl to rescue the reality from General Zod before returning home.
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One Take News took to Twitter to reveal the maturity rating the movie received, and fans seem to like the PG-13 rating it was awarded for sequences of violence and action, some strong language, and partial nudity.
#TheFlash has been rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some strong language and partial nudity.
The long-awaited film will have its world premiere at CinemaCon on April 25 followed by a wide release on June 16. pic.twitter.com/YnztoZ8vnf
— One Take News (@OneTakeNews) March 22, 2023
One would hope director Andy Muschietti would put his best foot forward in the movie, given DC’s prolonged lean run and urgent revival.
The Internet loves The Flash‘s PG-13 rating
The initial response to The Flash’s ratings was largely positive. Users speculated openly about what the ratings might mean for the movie, especially what the nudity rating referred to.
They must be SUPER confident in this movie to have a premiere almost 2 months before release. Most likely its a really good film and they're going to use those 2 months of great word of mouth
— DriftyFilm (@driftyfilm) March 22, 2023
Pretty sure it's for a good reason
— 🇮🇹Hot_Myc❤️ (@Lorenzo74209291) March 22, 2023
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— Jeremy (@JeremyG0417) March 22, 2023
We will be seated pic.twitter.com/7wJny8oExL
— ✨⚡️⚡️JP⚡️⚡✨ (@pozmyneghole1) March 22, 2023
— Jordan Jones (@jordnjnes) March 22, 2023
Top Gun: Maverick (2022) star Tom Cruise also loved the DC movie, it seems. When meeting with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and talking about the movie, Cruise expressed a desire to watch it, to which Zaslav assented. Cruise reportedly said that The Flash had “everything you want in a movie” and that “this is the kind of movie we need now“, while on a call with the director himself. The signs do bode well for the film, and fans will keep their fingers crossed for the movie.
The Flash hits theatres on 16th June 2023.