'The Dark Knight Rises' Receives Controversial Pg-13 Rating
Tempers look set to rise again following the news that The Dark Knight Rises - the sequel to 2008's Heath Ledger-starring Batman film - has been given a PG-13 rating in the U.S., despite the expectation being that it will contain at least the same amount of adult themes and graphic imagery as its predecessor.
PG-13 means that anyone over the age of 12 will be allowed into a US cinema, reports the UK's Guardian newspaper, which of course increases the chance of success at the box office. Citing "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language" as to the reason behind its rating, the Motion Picture Association of America's judgement will almost certainly mean that the film will get a 12A rating in the UK, the same that 'The Dark Knight' was given to much protest.
Upon release in Britain in 2008 - and going on to become the 11th highest grossing film of all time worldwide with more than $1 billion in income - 'The Dark Knight's' rating caused such a furore that politicians became involved in the debate, with former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan-Smith writing a open letter to newspaper The Times in which he said the British Board of Film Classification had "caved in to commercial pressures," whilst Labour chairman of the home affairs committee Keith Vaz also complained at the suitability of the film for 12 year olds. With the film set for release in July, there's plenty of time for this to become quite the saga.