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Will Smith's film Suicide Squad barred to young fans with its 15 certificate

Published 20/07/2016

Will Smith's movie Suicide Squad is barred to young UK comic book fans with its 15 certificate
Will Smith's movie Suicide Squad is barred to young UK comic book fans with its 15 certificate

Young comic book fans will be unable to see Will Smith's new movie Suicide Squad because the film has been given a 15 certificate in the UK.

The film, which also stars Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, is based on a DC Comics series about a group of super villains who are recruited by a secret government agency to carry out dangerous missions.

It has been given a 15 rating by the British Board of Film Classification because of "sustained threat and moderate violence."

Most comic book movies strive for a 12A rating to avoid excluding a younger audience. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice earned a 12A while Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron also received a 12A rating.

James Bond film Spectre was edited before release to comply with a 12A rating.

However comic book film Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, secured a 15 rating earlier this year for s trong bloody violence, strong language and sex references and went on to make 800 million US dollars at the global box office.

Suicide Squad, which is directed by Training Day writer David Ayer, will released in the UK on August 5.

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