Is DC Going Too Far With R-Rating For Justice League: Warworld?

Dc’s Latest Animated Film, Justice League: Warworld, Receives An R-rating Ahead Of Its Release, Marking The Sixth R-rated Project Within The Dc Animated Universe

By Amitabh Mukherji
May 4,2023

DC’s animated epic, Justice League: Warworld, has been given an R-rating ahead of its release. This marks the tenth film entry into the Tomorrowverse franchise and the sixth R-rated project within the DC Animated Universe (DCAU).

Based on the Warworld Saga storyline from DC Comics, the story features a group of iconic DC heroes who are transported to a dangerous new realm and forced to band together to become the Justice League. The story is known for being brutal, featuring some visceral and intense gladiator-style battles.

Warner Bros.’ Strategy

Justice League: Warworld

For nearly a decade, Warner Bros. has been exploring the MPA rating scale, and after seeing success doing it within its much-celebrated animated universe, it brought the strategy over to its live-action ventures as well. Unlike some of its competitors, Warner Bros. has not been averse to giving its comic book films the R-rating.

The studio is seemingly okay with creatives seeing their vision, even if it crosses the R-rated threshold every once in a while. Both James Gunn and Peter Safran, who are now in charge of the blue brand, seem open to just about anything with their new vision for DC on-screen, telling each and every story (both in-universe and Elseworlds) in the best way for that particular project, whether that be R-rated, animated, or anything else.

Justice League: Warworld is set for release sometime this summer. It joins other R-rated DCAU films like Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Constantine City of Demons: The Movie, Justice League Dark, and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. Some original DC animated films, not set within the connected continuity of the DCAU, have also received an R-rating, including Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Batman: The Killing Joke, and Injustice.