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Suicide Squad Tones Down Darkness to Draw Kiddie Crowd; See New Trailer!

Margo Robbie as Harley Quinn blows up a bubblegum bubble in this scene from ‘Suicide Squad.’ Is that what the studio means by explosive? (Photo: Warner Bros.)

“Suicide Squad” is featured in a new teaser trailer and it’s pretty clear the movie has been watered down to cut the sex and violence. Studio Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are going for the short money by angling for a PG-13 rating. So much for artistic integrity.

The rating will open the doors to more theaters, broaden the audience to include young teens and boost the movie’s chances of a big box office score.

But true fans might be disappointed. The film will lack the full impact of the comic book series. Only an R-rating would have made possible, if, potentially, at the expense of the bottom line.

Publisher DC comics bills the print version of the Suicide Squad as the baddest of the bad.

“Sometimes, extreme situations require extreme measures.. or extreme individuals. The sort of individuals who call the infamous Belle Reve Prison home—super-villains,” according to its promo material.

The movie version will be dark, but not comic-book dark.

The lead characters include Will Smith as Deadshot, an expert marksman an assassin, Jared Leto as Joker, a psychopathic super villain and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, a crazed super villain and former psychiatrist.

Other cast members include Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and model Cara Delevingne.

The move focuses on imprisoned super-villains who are recruited to execute a dangerous black-ops missions to save the world from an unknown but powerful threat, according to a synopsis.

That’s all you need to know about the plot.

No matter how bad it is, the film will do big bucks. If “Batman vs. Superman” can blow away the box office, almost any comic book movie is pure gold these days.

In fact, Warner Bros. is so confident in the film, it’s already planning a sequel.

Which kind of begs the question: If the movie is that much of a sure-shot, why not live up to its comic book credo and make the film super-bad? Apparently because the studio would rather take a stand on its wallet.

By dark, the studio means the film is just shot in bad lighting.

The movie will hit theaters in August.

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