Sony's Venom will officially be rated PG-13, which is kind of a shame, as Eddie Brock's symbiote persona is the physical manifestation of every dark thought and/or urge the human mind has ever had.
Going with an R-rating would certainly have limited the audience, but could also have done justice by such an iconic character. Nevertheless, a PG-13 will allow for any number of the 'S' words and at least one F-bomb, hopefully from Venom himself.
Speaking with Fandango, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) said that an unrated cut isn't entirely out of the question. After all, if it's good enough for Deadpool, it's good enough for Venom. They could even name it the "We Are Venom Cut."
"I wouldn't rule anything out," Fleischer stated, also heavily hinting at the existence of a post-credits scene. "We'll have to see where it lands, I guess, but I wouldn't rule anything out."
Even with the limitations that come with a PG-13 rating, Fleischer wanted to push the boundaries of what people expect a comic book movie to be. In fact, it uses a lot of elements from the horror genre, something that fits in with the concept of an antihero. Movies like An American Werewolf in London and directors like John Carpenter and David Cronenberg served as direct influences on the movie.
"When I set out to make the movie, I wanted to distinguish the film tonally, and I wanted to make a darker, grittier, kind of edgier comic book movie that also has a strong horror element, which is inherent to the character and the comic," the director said.
Fleischer is also returning for the Zombieland sequel, which he revealed is already in the steps of scouting and storyboarding.
"We're just at the very early stages, but we have an amazing script, and we're going to start shooting in Georgia in January."
Venom hits theaters Oct. 5.