‘Dark Knight Rises’ Rated PG-13 For ‘Some Sensuality’

MPAA's ratings explanation offers hints at Bruce Wayne's relationships with Selina Kyle and Talia al Ghul.
By Kevin P. Sullivan

Tom Hardy as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises"
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

With a little more than three months to go until the release of Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, describing the fans as starved for information would be a criminal understatement. We are now at the point where any intel about "The Dark Knight Rises" is scrutinized beyond recognition. The latest piece of info to analyze comes from the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA bestowed a PG-13 rating upon "The Dark Knight Rises," the same rating given to "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight."

The rating appeared on the Warner Bros. exhibitor services site with a brief explanation for the classification. "PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language," the site reads.

The specifics of the rating are where the conclusion of the trilogy differs from the previous two installments. "Batman Begins" was PG-13 for "intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements." "The Dark Knight" earned the same rating for "intense sequences of violence and some menace."

The big difference here is the phrase "some sensuality," but the addition makes sense based on what we've seen from the film so far and what we know about the characters. Both Selina Kyle and, as most people assume by now, Talia al Ghul are in the film and have had physical relationships with Bruce Wayne in the comic books. With "The Dark Knight Rises" taking place seven years after the events of "The Dark Knight," Bruce may be back on the market for the first time since Rachel blew up.

"Some sensuality" indeed.

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