The announcement of Venom being given a PG-13 rating was a pretty big blow to fans of the character hoping for an R-rating. A character of immense violence and darkness, the rating strangely came as no surprise given Sony has been noted for it’s tendency to put profit over creativity. While director Ruben Fleischer had spoken long ago about his determination to get the film an R-rating, in a new interview today, suddenly Fleischer, along with executive producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, have revealed that Sony always aimed to produce a PG-13 film. Course, Arad is no stranger to the character, having been famously known for forcing director Sam Raimi to put the character into Spider-Man 3 years ago. Seems he did the most talking on the matter in a new interview, quoting the following:
To me, R is not a consideration. Can you get away with not R so that other people can see? So that younger people can see? I made an animated show. There was a lot of Venom in there. It was in ’94. There’s no reason to put in violence. To define what Venom is as violence. He’s not. He’s the lethal protector, which is a very different thing. We want to be really true to the comics. Today, in CGI and stuff, we can make Venom bite your head. But we don’t have to show the head going side to side like,”that actually tastes good.” It’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is that you finally understood, is that a bad guy? Yeah.
In Arad’s argument, it’s not about showing the violence but implying it. While we’ll see if that matters when the film hits theaters next weekend (October 5th), for now this feels like Sony making the same mistakes over and over again.
Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.