Both 2020's Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and 2021's The Suicide Squad are expected to be R-rated films, according to Variety.
"In the case of Birds of Prey, the film won’t be in the pitch-black, grim vein of Joker," explains Variety. "Insiders describe the film has a more humorous, spirited, girl gang adventure, albeit not one for younger children. A series of recent reshoots dramatically improved test screening results and the studio is confident Birds of Prey will be a hit when it opens in February."
"There’s a huge appetite for R-rated superhero movies and if Marvel isn’t going to step up, that presents an opening for DC to tap into that audience," said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations.
Birds of Prey is due out in theaters February 7, with The Suicide Squad to follow on August 6, 2021.