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The Countdown continues for the highly anticipated film of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises, and we here at Nerdbastards have been keeping our  ear to the ground for any new tidbits of information and we have received a secret transmission from Nolan headquarters.

In December we got to see the masked villian, Bane, in all his creepy gravely voiced goodnes,s and this 5 minute prologue introducing Bane was rated by the MPAA as PG-13.  Now the MPAA has finally decided the rating for the film as a whole, and it should be no surprise to anyone that they decided the rest of the film can keep the same rating of PG-13. While some may have been expecting a darker film to end the series, which would then receive an R-rating, it is the film’s best interest to be available for a larger audience demographic. Plus, it isn’t like this rating is anything new for the current Batman trilogy installment seeing as the last two films, Batman Begins & Batman: The Dark Knight,  have consecutively received PG-13. Of course the naysayers will complain that the film doesn’t have enough “blood & gore” or that the violence demonstrated is easily available to young children who will replicate what they see.

On that front I have this to say, “Grow Up!”If you want to complain about voilence being so accesible why don’t you also look at the videogames, television shows, and novels that are being produced every day that have no “Child-Proof” filter. More and more children are watching and interacting with violent scenarios in their day to day lives, it is not the job of the MPAA to keep “your” children from acting like fools if you don’t teach them the difference between right/wrong or real/fantasy.

Anyways, the MPAA notes cite the film for  “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality, and language” as their reasons for the PG-13. The violence and action in the film are in line for what has been viewed in previous installments. The “sensuality” portion on the other hand can be attributed to Catwoman ’cause she is one sexually charged chick. (giggity) If you don’t believe me just watch Batman Returns.

That is all our Batman news for now, so make sure to mark on your calendar that The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.

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