Sounds Like R-Rated DC Superhero Movies Will Happen
Could DC go the Logan route?
The huge success of Deadpool and Logan has proved that an R-rated comic book movie can still be a box office smash. It has now been reported that DC might also start making superhero movies aimed at a more adult audience.
The Wrap states that the studio is definitely considering R-rated films. A "well placed" source at DC told the site: "One hundred percent yes. With the right character(s)." The studio has not commented on this report.
Executives at DC had previously spoken about wanting to keep all the movies within their cinematic universe at a PG-13 level. Last year, after Suicide Squad was given the lower rating, producer Charles Roven said: "We really want to make these films tonally consistent, because this is a shared universe. Our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13."
Nevertheless, Deadpool has now become the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time, as well as the biggest movie in Fox's X-Men universe, leading to the decision to also make Logan R-rated. Logan has already made $254.6 million at the worldwide box office in less than a week on release.
DC did release an R-rated extended cut of last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on home entertainment platforms. At the time, Batman actor Ben Affleck spoke about the decision to release a more violent cut of the movie. "I'm a parent of young kids, and I feel like I wouldn't want to have a Batman v Superman that I couldn't show to my younger kids," he said. "But on the same token, as an adult, I like to see movies that are R-rated.
"I think nowadays because we have so many means of distribution and ways that we can do different things, it's the creative solution to a creative challenge."