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Should There Be More R-Rated Comic Book Movies?

Recently we got the Deadpool that we deserve opposed to the sorry excuse we received in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The Merc with a Mouth was gory, unsettling and graphic which is exactly how fans wanted to see him on the big screen. This is all despite it’s comparatively low $58 million budget which it was given for it’s R-rating. Fox didn’t believe that such a crude superhero movie focused on sex jokes and extreme violence would make anywhere near passing $600 million in the box office. In fact, whilst filming Fox actually took $7-8 million of the budget away at the last minute which is the reason why Deadpool forgets his guns in the final sequence. They simply didn’t have the budget anymore for the scene they had planned on.

“We had to carve something like $7-8 million out of the budget in a 48-hour window,” writer Rhett Reese told io9. “And we, as a group, just put our heads together, got creative, and said ‘How do we cut what is essentially nine pages out of an 110-page script?’”

Yet, due to its success studios are looking more and more into the possibility of R-rated movies for the future. Recent information was released that Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the DVD will be R-rated. As well as this, rumors heavily suggest that Fox’s final Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman will be an R-rated adaptation of the Old Man Logan storyline. Now, everyone’s asking the question of ‘what other movies should follow suit?’

Disney Chairman Bob Iger has already come out and said that they ‘don’t have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies.’ The approach they’ve been using so far has been working by creating blockbuster hits such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier so it would seem counterintuitive to shake things up now to aim the movies at a more adult audience.

James Gunn, the director of Guardians, posted on Facebook about the critics response to Deadpool.

After every movie smashes records people here in Hollywood love to throw out the definitive reasons why the movie was a hit. I saw it happen with Guardians. It “wasn’t afraid to be fun” or it “was colorful and funny” etc etc etc. And next thing I know I hear of a hundred film projects being set up “like Guardians,” and I start seeing dozens of trailers exactly like the Guardians trailer with a big pop song and a bunch of quips. Ugh.

He goes on to essentially say that he’s not interested in a whole host of R-rated movies simply because Deadpool was a surprise hit; that he doesn’t want loads of films like Deadpool now. Production companies have a tendency to hop on a bandwagon once something successful until it’s done to death which is certainly not something we need.

However, people forget about other comic book movies with a matching rating that did well. Kick-Ass, Kingsman and 300 all did very well at the box office and have earned sequels. More underground hits such as Dredd, Blade, Watchmen, Spawn and Sin City are held in high regard among fans, too. These all took advantage of their rating opposed to simply using mindless violence and gratuity to please the more mature viewers.

What we need is more Deadpool. We need more characters that are already targeted at older audiences being adapted onto the big screen. We don’t need production companies thinking that an R-rating is what makes movies sell and then pushing it for everything they do. A movie should become R-rated in the writing process, not decided on prior to a pen touching paper.

What movies do you think would work with an R-rating? Let us know in the comments below! 

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