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Thanks to the success of earlier this year, the superhero genre is about to get a lot more mature. It is highly anticipated that several upcoming superhero movies could receive an R-rating. In fact, the upcoming X-Men movie, , is set to be rated R for its extreme violence. Now, because the superhero genre is still very much targeted towards a younger audience, this wont necessarily work for most movies. However, there are a select few that have potential to work with an R-rating, and today we're going to look at them.

4. The Batman

Out of all of the movies listed here, The Batman is the movie that is least likely to be rated R. Batman is just too popular with kids. In fact, he is one of the top three most popular superheroes in the entire world, alongside both Superman and Spider-Man.

After watching Ben Affleck in The Accountant, it's not hard to think of how incredible an intense, R-rated Batman movie could be! We could have intense, gritty action, similar to that of the Arkham video games. It also cannot be forgotten that The Batman will be directed by Affleck himself. Already known for being a better director than actor, Affleck will, without a doubt, do a phenomenal job with this movie, even if it is PG-13. But you can just imagine what more he can include in his movie if it is rated R. Out of all of the superheroes in the DCEU, Batman is the one we both need and deserve.

3. Daredevil

Now, this isn't a movie that is even confirmed at the moment. In fact, there are still rumors floating around that the Defenders will not even be in . However, back in the spring of 2014, was released on Netflix.

Daredevil, while technically in the MCU, is very different from the other MCU movies or shows. This was a show that had an extremely intense, R-rated feeling to it. This was definitely not something you would see in an Avengers movie.

Now, there is already an R-rated Daredevil movie that exists, some people just don't want to admit that it does. Starring Ben Affleck, Daredevil came out back in 2003, and was originally rated PG-13. However, an R-rated director's cut was also released.

Now that it has been over 10 years, it is time for Daredevil to make his return to the big screen. With the success that he has had on Netflix, it wouldn't be out of the question for a Daredevil movie to take place in the MCU. The only problem with that is Marvel Studios has said they are not even thinking about doing an R-rated movie. However, if they do choose to do a Daredevil movie, then to do the character right the movie needs to be rated R.

2. Suicide Squad

Regardless of what you thought of this movie, there were some good moments in it. However, there were definitely some flaws within the movie itself. That being said, many things will be needed to take into consideration when developing . One thing that could improve the movie is rating it R.

Originally, was supposed to be a pretty dark movie. At least, that is what the first trailer for the movie promised us. The first trailer came out at Comic-Con of last year, and gave many people mixed emotions, with a huge group getting very excited for it. That was, until was released. One of the biggest criticisms about that movie was it was too dark. Well, Warner Bros. and DC must have taken that really seriously because not too long after, there was talk of re-shoots going on for Suicide Squad. The rumor was that this was done to add a little more humor and lightheartedness to the movie. While these rumors were denied by the cast, if you look at any of the trailers after BvS, you can tell a sudden shift in tone.

Leading up to this movie, there were also rumors that Suicide Squad would be rated R. While that turned out to not be the case, people then said that the movie would be very edgy. This again turned out to not be the case — it felt like your normal PG-13 movie. So something that people working on the sequel could do is actually give the movie that dark edginess that we were originally promised. People also need to remember that this is not Superman, these are super-villains. They are bad guys; we should expect them to do some pretty messed up stuff.

1. Ghost Rider

2016 has been a year where we have either been introduced or reintroduced to many superheroes in the MCU. We have had Spider-Man, Black Panther, Luke Cage, Elektra, Doctor Strange, and the most recent has been Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider was just introduced this season on . Although it is not the original Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Robbie Reyes — played by Gabriel Luna — is an awesome and new take on the character.

Now that doesn't rule out the possibility that we could see more Ghost Riders in the future. Even in the comics, there have been several Ghost Riders. They are kind of like Marvel's undead versions of the Green Lanterns. So there could be a possibility that if things keep going well on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, then maybe that could open a door to a possible Ghost Rider movie.

There have already been two Ghost rider movies: and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Neither of those movies did well, with Spirit of Vengeance doing so much worse then the first. That is why Ghost Rider was able to be brought back into the MCU. It was probably for the best that he was brought back through TV, as his previous depictions weren't received well.

Marvel has a pretty high success rate when it comes to making their new characters look good. To make a good Ghost Rider movie, however, could prove to be a challenge. Ghost Rider is a tricky character. He starts venturing into some topics that might offend people, like devils and demons. Therefore, to make a successful Ghost Rider movie, it would take an R-rating to simply to tell his story the way it should be told. Much like Daredevil, there is no confirmed movie, and the MCU currently has no interest in making a movie rated R, but to make Ghost Rider the best that he can be, that is what has to be done.


So there you have it, four superheroes who deserve an R-rated film. Again, as of now, there is no confirmation for any of these movies. In fact, none of these movies could be rated R if they end up happening. The fact of the matter is we are beginning to start a new era of superhero movies that are about to become a little more mature, whether we like it or not.

Hopefully we'll see at least one of these films make the jump into rated-R territory. Anything less would be a failure in the eyes of comic book fans everywhere:

So what do you think? Do you think superhero movies should be rated R? Should any of these superhero movies be rated R? Is there any other movie be rated R? Leave your thoughts down below!


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