The R-rated superhero craze began with last year's Deadpool (though we have to give credit to Kingsman: The Secret Service for testing the R-rated comic book waters). But there were still reservations on whether that rating was appropriate for other tentpole movies. Fortunately, those doubts were cleared by #Logan and its massive $200+ million opening weekend.
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With such a proven success, it was only a matter of time before other studios attempted to replicate it. And it seems that's the case. According to The Wrap, an insider close to Warner Bros. stated the studio would "absolutely" consider an R-rated superhero film set in the #DCEU:
“One hundred percent yes. With the right character(s).”
Take that with a grain of salt, because of course a studio would be open to making just about anything provided they thought they could get a return on investment with it. Still, there are a few reasons why the shift from PG-13 to R wouldn't be that great a jump for Warner Bros. and rather a logical next step.
The Studio Is Already Developing Potentially R-Rated Movies
Aside from Batman v Superman (which contained a few curse words and some blood spatters), Warner Bros. hasn't dabbled in a proper, R-rated territory. Fortunately, it already has four perfect candidates in development:
1. 'Suicide Squad 2' And/Or 2. 'Gotham City Sirens'
Being movies based around villains, #GothamCitySirens and #SuicideSquad2 seem to be no-brainers for a much more adult approach. The films deal with plenty of vile characters who were thrown in one of the most dangerous prisons on Earth for a reason. And there's already an interest in making that happen. Last year, David Ayer said this about a possible R-rating for Suicide Squad 2:
"It would be worth lobbying for."
If any of their upcoming movies were near locks to be R-rated, it would be one of those two.
#Lobo is essentially the Deadpool of the DC Universe: He's rude, vulgar, violent, has a crazy sense of humor, is immortal, and, to top it all off, he hunts people down in the most brutal ways possible to earn a paycheck.
Taking these characteristics into account and considering the studio is clearly taking notes of the success that comes with the exploration of more mature characters, it's likely the Lobo movie will get to have an "R" rating.
Then there's also #Nightwing, which we can assume will be fast-tracked since its announcement a few weeks ago. It might seem like a strange choice to you, but his stories in the comics can often surpass Batman in the dark department (like...real dark). Being a largely unknown property to the mainstream audience, Dick Grayson wouldn't have the weight of the spotty DCEU on his shoulders, and would therefore have more room to play in a mature playground.
With this rating, the movie could be a great hit, as audiences would certainly be drawn to a character so close to the #Batman mythology who exists in such a gritty environment.
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Still, like I said before, despite all the possibilities, keep in mind we should take this rumor with a grain of salt. In the case it is true, Warner Bros. has shown us multiple times that they love to throw curve balls at us, so we could end up with an R-rated superhero film we never saw coming.
Do you think DC and Warner Bros. will get in the R-rated movie game any time soon? If so, which movie could they make go that route? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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