We are in the middle of an age where we can expect three to five blockbuster superhero movies a year. Just this year, we are getting Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Dr. Strange. However, one of the most anticipated of the lot is the film coming out this weekend: Deadpool.
Deadpool has fans getting excited in a brand new way because it is unlike the regular Avengers and Batman movies we've been getting lately. For one thing, Deadpool is rated R. In fact, it is rated R for strong violence, strong language, sexual content, and graphic nudity. This is not a superhero movie you bring your kids to.
Though Deadpool may seem completely unique for its extremely mature (or rather immature) nature, it is not the first R-rated superhero film. It still is certainly unique for the fourth-wall breaking and legendary comedic quips of the Merc with a Mouth, but there are still other amazing films, such as these five favorites:
5. 'Super' (2010)
The Office's Rainn Wilson stars along Ellen Page from Inception and X-Men: Days of Future Past in this hilarious movie. After his wife leaves him for a drug-peddling jerk, Wilson's character Frank Darbo decides to adopt the superhero lifestyle in order to fight crime as the mysterious Crimson Bolt.
Ellen Page joins him as his spunky sidekick Boltie, and together they push crime-fighting to its limits. This gut-busting comedic action flick shows the thin lines between heroes and villains, and the price that crime-fighting ultimately pays.
4. 'The Punisher' (2004)
Though the Marvel Comics character is going to be rebooted by Jon Bernthal in the upcoming season of Daredevil, the character of Frank Castle showed his stuff in his own 2004 film.
After his family is massacred in front of him, Frank Castle becomes the Punisher, a surly antihero set to destroy the corrupt businessman responsible (played by John Travolta). The Punisher is a good ol' fashioned revenge movie that will have you cheering Castle on throughout his journey.
3. 'Kick-Ass' (2010)
Along the lines of Super comes Kick-Ass, the story of a teenage boy who wanted to be a superhero. After making is own green-and-yellow outfit and adopted the name 'Kick-Ass', Dave (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) sets out to fight crime wherever he can. However, he soon finds that he is not the only costumed crime-fighter around.
He quickly meets Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace-Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), a father-daughter superhero team with especially violent and brutal methods. By tagging along with them, Kick-Ass learns that he signed up for more than he thought when he finds real crime lurking in the streets.
2. 'The Crow' (1994)
After being killed by a gang of ruthless criminals, Eric Draven (played by Brandon Lee) rises from the dead to enact vengeance on him and his fiancee. He adopts the persona of the Crow and hunts down his killers one by one to give them a taste of their own medicine.
The Crow is a cult classic. I'm sure those of you who have attended comic-cons have seen more than a few Crow cosplayers, and that's because of how truly great the film is. The entire movie has an incredibly dark tone, but that simply lends itself to the atmosphere. The Crow has great acting, great action sequences, and it is all around just an enjoyable film.
1. 'Watchmen' (2009)
Of course my number one pick for the list is the superhero team known as the Watchmen. Alan Moore's gritty film based off of the Alan Moore graphic novel is blissfully brutal, yet it stands as one of the best superhero films I've ever seen; rated 'R' or otherwise.
Watchmen has plenty of foul language, gratuitous violence, graphic nudity (Dr. Manhattan anyone?) and sexual content, but that doesn't really take away from the film as a whole. Watchmen boasts incredible characters, a dark but realistic plot, and some of the best action sequences I've ever seen in a superhero movie. If you can tolerate mature themes, I would definitely give Watchmen a try as soon as possible.
For just a tease of 'Watchmen', here is the original trailer:
Not all superhero movies have to be family friendly. While we may all love The Dark Knight and Guardians of the Galaxy, sometimes the darker and more adult films can be appreciated just as much, if not more.