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If the last two months are anything to go by, 2016 is the year for R-rated comic book characters getting a shot on-screen. With Deadpool smashing countless box office records, the road has been paved for an R-rated Wolverine 3 (they'll definitely be doing the Old Man Logan thing, by the way) and Batman v Superman (the directors cut).

But where does this leave TV?

Firstly, there's not long to wait until the first installment of AMC's adaptation of the cult comic series Preacher hits the small screen.

Plot: The story focuses around a conflicted preacher in a small Texan town. The town's inhabited by a mysterious entity which gives the preacher, Jesse Custer, the ability to develop a highly unconventional power. His ex-girlfriend, an Irish vampire and Jesse then all embark on a literal journey to find God.

When: Coming to AMC mid-2016.

Check out the trailer:

Sex Criminals

Another awesome NSFW comic that would undoubtably get slapped with an R-rating is the saucy Sex Criminals.

Plot: Written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals is the story of Jon and Suzie, a couple who can freeze time when they orgasm. They use that time (known as The Quiet or Cumworld) to rob the bank Jon works in order to save the Suzie's library from closing. All of this while running from the Sex Police, defecating in the boss's plant pot and investigating dildo dungeons.

When: It's not clear when exactly Sex Criminals will hit our screens, though according to reports last February, Fraction and fellow comic book writer wife, Kelly Sue Deconnick, have signed a two-year deal with Universal TV.

While Sex Criminals certainly is no porno, its language and nudity are certainly more eyebrow-raising than your standard NBC show. Let's hope it's not toned down too much!

And if these all work well, perhaps they'll pave the way for more NSFW comics, such as...

3 Other Comic's With R-Rated On-Screen Potential

1. The Pro


She curses, she smokes, she breast-feeds and she blows away the competition. Just when you think Garth Ennis has gone too far, just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets, just when you thought no one would go near the idea of the world's first superhero prostitute... here comes The Pro!

The Pro is the worlds first super-powered prostitute (you should be sold on that alone, tbh). She has a kid and offers countless quips at the benefit of more mainstream supes. There's lots of toilet humor – sometimes literal – it's sarcastic, vulgar and silly as hell – it may not exactly secure a primetime slot, but it would make a very amusing TV show.

By: Garth Ennis and drawn by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

2. The Filth


The series tells the story of Greg Feely, a bachelor whose main interests are his cat and masturbating to pornography. Feely is actually a member of a shadowy organization called The Hand and their attempts to keep society on the path to the "Status Q."

It feels like an amalgamation of The Invisibles' and the Preacher in its utter bizarrity; there's a Russian chimp, Richard Nixon (suspended in a liquid bubble), a giant ocean dwelling hand and a dude called the Pornomancer who has an army of sperm.

If that doesn't scream "GIVE THAT SHIT A TV SHOW RIGHT NOW" to you - I don't know what will.

By: Grant Morrison and drawn by Chris Weston and Gary Erskine

3. The Alcoholic


'This touching, compassionate, ultimately humorous story explores the heart of a failing writer who's coming off a doomed romance and searching for hope. Unfortunately, the first place his search takes him is the bottom of a bottle as he careens from one off-kilter encounter to another in search of himself'

Far grittier and down-to-Earth than the previous batshit suggestions, The Alcoholic is a heartbreaking and beautiful story of unrequited love. Although the narrative is pretty depressing, the authors sense of humor shines through - with the help of college dorm orgies and a shit ton of cocaine.

By: Jonathan Ames and drawn by Dean Haspiel

What R-Rated comic would you love to see on screen?

Source: Good Reads, Wiki


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