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Now, while the rampant box office success of the very much R-rated Deadpool has clearly been a major victory for Fox, it also looks set to open up a brave new world of possibilities for R-rated superhero movies across the industry. After all, Wade Wilson might be everyone's favorite R-rated antihero with a fondness for ultra-violence right now, but that doesn't mean he isn't going to have some competition. Remind yourself of the trailer:

The latest potential beneficiary of Deadpool's blood-soaked trail-blazing? Why, it's only the cinematic adaptation of Joe Casey's acclaimed comic book Officer Downe. In fact, according to its producer Mark Neveldine:

'Officer Downe' Might Just Be "Better Than Any Marvel Movie Or DC Movie Ever Made."

Yup, that's right. Neveldine — who you might remember as the co-director of Crank — recently told the The Movie Crypt podcast that he expected Officer Downe to be more than a match for any Marvel or DC movie we've yet seen.

Which — intriguing as the prospect of a movie about a cop who, having been killed in the line of duty, is repeatedly resurrected and sent back out to face a horde of costumed foes is — may well prove to be blind optimism on Neveldine's part. After all, to be proven right, the movie — directed by Slipknot co-founder Shawn Crahan — is going to have to be better than Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Joss Whedon's The Avengers AND Mark Neveldine's own Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.

No, wait, how did that last one get in there?

Whether Officer Downe is able to live up to its superheroic predecessors, though, fans of ultra-violence and '70s/'80s-style authority figures with a vendetta will surely be in for a treat when the movie arrives on our screens later this year.

What do you think, though?


Will 'Officer Downe' be "better than any Marvel movie or DC movie ever made"?

via EW


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