Following the success of both "Deadpool" and "Logan," it shouldn't be entirely surprising that R-rated superhero films have become a hot topic. Although the genre is generally viewed as family friendly, with most superhero films catering to both young and old audience members, R-rated superhero flicks have seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Now, a new report claims yet another comic book franchise is considering R-rated movies. According to The Wrap, Warner Bros is "100% open" to the possibility of making an R-rated film set within the DC Extended Universe.
Asked if DC Films was interested in making an R-rated film, an anonymous source said, “One hundred percent yes. With the right character(s)." Although that's far from an official confirmation, the idea is certainly plausible. After all, following the release of the divisive "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the studio ended up releasing an R-rated edition on DVD and Blu-ray. That same R-rated cut, referred to as the "Ultimate Cut," also saw a limited one-night-only theater release.
While "Batman v Superman" was hardly a flop at the box office, pulling in $873 million worldwide, it's hard to ignore just how well "Deadpool" has done, and how well "Logan" is set to do in the long-run. These R-rated films have allowed filmmakers to right their previous wrongs -- in this case, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" for both characters -- while still managing to secure a massive haul at the box office. For Warner Bros. to see R-rated films as a possibility is to understand that there's a bigger audience out there ready for something new.
It's worth reiterating this is just a report, so it's hard to tell f and when the studio could possibly go the R-rated route. As of right now, they have approximately nine dated films through 2020 and plenty more still in the development stages, so it would appear that it's more of a matter of when.
"Wonder Woman," the next film in the DC Extended Universe, arrives in theaters on June 2, 2017.