Fans who have clamored for an R-rated Wolverine film are finally getting their wish.
Director James Mangold announced this morning that "Logan," Hugh Jackman's purported final appearance as Wolverine, has been rated R "for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.”
Official: Please be advised that LOGAN has been rated R for “strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.”
— Mangold (@mang0ld) January 23, 2017
Both 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and 2013's "The Wolverine" were rated PG-13. Although superhero movies traditionally have been rated PG or PG-13, there have been some exceptions, such as "Blade II," "Watchemen," "Kick-Ass" and, most notably, last year's "Deadpool," which earned $783 million worldwide.
It's been long expected that the Fox film, Hugh Jackman's ninth and purported final appearance as Wolverine, would receive an R rating. Mangold revealed last month that the star even took a pay cut to make it easier for the studio to make a profit on "Logan," whose rating will limit the potential audience.
“Logan” is set in the near future, years after the epilogue of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In it, a weary Logan, whose healing factor is failing, cares for an ailing Professor Xavier in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Opening March 3, “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez.