DC Films Would Be Willing To Produce R-Rated Films

DC FilmsWith the critical and commercial success of both Deadpool and Logan, it sure looks like the studios are looking into bringing more R-Rated comic book films to the big screen. Sure, they have existed long before those two films, but with audiences hungrier to see more grown-up stories featuring these characters, the prospect of more types of these films is incredibly enticing – especially for DC Films.

According to The Wrap, an insider from Warner Bros. and DC Films has confirmed that the studio is willing to produce R-Rated films:

One-hundred percent yes. With the right character(s).

So far, DC Films has released Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Last year, WB released the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which clocked in at 3 hours long and was Rated R.

At the moment, DC is in need of a critical hit. All three of their films so far have done well at the box office, but critical and audience reception to the films has been lukewarm at best. Hopefully, if recent reports about Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film are to be believed, the DC Extended Universe will be having a more optimistic year compared to 2016.

What characters would you like to see in an R-Rated DC film? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to follow Heroic Hollywood for more news regarding the future of the DCEU.

The LEGO Batman Movie is in theaters now. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman will be released in theaters on June 2 and Justice League will hit theaters on November 17.

Source: The Wrap

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  • Monty

    Green Arrow. Do it.

  • SAvram

    First that comes to mind is Lobo. Constantine? Could one of Batman movies be R-rated?

    • Rob

      No Batman can never be R-rated, at least not a live action Batman. Wouldn’t play in China. Couldn’t get kids to see it in large enough numbers in the U.S.

      • Math

        Why not? WB could release 3-4 Batman movies each year and they would all make a fortune. Why not output Batman films a bit more frequently and take a chance on one lower budgeted R-rated one among the higher budgeted safer more mass appeal ones? If you do it with a lower budget, that would mean it could make an even higher profit then regular Batman movies. You don’t need $200M+ to make a good Batman film. If the movie is good, people will go and see it. If you can do it with Wolverine, why not Batman? I’m convinced people would be very curious and interested in seeing a real hard mature Batman movie. I don’t know if this will happen in the near future, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see one happen in a few years.

        • Rob

          Sure in theory you could, but in reality it can never happen unless the Batman franchise goes even lower than it did after Batman and Robin and it is left for dead.

          And comparing it to Wolverine isn’t an apples to apples comparison. The Wolverine trilogy just passed the $1 billion mark. The last two Batman movies each did more than a $1 billion. If a solo PG-13 Wolverine movie could gross $1 billion worldwide, there would have been no way Fox would have done a R-rated Logan. No way will we see a R-rated superhero movie gross a billion dollars worldwide and no studio is going to mess with a golden goose.

          • Math

            I don’t know. 20 years ago we never imagined any of these comic book based movies would ever happen yet here we are having shared universes and R rated Wolverine movies. I’m not saying it’s going to happen in the next couple years, but if a few more R rated comic book movies make big box office, someone at WB/DC is going to have a convincing pitch basically saying “There’s a market for it so why only release one Batman movie a year when we could simultaneously shoot an extra lower budgeted R rated Batman movie and raise our years profit margin by a few more hundred millions.” I don’t think it’s impossible. I don’t think it’s going to happen within the next 5 years, but I wouldn’t be surprised we get an R rated Batman in like 2024 or something like that. I’m an optimistic so I believe that reality is becoming more and more plausible.

          • Rob

            You are talking about major studios. No way do they do that. We can’t even see a live action TV version of Batman because Warner Brothers don’t want to cheapen the brand.

            The reason why we have an R rated Logan is because Fox destroyed the brand with one really bad and one mediocre film. Making Logan rated R was an effort to renew interest in the character. If the previous two films were successful enough, no way would Fox have made a R rated Logan.

  • Darthmanwe

    DC has very fitting characters for an R-rated, smaller budget, character movie.

    Constantine is one. Green Arrow is another. But let’s be honest, the most prime candidate is right in front of our face.

    Mother effing batman. That character SHOULD have a crime drama, with small budget and more emphasis on character.

    • Rob

      I doubt they will ever make a R rated Batman movie. Fox has shown with Deadpool and Logan that R-Rated superhero movies can be big, but I don’t think you will ever see a R-rated superhero movie gross a billion worldwide like a PG-13 Batman movie can.

      • Darthmanwe

        WEll, do we need all batman movies to gross a billion?

        I’ll say, instead of spending 200+100 (production + marketing) and maybe earning a billion (really only 700Mil because of theaters’ cut on that take), the studio would be happier making a 50M batman movie (50 more for marketing) and earning deadpool-like, 600-700.

        More net gain, probably a better movie, better critics comment ( because crime dramas skew to be favored by critics), win-win-win all around.

        And if anyone tries to tell me “oh, but 13 year olds can’t see it”, I have two things to tell ya.

        1) F 13 year olds. ADD-addled, smartphone addicted little wastes of space.
        2) An awful lot of 13 year olds did indeed watch deadpool. That R-rating enforcement is not pursued anywhere outside LA and New york.

        • SAMURAI36

          That’s because DP has always been intended to be for 13yo’s. DP is like giving an adolescent kid their first Nudie mag, complete with a gun & a sword.

        • Rob

          It doesn’t matter if we need a billion dollar grossing Batman. It is WB who cares. They want it not only for the money, but the status.

  • pj jp

    dceu should worry bout making a likeable film by critics and general audiences first. Before they even deliberate maken a r rated film in this dceu.

    • SAMURAI36

      Except none of the Wolverine movies were “likeable” by critics before Logan.

      • Rob

        Fox has put out several likeable superhero movies. Wolverine isn’t the only superhero movie franchise in Fox’s stable.

  • Jason Scarpelli

    Oh sure after the success of Logan

    • SAMURAI36

      See my response above.

      • Jason Scarpelli

        Logan was actually the successor out of all of them.

  • pj jp

    Potential DCEU taglines-

    “We follow the successes of other companies.”
    “We do what other companies do but worse.”
    “We react!”

    • SAMURAI36

      Except, they toyed with making SS R-rated. And the home video release of BVS was R-Rated. All before Logan.

      • Rob

        Home video releases aren’t rated. Who knows if the home video version of BvS would have gotten an R rating.

        And both Suicide Squad and BvS came out after Deadpool which is the first successful R-Rated superhero movie. Fox beat them to the punch.

        • Maxi Iroh

          V for vendetta, Watchmen, 300, Constantine and BvS UE were all R-Rated movies based on DC/Vertigo property, aside from 300.

          • Axxell

            If any movie should be an R, it should’ve been Suicide Squad.

          • Rob

            None of the DC movies released before Deadpool were successful at the box office other than 300. It is Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and Constantine that made people believe you couldn’t have a R rated superhero movie.

            And BvS UE was a home release not a theatrical release. And it wasn’t rated by the MPAA. They just called it a R Rated release.

      • pj jp

        yawns

        • SAMURAI36

          In other words, “don’t bother me while I’m making $#!t up”? Got it.

  • Wade Aiken

    the Question

  • Steven Pfc

    Deathstroke R-rated spin-off watch this space.

    • Axxell

      Why do people need another Deadpool series?

  • bingeit 45

    WB made v for vendetta, watchmen, 300 and Constantine R and all were based on comic books so what will be big deal if they make another one.
    p.s – SS should have been rated r

  • Maxi Iroh

    SS2, Lobo, Green Arrow, JLDark and Deathstroke.

  • pj jp

    they should change dc to rc. For reaction comics.