Warner Bros. Pictures Chief Toby Emmerich has opened up on how the DCEU can differentiate itself from the highly successful comic book films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During a recent in interview with Variety, the studio chief expressed his admiration for Deadpool, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time as well as the recent critically acclaimed Logan which delivered a definitive and extremely violent take on Wolverine in Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the clawed mutant hero.
“I would be surprised if we didn’t at some point make an R-rated DC movie,” Emmerich told the trade.
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw an R-rated extended cut released, the theatrical version was a less violent, PG-13 version of the film but films such as Logan and Deadpool have proved that R-rated comic book films can be highly lucrative and audiences are craving for a less family friendly, more adult take on their favorite superheroes.
But DC Comics is no stranger to R-rated adaptations of their properties. Both Justice League Dark and Batman: The Killing Joke — which saw a limited theatrical run — were R-rated animated features. As 20th Century Fox continues to expand its R-rated corner of the X-Men franchise with Deadpool 2, the X-Force movie, as well as the prospect of Sony taking a stab at an R-rated comic book film with either Venom or Silver and Black, it’s highly likely we’ll see an R-rated DCEU film come to fruition in the coming years, perhaps with Justice League Dark.
Next up for the DCEU will be Zack Snyder’s Justice League which hits theaters November 17th, 2017. The epic superhero team-up will be followed by James Wan’s Aquaman on December 21, 2018. Following Aquaman, the next DCEU films on Warner Bros. slate to be produced are Batgirl and Justice League Dark.
So what do you think? Do you want to see an R-rated adaptation of one of your favorite DC superheroes? Let us know in the comments below.