You canâ€™t say Warner Bros doesnâ€™t listen. On the heels of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they heard cries against the â€œdark and joylessâ€ criticism, so they took to the editing bays and modified Suicide Squad accordingly. Soon afterwards, they flew a whole mess of movie sites to the set of Justice League and showed off some early footage, again showing off that theyâ€™re taking fansâ€™ opinions seriously. Over the course of the past couple years, weâ€™ve seen a resurgence of hard-R films like Deadpool, John Wick, and Logan, which were huge successes on relatively small budgets. This is something that hasnâ€™t gone unnoticed by the likes of DC Films.
According to a report from TheWrap, theyâ€™re even open to making an R-rated film in the DC universe. Hereâ€™s what the outletâ€™s insider had to say:
â€œOne hundred percent yes. With the right character(s).â€
While weâ€™re sure many minds went instantly to Batman, we think there are plenty of other characters who would be better suited to such a rating. Gotham City Sirens isnâ€™t a bad option, but in addition to that, if DC could figure out a way to make a Lobo film, that would also be the way to go.
Of course, we have to address the big elephant in the room. It canâ€™t be ignored that while Warner Bros has shown that theyâ€™re â€œreceptiveâ€ to what an audience is saying, they also seem to be diagonosing their films with the wrong problem. For example, Batman v Supermanâ€™s theatrical cut had problems that were much bigger than its â€œdark and joylessâ€ tone, and had its narrative been less muddled, audiences wouldnâ€™t have had a problem with the tone (just look at how well Logan is doing). Similarly, I hope they donâ€™t begin to think that â€œif a film is rated R itâ€™ll do well,â€ because thatâ€™s not why Logan and Deadpool worked at all.
What do you think of this new report? Is this a good thing that WB is open to R-rated superhero films, or do you see it as another trend for them to chase? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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