It's been an interesting few weeks for the superhero film world. Following the huge and unexpected success of the R-rated DEADPOOL film, fans have been wondering if the era of the R-rated superhero movies was upon us--and if DC would move forward with their own cinematic universe with R-rated films. After all, unlike Marvel's own Cinematic Universe, this DC Extended Universe is one that is still in its formative years. In addition, DC's content tends to skew a bit darker, so it'd make sense that they may decide to go R, considering how successful DEADPOOL was able to be.
Things got a little more confusing when it was revealed that WB would be releasing an R-rated version of BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Is WB losing confidence in keeping things a bit more family friendly? Are they seeing a potential market in making their properties R-rated? To make things even more interesting, their next film, SUICIDE SQUAD, is one that seems like the best fit for an R-rating of any DC superhero property. Rumors have even been flying that they've been shooting R-rated alternate takes for the film just in case. But just how true is this? Is the future of the DCEU as malleable as it seems?
In a recent interview with Collider, BATMAN v SUPERMAN producer Charles Roven said the following:
"At the moment, my understanding is we are still releasing Suicide Squad as a PG-13, so there hasn’t been to my mind a serious conversation about doing anything other than that. I understand why DEADPOOL was released as an R-rated film, and I think that the DC Justice League characters, particularly because so many of them are so iconographic, have been around for so long and for so many generations that have grown up with them, and that are still growing up with them, I think we want to present them, when we finally present them, to the broadest possible audience that we can. I think that’s why we’ve planned on making these movies PG-13.
I’m not seeing any real reason to change. We’ve made some pretty edgy films that are rated PG-13. You never want to say “never” because we all evolve, but right now I think we’re staying that course."
The man is smart to leave a backdoor open for future growth, but for now, it seems to confirm that they'd much rather stay the course and keep their property open to a wide audience. But what about lesser known properties like, say, Lobo?
Roven said the following:
"I am a fan of other DC characters that I’m not producing those films. Right now my focus on the DC Universe is the DC Justice League Universe, and the DC Justice League Universe is the DC Justice League heroes and the DC Justice League villains. So I have not really focused yet on finding a character. There’s a group we’re maybe kicking around the idea of it. We haven’t actually yet fully put it into development so I can’t really talk about it, I’m sorry. But at present, for the time being, we’re headed down this course."
Is this the right move for DC and WB? Why or why not? Let us know down in the comments below!
BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters this week, on March 25, 2016.
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