We're now living in a post-DEADPOOL world (Never thought I'd be saying that), and as such, up is down, left is right, and R-rated superhero films are seen as potentially profitable projects for studios. We've covered a lot of ground to get here. Tens of PG-13 superhero movies, plus perhaps a handful of less-profitable R-rated affair. But with the recent destruction of the box office from one Wade "Deadpool" Wilson, studios are bound to at least start rethinking things a bit.
The first ones to start rethinking their strategy is 20th Century Fox, the studio that greenlit DEADPOOL in the first place... at least according to a Fox Toy Fair pamphlet posted by Reddit user RayChaos.
At the top of the photo, you can see some promo art for the THE WOLVERINE III (first title confirmation?), and at the bottom you'll be able to see that its anticipated rating is....R.
Check out the actual photo below!
Of course, while we all love to credit DEADPOOL with this, we can't forget that the studio has been debating over an R-rating for the WOLVERINE franchise for some time. In fact, the Blu-Ray for the last film, THE WOLVERINE received an unrated cut of the film, and considering THE WOLVERINE III is poised to be Hugh Jackman's last outing as everyone's favorite clawed mutant, it would make sense that Fox would want to go out with a bang (though it certainly helps that DEADPOOL is now tracking to be Fox's most successful superhero film to date). Like everything with Reddit, be sure to take this news with a huge grain of salt.
What would you think THE WOLVERINE III coming out with an R-rating? Given the franchise's history with PG-13 ratings, does it make sense to make such a drastic change after a single success? Let us know your thoughts down below!
THE WOLVERINE III is set to hit theaters on March 3, 2017.