Comic books aren’t just for kids, and neither should movies have to be too. Back in the day, the idea of an adult comic book film to hit the mainstream silver screen was a big risk, either in handling the quality well or the box office numbers restricting certain people.
That’s really lead a path for hit or miss numbers for any company that has tried to do it. While films like Watchmen or Dredd has gotten great cult following after their release, they didn’t warrant the sales needed for their companies. Even films like The Crow or the Blade trilogy while great in delivery and pretty decent in numbers, it was still too small a niche to consider.
Fast forward to the high-production age between DC and Marvel. While both cinematic universes are making the most of their big budgets and aiming to all ages, Fox really took its risk with low budget but high marketable content for the infamous Merc with a Mouth Deadpool, whom just 7 years back was wronged back in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Following suit with that, Logan has received huge praise with its additional mature content and phenomenally executed story and has opened itself with one of the biggest opening numbers this year yet. Needless to say even MCU’s television blocks on Netflix has shown great success with their stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
Now that the numbers have been noticeably more acceptable and a more R-rated comic book films are showing to be commercially successful and highly regarded as classics, will the tables turn for the DCEU? Seems to be a highly-regarded “yes”.
Sourced as a “well-placed insider” at Warner Bros., one of the people of DC Films wrote to TheWrap:
“One hundred percent yes. With the right character(s).”
At least they’re taking precaution to actually garner the worth of an R-rating. Though an R-rated cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was available through its Ultimate Cut, it’s the main theater audience that it has to set itself for.
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