There once was a time when studios were afraid to greenlight superhero films that were Rated R. But after the successful blockbuster hits with films like Logan, Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and most recently Joker – it looks like those fears are starting to subside. And now Venom 2 producer Matt Tolmach has confirmed his own belief that there are “more opportunities” for R Rated superhero genre films.
Matt Tolmach recently spoke with CinemaBlend and elaborated his reasoning for why the R Rating now “works”.
“I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well,” Tolmach told CinemaBlend. “Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating.”
“I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed,” Tolmach mentions due to Joker’s unexpectedly massive success with an R Rating.
“For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden,” he said. “So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.”
Obviously since the first Venom was PG-13, and still managed to be a successful film, it’s unlikely they’d try vastly changing the formula for Venom 2. But it does prove that studios and producers are starting to take notice of how successful movies can still be with an R Rating, and that still means a lot for future projects.
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