Here is some news that could excite fans of the DC Extended Universe! According to Warner Bros. Pictures President Toby Emmerich, the studio is open to making R-rated superhero movies in the future. Read his statement below.
Could R-Rating Improve DCEU Movies?
With the exception of Wonder Woman, it is no secret that DC movies are struggling to keep up with Marvel movies. While DCEU movies are still huge money-makers, critics and fans are not exactly too happy with the quality they produce.
After the critical and box office successes of Deadpool and Logan, the comic book industry is yearning for darker, more gritty superhero movies that are not exactly for kids. While the aforementioned movies are definitely masterpieces in their genre, both received an R-rating that significantly improved quality.
Some of the movies released under the DCEU banner, like David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, might have benefited from an R-rating instead of a PG-13. Fortunately, Warner Bros. could see an R-rated DC movie in the future.
“I would be surprised if we didn’t at some point make an R-rated DC movie,” Emmerich told Variety. He also added that he “admires violent, irreverent and very adult comic-book movies” such as Deadpool and Logan.
The studio is already making R-rated superhero movies albeit in animated form. The adaptations of both Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League Dark have both received R-ratings for their violent content. However, live-action superhero (and even supervillain) movies remain kid-friendly.
Considering that DCEU has a much darker tone than the MCU, R-rated DC movies make so much sense. Emmerich believes that this could differentiate DC movies from Marvel projects.
In contrast, Marvel President Kevin Feige stated in a previous interview that the studio has no plans to make an R-rated Marvel movie anytime soon. He pointed out the success of Deadpool and Logan lie not in the R-rating, but from the creative risks that the writers, directors, and actors took.
Sony is also venturing toward darker comic book movies. Earlier this year, Collider reported that Sony might be aiming for an R-rating for the upcoming solo Venom movie.
As for fans of DC, Warner Bros. still has a slew of new superhero movies slated to be released in the next five years. Projects such as Margot Robbie’s Gotham City Sirens and Suicide Squad 2 could benefit from an R-rating.
DCEU Characters Do Not Need To Change
Meanwhile, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg spoke to Variety to defend the characters of the DCEU. “There’s nothing to change,” Johns explained. “That’s what these characters are.”
He argued that these superheroes do not always have to reflect hope and optimism. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie, he pointed out, was a celebration of a character that fans grew up with and loved.
Johns and Berg also talked about the upcoming superhero and supervillain movies centered around women. After Wonder Woman, the studio is slated to start production on Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Wonder Woman 2.
“We’ve got a lot of plans for our female characters just because they’re great characters,” Johns teased. “There are many wonderful elements to the DC Universe, and one of them is that we have the best female characters, heroes, and villains, in the world. No one is going to beat Wonder Woman and Batgirl and Harley Quinn.”
In the meantime, the next movie that will come out from the DCEU is Justice League. After the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) with Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) work together to form a superhero team that will face a newly-awakened threat. The upcoming movie will also star Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg.
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