With the R-Rated Joker burning up the box office, the possibility of R rated comic book films doing well has been established. While this was already a thing with Fox’s Deadpool and Logan, the purchase of Fox by Disney has put a damper on such films.
Because of Jokers success, the brain trust at WB has seen the viability of such films. They also recognize a niche to be filled. Such is the thoughts of Walter Hamada who was brought in to head DC’s film division and Warner Bros. film chief Toby Emmerich. Under their supervision, DC has become more comfortable with more adult oriented films. The upcoming Birds of Prey is expected to get a similar R rating. In addition, it is predicted the same will said of James Gunn’s upcoming “Suicide Squad” sequel.
This goes in line with what film insiders believe such as Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations:
There’s a huge appetite for R-rated superhero movies. If Marvel isn’t going to step up, that presents an opening for DC to tap into that audience.
Do you think that more R rated comic book films is the way for DC to go? Or do you feel that Joker was just the perfect storm of story, director and actor? Share your thoughts on DC’s direction with us at Geek Vibes Nation.
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