In news that manages to be surprising and entirely unsurprising all at once, Warner Bros. has revealed that their animated adaptation of the infamous comic Batman: The Killing Joke will be rated R. It’s surprising because Warner Bros.’ library of direct-to-DVD movies set in the DC superhero universe have traditionally been produced with younger audiences in mind. Yet, it’s unsurprising because writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s 1988 one-shot is one of the grimmest Batman stories ever created and the last comic you’d want to hand off to the young superhero fan in your life.
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Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Ever since Deadpool utterly demolished the box office last month, superhero movie fans and pundits have been waiting breathlessly for “the Deadpool effect” to take hold — that is, for R-rated superhero adventures to start flooding the multiplex. But so far, the Deadpool effect is more theory than fact. Yes, Wolverine 3 might be rated R, but those plans were in motion before Deadpool hit. Ditto the R-rated home video edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios has been quite clear that its movies will stay PG-13, and it sounds like Warner Bros.’ competing DC universe isn’t in any rush to go R-rated either (Batman v Superman “ultimate edition” notwithstanding). Find out below why we shouldn’t expect any DC movies rated R. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month, Deadpool definitively proved that an R-rated superhero movie could make money. Lots of money. To date, it’s grossed $619 million and counting — more than the entire runs of films like X-Men: First Class and Ant-Man. Naturally, that led to lots of chatter about which other superheroes could go R-rated. Which other costumed heroes might benefit from the freedom to go dark, twisted, violent, sexy?
Well, only time will tell, but we do know which ones definitely won’t. Disney chairman Bob Iger has made it crystal clear that the men and women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will not be going R-rated in the foreseeable future. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Superhero stories have been violent since their inception. Even when they mean well, they’re power fantasies at their core – someone with the power to make a change fights against a broken system to bring the bad guys to justice. The golden age comics of Batman and Superman may be sillier than their modern counterparts, but they still ultimately came down to tough good guys kicking villains in the pants. A superhero tale without fisticuffs is the exception, not the rule.
And yet, the conversation over violence in superhero tales has gotten louder and more prominent in recent years, as readers and critics alike have discussed where the boundary between acceptable and too far lies. Now, a new piece of of news has tossed a bucket of kerosene on that particular debate – there will be an “Ultimate Edition” of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and it will be rated R.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Deadpool‘s $132 million opening would have been impressive under any circumstances, but it was especially noteworthy given the film’s R rating. The conventional wisdom has been that PG-13 is the way to go if you want to make lots of money, because an R rating, by its very nature, excludes a sizable chunk of the potential audience. But not only did the R rating not hurt Deadpool, it seemed to actually help. It signaled to moviegoers that this wasn’t going to be just another bland, safe comic book adaptation, and they turned out in droves to see what it would be.
Naturally, Hollywood has taken notice. For the past several days, the question has been whether Deadpool could spark a whole new wave of R-rated superhero movies. And while it’s too early to tell, it seems like 20th Century Fox, at least, is ready to take the plunge again. Rumor has it the studio is considering an R rating for the upcoming Wolverine movie, to be directed by James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman. Read More »
It’s fair to say most of us snuck into R-rated movies before we reached the magical age of 17. It’s easy to do, and you’d almost have to go out of your way to get caught, unless you went to a really strict movie theater. While plenty of kids and teens snuck in to see Deadpool this weekend, there’s another movie in theaters right now that a certain director thinks they should attend next.
Below, Michael Moore (Sicko) explains how anyone under the age of 17 can see his new documentary Where to Invade Next.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
All the marketing for Deadpool so far has made it abundantly clear that this isn’t your typical PG-13, fun-for-the-whole-family superhero adventure. There are dick jokes, poop jokes, exploding heads, and oh so many f-bombs. But just in case you’re still worried 20th Century Fox will try to rein in the Merc with a Mouth, let this news put your mind at ease: Deadpool now officially has an R-rating from the MPAA. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We can say a lot of things, both good and bad, about Rob Zombie as a director, but at least he has a voice. While many filmmakers are happy to color within the lines and deliver something approachable and easy to sell, Zombie’s particular brand of foul, brutal, throwback horror is always interesting, even when the movie is a total stinker. I’d sooner watch the feverish, fascinating, and totally awful The Lords of Salem again before I revisit many horror movies. For better and worse, his movies stand out. They’re so filthy that you can practically smell them.
And since a major component of Zombie’s aesthetic involves finding unique and special ways to portray human pain and suffering, it shouldn’t be surprising that his latest movie, 31, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. And while this is a weird badge of honor for any horror filmmaker, it’s not one that you want to wear all the time – as Zombie himself is quick to point out, this rating can spell certain doom for any movie.
Hit the jump for more on the latest Rob Zombie 31 news.
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Filmmaker Michael Moore wasn’t happy when his newest film, Where to Invade Next, was branded with an R rating. The MPAA was unfair to Moore’s latest, and after attempt to appeal the rating, his request for a PG-13 has been denied.
Learn more about the Where to Invade Next rating after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially PG-13. That’s the rating we all expected, but some fans worried Disney would try to make the film a completely kid-friendly picture — something we shouldn’t expect from J.J. Abrams or this franchise. Even the PG installments, like The Empire Strikes Back, would’ve been rated PG-13 today.
Abrams’ sequel is the second Star Wars film to be rated PG-13. After the jump, learn what the Force Awakens’ rating is and isn’t for.
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