Last year, Ryan Reynolds answered the prayers of fans across the board when he revealed that his upcoming Deadpool film will indeed be rated R. Many were worried that the movie was pursuing a watered-down rating – a huge bummer for fans of the comic and its character, known for his penchant for obscenity and gratuitousness.
With that being said, it should also be noted that Deadpool is not remotely the first R-rated superhero. He follows in the footsteps of Wesley Snipes’s Blade trilogy (the last of which co-starred Ryan Reynolds), which basically kickstarted both the Marvel superhero era and the second phase of comic book superhero movies back in 1998. He follows in the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd, along with the recent Dredd 3D reboot. He follows three distinct and very R-rated Punisher movies, from 1989, 2004, and 2008 respectively. He follows two Kick-Ass movies, Watchmen, and the (superpowered) likes of The Crow and Constantine. Deadpool is not the first R-rated superhero movie nor is Deadpool even the first “hard-R superhero.”
Recently Chloë Grace Moretz (who, of course, played the adorable and deadly Hit-Girl in the two Kick Ass movies) recently had a chat with the folks over at IGN to talk about the appeal of R-rated comic book movies. Heck, we’re still waiting for an R-rated Batman movie… which, sadly, will probably never happen.
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