Deadpool has broken every R-rated movie record. It was an excellent movie and deserves its place on top. Producers should take a look at it and work to create more good r-rated comic book movies, emphasis on good. Deadpool wasn’t the first R-rated hero, and he won’t be the last.
Fans have been outspoken in saying that they want more, but just by making a comic book movie with an r-rating doesn’t mean that it’s going to fix the flaws. Slapping an R on Batman vs Superman isn’t going to fix the gaping plot holes and stupid logic that hampered the movie, no matter what Zack Snyder wants to believe. Not every comic book is rated R, so not every comic book movie should be. There are a couple specific characters that have a wide enough appeal to be in an R-rated movie and make money. For example, Green Lantern is a great hero that could star in blockbuster movies, but he’s family friendly and making a movie about him rated R would be detrimental to both ticket sales and movie quality.
Some comic book movies were rated R and were great (Kick-Ass, V for Vendetta, Sin City) others were terrible (Blade: Trinity, Dredd, The Punisher). It just goes to show that the rating has little to do with how good or bad a movie is. Here are 15 Comic Books that should be made into an R-rated movie.
15. Wolverine vs The Hulk
While Wolverine is one of the most recognized X-Men, he actually made his appearance in The Incredible Hulk where he attempts to go one-on-one with Mr. Big-Green himself. He loses, but at the end they realize friendship is magical or something. Marvel ehoed back to this with their Ultimate Wolverine vs The Hulk storyline from 2009. Though the book was not highly successful, it gave readers the now infamous scene of The Hulk tearing Wolverine in Half and throwing each part in a different direction. Wolverine proceeds to crawl back to his lower half over the course of a few days (though it was almost 3 and a half years between issues). We would love to see a movie that utilizes both of these books and where we get a real showdown between the two, but it has to involve the Hulk tearing Logan in two.
14. Dex-Starr The Red Lantern
The Red Lantern Corp. is not the most well known Lantern crew in the DC universe; that would be the Green Lanterns. Where Hal Jordan and his crew have green rings that gain strength from willpower, there is a whole bunch of other power rings that draw from other emotions, and in the case of the Red Lanterns that emotion is rage. Dex-Starr has been noted as the most malicious member of the Red Lanterns, but what else do you expect from an Earth house cat from Brooklyn? After he fails to protect his beloved owner from a murderous break-in, Dexter the cat is shooed away by policemen when trying to help them find the killer. Afterwards two street thugs find the poor cat, and attempt to drown him in the river. That’s when the Red power ring finds him, proclaiming him Dex-Starr, and giving him the power to brutally murder the thugs that tried to drown him. He then takes on a vengeful quest to find the ones who hurt his owner, and kill them. All because he is a “good kitty.” Who doesn’t want to see this movie play out?
13. The Killing Joke
The Joker shooting Barbara Gordon in the spine, which permanently paralyzes her, is one of the most crucial moments in Batman lore. It is a truly heart wrenching scene as she bleeds out, seeing her life flash before her eyes, fully aware of how helpless she is. And to make it worse Joker captures the whole thing on camera to force her dad to watch on a loop. The Killing Joke is not only the origin story for Oracle (Barbara Gordon post shooting), but it also gives us an origin of the Joker. We get to watch as a failing comedian loses everything in his life after he accidentally agrees to take on the persona of the criminal, The Red Hood. The final scene of Joker emerging from falling into an acid bath with bleached skin and green hair, is one of the most memorizing scenes in all of comic books. The comic book is definitely rated R, though some tweaks could take the rating to a more family friendly one for the movie. However, if the studio does move forward on this (and rumors swirl that they will), we can only hope they give us exactly what was on the page.
12. Injustice: Gods Among Us
Fans of the video game got a brief taste of the dark and murderous man that Superman turns into as they watch him melt Shazam’s face off. He’s arguably more brutal in the comics however, as the reader is forced to watch him beat some of his best friends to death. There are few scenes are tragic as the moment when The Green Arrow’s lifeless limbs fall to the floor and Black Canary understands that she has lost her husband forever. This is one of the first in a long line of beloved characters that are now dead by Superman’s hand in the Injustice books. Putting the correct cinematic behind the comics would easily garner an R rating, but it would also create a movie we would really want to see.
11. A Death In The Family
Another Batman story finds it’s way onto the list, which is no surprise. The A Death in the Family storyline is often noted as one of the more gripping yet brutal tales in all of comics. After months of searching for his long lost mother, Jason Todd (Robin #2) finally finds her and has a very emotional reunion. However the reunion is short lived when Jason’s mom sells him out to The Joker. Jason is then mercilessly beat with a crow bar into a bloody pulp that even the Joker calls a “mess.” In one final act of heroism Jason throws his body on a bomb left by The Joker to protect his mother, who is also being held hostage. An R rating would be necessary to tell this story correctly as many of the scenes are much too graphic for young audiences, but seeing as this storyline is such a powerful moment for the Batman-Joker relationship, the story should be told. It looks like it will be referenced in Batman vs Superman and who knows, maybe we’ll get to see it staring Batflek and Joker Leto. They also get a chance to make it continue with the story of Red Hood.
10. Amadeus Arkham
Yet another story from the Batman mythos. Amadeus Arkham, founder of the Arkham Asylum, has quite the interesting backstory. As a young boy he had to care for and watch over his mother as she was slowly losing all sense of sanity. Even with this traumatic episode, Amadeus grew up to lead a highly successful life as one of the most respected psychologists in the world. But after one of his ‘cured’ patients, Mad Dog, seeks him out and dismembers Arkham’s wife and daughter, the true Amadeus begins to reveal himself. He continues to treat Mad Dog and is applauded for doing so. He listens as Mad Dog tells him over and over again exactly what he did to Arkham’s wife, and after 6 months Arkham electrocutes him to death. He continues to punish those prisoners who he feels should be “liberated.” He then turns his attention to “liberating” his mother, and others in his life. He finally gets arrested and thrown into the hospital he founded. It’s a story even some of the most devoted comic fans are unfamiliar with, but would be a great introduction to making a darker and more in depth Batman cinematic world.
The comic world is abuzz about a potential sequel to Blade. Wesley Snipes has openly expressed interest in playing the character again and even said that he would hope to join up with the Avengers if asked. Oh paper that sounds unbelievably awesome, as a Spider-Man and Blade pair up sounds like a ton of fun. But adding more characters to the already clustered Avengers team is just gonna piss off a lot of people. We are more interested in Blade 4, as the first Blade was a pretty good movie, even if the sequels stunk. Blade was an early R-rated comic book movie, and one of the few good ones. The sequels prove that slapping an R rating onto the movie will not increase the quality. If a sequel can achieve the quality of the first film, you can count on us to go see it.
Take Homeward Bound but give the dogs crazy armor capable of single-handedly taking down the military and you’ve got We3… kinda. Grant Morrison’s We3 is a 3 issue series about a dog, a cat, and a bunny that were taken from loving families and experimented on to become killing machines. When they escape all they want is to go find their home, but the government desperately wants to keep their projects away from the public so the animals are forced to slaughter wave after wave of soldiers bent on killing them. Parts of the book are very gory, parts are pretty funny, and there are moments that will make you cry. There have been some plans to make this into a film, with the script already complete. However there hasn’t been much news about it since 2008, though James Gunn has expressed interest in getting the project off the ground.
7. Mister Sinister
Mister Sinister is a strange villain. Off the bat his name is Mister Sinister, one of the most unoriginal names he could have come up with, that alone makes him seem like a joke. However, if done right Mister Sinister could be a great villain. First thing’s first they’ll have to drop the name and call him Nathaniel Essex (his real name), Like they did for Wilson Fisk and Killgrave in the Netflix shows. Then stamp the R rating on his movie and give him a release date around Halloween. I want to see a movie starring Mister Sinister in the vein of Saw and 10 Cloverfield Lane. He can go kidnap some B level mutants and run his experiments on them while keeping himself hidden away from the law. The film could be a horror/comic book movie instead of just an action movie. It would be creepy and rewarding to fans of the X-Men who want to see more of the villains that aren’t just overpowered mutants or giant robots.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just get an awesome Deathstroke? As of now, the best one we’ve got is from the Teen Titans original run on Cartoon Network. The one in Arrow just didn’t have the right feel, though he was pretty ruthless. Deathstroke’s origin story is oddly reminiscent of Deadpool’s and Captain America’s, so sticking with it will definitely get some jeers from movie fans who are unfamiliar with the character. That being said, we would love to see the story of Slade Wilson as a family man who loses all sense of humanity when he is forced to become an assassin for the government. The movie could end with his son being killed and his wife blaming him and then shooting him in the eye. It should be dark and depressing so people might actually understand what Slade has gone through to become Deathstroke.
5. Justice League Dark
This movie has been in limbo for a while now, but we really want it to be made. For those unaware, Justice League Dark is a different kind of Justice League, made up of some of DC’s more paranormal anti-heroes. It features Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and Deadman, all characters who deserve to be on this list by themselves. The team is made up of those who handle situations that the Justice League just isn’t suited for, like fighting vampires. Ok that’s a lame example, but still. As opposed to the Justice League, the Avengers, and most other super team ups; this group really only works for their own self interest (with a couple exceptions). Originally a movie for the team was in the works with Guillermo del Toro attached as the director and even speculation that Matt Ryan would reprise the role of Constantine. That never came to be and del Toro has since dropped. Fingers crossed that either he comes back or the studio somehow finds an equally imaginatively dark director to take over. They won’t but we can dream.
4. Old Man Logan
Old Man Logan is about a retired Wolverine and a Blinded Hawkeye as they are forced back into the superhero game. Obviously the Hawkeye/Wolverine team up can’t happen because of contracts and stuff, but the Old Man Logan storyline as a whole can, it just is pretty dark. Wether it’s when Hawkeye is murdered in front of Logan, when Logan beheads Red Skull, or when the Hulk eats Logan. None of this could happen in the movie so if made it better show the “death” of Wolverine. This death is symbolic, as it’s when Logan chooses to stop using his claws and stop going by the codename Wolverine. The story goes that because of an illusion created by Mysterio, Wolverine saw 40 of his closest teammates as supervillians attempting to attack the X-Men. He slaughtered them all, brutally. It wasn’t until he had killed them all that he saw what he had done as he mourns his fallen friends while covered in their blood.
3. Civil War
Yea we get Captain America: Civil War. Yea the trailers make it look really good, and most of our favorite characters are making appearances. But it’s going to be rated, at worst, PG-13 meaning we’re going to miss some crucial things. Iron Man isn’t going to be able to beat Captain America into the bloody mess that we see in the comics. Punisher isn’t going to be able to blow the brains out of some villains who are beating up Spider-Man. There’s going to be no scene with Luke Cage aggressively telling Stark that the registration act is no different than what Black people went through in the 70s. Ignore that most of those characters won’t even be in the movie, these were some of the best moments from the comics, and we won’t get to see them because kids will be in the theater. Yea we might get a death or two, but it won’t be as tragic as Thor blowing a hole through Goliath’s chest. This is the prime example of why an R-rating can help a movie, the actions in Civil War should be dark and bloody, but they can’t put those on the big screen.
Spider-Man is too easy to make with a kid-friendly rating, but that’s what happens when the main character is most recognized as a high school student. But the origin of the villain Carnage is far from PG. Cletus Cassidy is a psychopathic murderer with no regard for human life. He is the kind of a guy who will kill his grandmother for a laugh, burn down an orphanage, and torture the family dog. We didn’t just make up those examples; he did all of that, and more. His own mother attempts to kill him, to be fair it was after he tried to murder her for a third time, but was unsuccessful. After going on a murderous spree for his entire life, Cletus found himself sharing a cell with Eddie Brock (aka Venom). Cletus was exposed to the alien syndicate that gives Venom his powers and becomes a much more evil version. What could be more evil than a giant Spider-Man like alien that feeds on humans? Well Eddie Brock explains that because the Carnage symbiote is the “offspring” of his, that Carnage is at least twice as strong and less vulnerable to heat and sound, Venom’s weaknesses. A whole team of Superheroes (and even some villains) led by Venom and Spider-man is needed to finally put a stop to Carnage’s crusade of evil. It’s dark, gross, twisted, and bloody; but it would make such a good movie.
Yea you should have seen this coming. Wolverine has technically made this list twice already, but both are specific stories. Old man Logan needs some years before Hugh Jackman is old enough, and Wolverine vs The Hulk is just a fantasy because the two studios won’t work together. So if we want Wolverine in an R-rated movie anytime soon it can’t be either of them. Please, everyone who knows a person who knows a person, call in a favor and let’s make this happen. Wolverine belongs with an R rating, maybe alongside other X-Men maybe not. Maybe he can be featured with Cable in the next Deadpool movie. Actually that sounds pretty realistic. Still, he should be in a standalone bad-ass R-rated movie to make up for the total balony they’ve given us so far.