Since the release of Deadpool earlier this year, there’s been a number of reports hinting at the possibility that its unprecedented success at the box-office, paired with widespread critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive fan reception have inspired studios to develop more comic book adaptations that lean more towards an older audience. It’s widely been confirmed that the next stand-alone Wolverine movie will have an R-rating and will be much more violent and geared towards adults than any of the previous X-Men or Wolverine films ever have. With all the buzz surrounding Deadpool and “The Age of the R-Rated Comic Book Movie” supposedly upon us, it’s time to remind ourselves that violent mainstream comic book movies made for an older audience are nothing new. In fact, there’s been a bunch of them – some better than others, of course – that, much like Deadpool, have garnered their fair share of critical and financial success.
Keeping in mind that Deadpool’s overwhelmingly positive reception will undoubtedly bring about a floury of films trying to repeat its success at the worldwide box-office, here are the 12 best violent comic book movies to date.
12 A History of Violence (2005)
11 Watchmen (2009)
10 V For Vendetta (2006)
9 300 (2007)
8 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
7 The Crow (1994)
6 Kick-Ass (2010)
A film that features an 11-year-old girl killing mobsters with a spear pretty much has to be on a list ranking violent comic book movies. A black comedy that examines many of the tropes common to the superhero genre, the film stars Aaron Johnson as Dave, an average teenager and avid comic book readers who one day decides to become the crime-fighting vigilante Kick-Ass, who teams up with father-daughter duo Big Daddy (Nic Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) to take down the mob.
5 Blade (1998)
4 Ichi The Killer (2001)
3 Sin City (2005)
2 Deadpool (2016)
1 Oldboy (2003)
Oldboy is more than just a comic book adaptation – it’s masterful film-making from an overwhelmingly talented director, plain and simple. Based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, director Park Chan-wook takes audiences on a revenge-fueled journey following the mysterious 15-year imprisonment of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), who upon his release, sets off on a mission to make his captors pay for stealing his life from him. What follows is a Shakespearean tragedy filled with incredibly memorable and brilliantly choreographed fight scenes which have been ripped-off and referenced countless times since the film's release. The film took home the Grand Prix award at Cannes in 2004, awarded as a second-place trophy behind the Palme d’Or. Not bad for a comic book movie.
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