Batman v Superman Producer Talks Rated R Comic Book Movies


Batman v Superman Charles Roven talks about the possibility of future R-rated DC films

Deadpool is breaking all kinds of records. It’s already one of the most successful movies ever period thanks to it’s low budget and incredibly high box office, and is only climbing higher and higher. But does that mean other comic book movies are going to start following that huge money trail and release a bunch of R-rated comic book films as well? Batman v Superman’s theatrical release is PG-13, but the director’s cut being released on home video later this year is rated R. Suicide Squad, a movie about homicidal supervillains, could certainly work with an R rating. And after years in development limbo, a Lobo movie, material that would certainly possibly garner an R rating, is in the works as well. Is DC, who already is calling themselves edgier than Marvel’s films, going for an R rated future for at least some of their movies? Batman v Superman producer Charles Roven commented on the matter:

"At the moment, my understanding is we are still releasing Suicide Squad as a PG-13, so there hasn’t been to my mind a serious conversation about doing anything other than that. I understand why Deadpool was released as an R-rated film, and I think that the DC Justice League characters, particularly because so many of them are so iconographic, have been around for so long and for so many generations that have grown up with them, and that are still growing up with them, I think we want to present them, when we finally present them, to the broadest possible audience that we can. I think that’s why we’ve planned on making these movies PG-13. I’m not seeing any real reason to change. We’ve made some pretty edgy films that are rated PG-13. You never want to say “never” because we all evolve, but right now I think we’re staying that course."

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Roven went on to say that the Lobo movie is in such early stages, he’s not even really ready to talk about that yet. And while Deadpool is a pretty massive success, it’s still not making the kind of money Batman v Superman needs to really pull in to be a success, and part of that is the huge budget and that emcopasses (see all the tie-ins for Batman v Superman like cereals and sodas and chips). As far as Lobo, while I’m sure I would enjoy an R rated film starring the main man, A PG-13 version that was basically a live-action version of his Justice League cartoon incarnation would be welcome as well.

h/t CBM