Deadpool broke the superhero mold. It proved that an R-rated superhero flick could put a lot of butts in seats -- and break box office records in the process. That being said, will Deadpool's success inspire other studios to experiment with more R-rated superhero movies? There's clearly an appetite for it. Take David Ayer's Suicide Squad, for example.
With some of DC Comics's most notorious villains at the forefront of the action, the film seemed ripe for an R rating. However, in order to keep the films in the DC Expanded Universe tonally consistent, Ayer settled for a PG-13 rating, like Batman V Superman before it. Although the decision may have put a cap on the amount of blood, gore, and cursing that can be featured, it didn't affect the overall attitude of the film.
"For an R movie, you have to decide to do it right out the gate, and that was never the case here," Ayer told MTV News at CinemaCon's Warner Bros' presentation on April 13. "We were always going to hit the PG-13 rating. But the film is meant to be that. It's got edge, and it's got attitude. And it's got its own voice... There's a lot in the film that's going to surprise people."
Though Suicide Squad undoubtedly skirts the edge off its PG-13 rating, that won't stop Ayer from fighting for a much naughtier sequel. When asked if he would consider an R-rated follow-up, the director said, "It would be worth lobbying for."
Now, that's something we want to see really, really badly. Right, Mistah J?
With reporting by Josh Horowitz