Would fans want to see an R-rated Superman film? Is there anything the studio hopes will pique the interest of DC fans? Movies like Joker were classified R and were huge box office successes, but that tale also included a villain. Isn’t Superman the epitome of the over-the-top good guy? He’s always been a touch intense in his good-guy ways, depending on what movie or series you’re watching. While Batman has the ability to push things in any way, it is not how we usually view Superman. However, it’s possible that’s how the studio perceives him. According to We Got This Covered sources, Warner Bros. and DC Films are pushing for an R-rated Superman film. Their website does not specify what project this is or when we could see it, but an R-rated Henry Cavill Superman film seems very improbable. According to We Got This Covered, the project might be the recently announced Michael B. Jordan project for HBO Max.
Michael B. Jordan’s Val-Zod, a Kryptonian who took over the Superman moniker in the comics in 2014, will play Superman. Right now, the actor is signed on through his production business, which is trying to create the picture, but many people believe he will play the lead part. For a long time, he’s been a favorite candidate for the superhero. After all that, might his HBO Max series be the right fit for an R-rated Superman movie? According to We Got This Covered, because it will be available on HBO Max rather than in theatres, it may be a natural option. At this moment, an R-rated Superman project appears very implausible, owing in large part to the fact that it would defy so many fan expectations. While it may be a nice way for the Michael B. Jordan effort to distinguish itself from the other Supermans on the market, it may not be a good thing. When moviegoers go to watch a film starring a villain, they may be looking for something a bit more. Marvel took a major step forward by launching Deadpool as an R-rated book, but it’s still a long way from Superman.
To be fair, there have been R-rated Superman films in the past. Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent made an appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which was officially rated R by the MPAA. And the film was made available for streaming on HBO Max. While viewers may sympathise with a troubled Bruce Wayne, a happy Clark Kent is more in line with what people anticipate. Many people thought that when the studio released an R-rated director’s cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it conveyed the wrong message. For violence, the director’s cut was graded R.
It raised a few eyebrows at the time. A standalone picture based on an R-rated original would raise even more eyebrows. Maybe one of the upcoming Superman ventures wants that kind of attention? Or maybe it’s just a rumour we should take with a grain of salt for the time being.
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