“Logan” opens on March 3, telling a grittier superhero story than most viewers are used to. It’s a rare comic book adaptation that’s rated R for its more mature content, but audiences are interested in more of that according to a recent survey. According to the poll, 71% of respondents want more superhero movies to be R-rated, and 86% are interested in seeing a more mature “X-Men” movie this weekend. Do you agree? Vote in our own poll at the bottom of this post.
Hugh Jackman stars in “Logan” as the title character, aka Wolverine, who is laying low near the Mexican border when a young mutant on the run crosses his path. Jackman he has played this role in multiple films since his star-making turn in the first “X-Men” movie in 2000. Jackman’s Wolverine subsequently appeared in three “X-Men” sequels and two of his own spinoff films, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) and “The Wolverine” (2013). The latter of those spinoff films was directed by James Mangold, who is back for “Logan” and whose resume also includes the Oscar winning films “Girl, Interrupted” (1999) and “Walk the Line” (2005).
Superhero films have already been maturing for years. Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy of “Batman” films from 2005 to 2012 were darker takes on the superhero genre and included “The Dark Knight,” which earned eight Oscar nominations in 2008 and won Best Supporting Actor posthumously for Heath Ledger — though those films were all rated PG-13.
While a few comic book movies have gotten the R-rated treatment — like “Blade” (1998), “Watchmen” (2009) and “Kick-Ass” (2010) — arguably the biggest boon to date for more violent, foul-mouthed superheroes was “Deadpool” in 2016, which was not only critically acclaimed but a box office sensation, making $132 million in its opening weekend on its way to a $783 million haul worldwide.
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