Deadpool‘s success has prompted superhero studios to reconsider their ratings policy. So why not amp up the Ant-Man sequel to NC-17?
There is no denying that Deadpool‘s R-rating served it well. Not only were audiences treated to above-average superhero gore and nudity, but most importantly, its rating served the story. This was not a toned-down Deadpool for a wider audience; this was exactly as raunchy as the comics on which it was based.
Still, you can practically hear DC kicking themselves for not upping Suicide Squad‘s ante, while Fox appears to be seriously considering an R-rated X-Force. Meanwhile, Zack’s Snyder’s Batman v Superman is getting an R-rated director’s cut on the DVD.
All this has prompted Peyton Reed, the director of arguably the most kid-friendly Marvel flick Ant-Man, to post the following on Twitter:
Breaking: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is going FULL NC-17. Confirmed.
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) February 24, 2016
It’s funny, but it’s also a bit of a dig at the industry’s annoying tendency to jump on anything popular and try to mass produce it.
This becomes even more apparent when considering how James Gunn (director of another kid-friendly superhero flick, Guardians of the Galaxy) responded to the tweet with a similar joke:
@MrPeytonReed I hear The Inhumans is gonna be a snuff film.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 25, 2016
James Gunn, of course, has publicly stated his distaste for our collective misunderstanding of Deadpool‘s success. As he said in a lengthy Facebook post, Hollywood is now wrongfully assuming that its R-rating is the key to its appeal.
“After every movie smashes records people here in Hollywood love to throw out the definitive reasons why the movie was a hit,” he wrote.
“You’ll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool,. They’ll be green lighting films “like Deadpool” – but, by that, they won’t mean “good and original” but “a raunchy superhero film” or “it breaks the fourth wall.” They’ll treat you like you’re stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn’t do.”
Joke’s on them though, because an NC-17 Ant-Man and the Wasp would be AWESOME.