It’s no secret that fans were less than thrilled when the original Venom hit theaters with a PG-13 rating. If any character ever cried out for R-rating, it was Venom.
With that being said, however, there is no question that the film did well as it went on to earn $856 million globally.
But what if it could go even further next time around? Or even do the same, but with the character in his full gory glory? Well, he may get to give it a go thanks to the Clown Prince of Crime.
Speaking with CinemaBlend recently, Venom 2 producer Matt Tolmach shared some thoughts on how Joker may have changed the game when it comes to R-rated comic book movies.
I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating. … I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.
R-rated comic book movies have been ever so slowly clawing their way into the mainstream, but it appears that Joker breaking the $1 billion dollar barrier may have been the final push everyone needed.
With Carnage in the mix this time, it seems like a bit of a no-brainer to go for that R-rating.