Despite rumors that said otherwise, Matt Reeves’ The Batman will not be rated R and will instead have a rating of PG-13. While that may be disappointing for some who were hoping for a much darker and grittier version of Batman, it bears mentioning that The Dark Knight was also PG-13 and is considered one of the superhero movies of all time.
Even still, those who were hoping for a new R-rated superhero comic book movie can always fall back on the various films in the genre that are available to watch right now and which carry with them a more adult edge. From Joker to Zack Snyder’s Justice League to Watchmen, these are the top R-rated superhero comic books movies.
15 Best R-Rated Superhero Comic Book Movies
In terms of sheer fun, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) delivers in spades. Although the film’s focus on Harley Quinn is too much, it does leave little room for Birds of Prey. Margot Robbie shines and gives her a damaged protagonist the depth she deserves. We would have liked to see a more cohesive team-up, but Birds of Prey is a great platform for other interesting spin-offs in DC’s cinematic universe. Can we please request Poison Ivy?
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Blade is a movie fueled by spectacle, by outrageous, blood-soaked hyper-violence and beautiful people with immaculate skin. It’s funny, yes, but it embraces its comic book roots. There’s plenty of black humor and enough practical effects to delight horror lovers (few will forget Pearl). )
Keanu Reeves’ Constantine was sort of controversial among comics fans back when it was released — “he doesn’t have blond hair, he’s not British” and so on — but it was a different era for comic book movies back then. The film is a dark, atmospheric tale that fits the comic’s theme. It doesn’t play by the rules when it comes to the scary scenes, which is why the R rating.
Aka The Film That Launched 1000 Goths, The Crow’s seductive appeal is as much due to its moody gothic sensibilities as the tragic off-screen death of star Brandon Lee. There is a great comic movie under the heavy eyeliner. It appeals to the romantic concerns of teenage girls.
Wade Wilson was successfully revived on the big screen in a movie that’s full of amusing one-liners, stylish action, and heaps of fan service. Weak villains and an unsatisfying revenge plot ultimately hold it back from being something more distinctive, but Deadpool delivers a large dose of unwholesome fun.
Deadpool 2 is fairly small-scale and character-focused, and surprisingly, it’s emotionally effective too. Despite Deadpool 2’s trademark flippancy there is a surprising warmth to it. The sequel not only explores the character’s flaws, but also establishes Deadpool as an effective and loving hero.
In many ways, Dredd feels like an action film from a simpler time, like Assault on Precinct 13 or Escape From New York. The set pieces are not too extravagant, but it doesn’t cost a lot. Dredd is a character study. It’s primarily fueled by violence and action. We can’t help but wonder: Why hasn’t there been a sequel?
Joker isn’t just an awesome comic book movie, it’s an awesome movie, period. It raises disturbing questions about a society that is in decline. Joaquin Phoenix’s committed performance and Todd Phillips’ masterful, if loose, reinvention of DC’s source material make Joker an entertaining film that will leave comic book lovers and non-fans alike both disturbed and moved.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a surprise vindication for the director and the fans that believed in his vision. Snyder’s Justice League is a mature version that tackles its superhero drama with better-recognized antagonists and improves the action. This saves the movie from being forgotten. Although some visual effects are not as polished as others, this Justice League version is a lot more enjoyable.
Kick-Ass features storytelling of the very highest order, crafted by experts who know, love and treat the subject matter with the respect it deserves. It is an adaption that captures the humor of the comic and evokes unexpected emotions. You will laugh, cry, and squeal with delight at the wacky behavior of a little girl wearing a purple cape.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spy movie made by James Bond devotees who know the genre so well that they can have a good time with it while also paying it respect — and taking it to someplace new entirely. R-rated, but in the right way. (The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is also rated R and also worth a look. )
Logan is in many ways an emotional, heavy picture, but it’s also an uplifting one that reminds us that it’s okay to fight for something more, something better. It’s Hugh Jackman’s swan song, and it is perhaps the best X-Men movie.
The Suicide Squad
James Gunn absolutely kills it with The Suicide Squad. This film is a chaotic, bloody ride that does justice to Task Force X
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V For Vendetta
V For Vendetta is a triumph for director James McTeigue and the Wachowski siblings. The film delivers its message well and maintains a fast pace. It also looks great with a carefully chosen cast. Although the film’s unflinching message might be difficult for some, it is one that will stay with you and make you think. V For Vendetta is a great example of this.
Watchmen is Zack Snyder’s first foray into true superhero cinema (having already make his mark in comics-based moviemaking with the amazing, also R-rated 300), and he makes no attempt to pull back from the violence, sex, and adult nature of the original graphic novel. It’s a divisive film among fans, with some sa