By now I am sure you have heard the news about how a rated "R" comic book movie broke all kinds of February box office records this weekend with 20th Century Fox's Deadpool movie which stars Ryan Reynolds. Domestically the movie brought in $150 million
for the long 3-day Presidents Day weekend and worldwide is said to have brought in a total $264.8 million
which is astronomical for a movie of this type. The previous February record holder had been 50 Shades of Grey which I think had somewhere in the neighborhood of $93 million.
Of course it should come as no surprise that with the success of this movie we are already hearing rumors other comic book based films like Wolverine 3 might be going the "R" rated route. I could be up for that especially if it included a Deadpool/Wolverine team-up.
Sequel rumors have also started picking up steam with who might start as the time-traveling mutant Cable, who was teased as being in the next film. The studio knew the success it had on it's hands before Deadpool even opened last week when it announced the second movie had already been given the green light and work on a script was well on the way. Front runner names for the actor to play Cable include Stephen Lang, Kevin Nash, Ron Perlman and even Keira Knightley, yeah don't see that one happening.
Finally, thanks to concept art released by i09
we have confirmation that the aircraft carrier seen at the end of Deadpool was in fact meant to be the SHIELD Hellicarrier as seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadpool even makes a Sam Jackson reference at the end of the movie, but don't get your hopes up if you are expecting some kind of crossover between Fox's Marvel Mutant Universe and Dinsey's non-mutant one. These easter eggs I think were meant more as comedic jabs than anything else.
What do you think, should more comic book movies go the "R" rated route? Was Deadpool a fluke or are audiences wanting more adult oriented content in their comic book films, and is it fair to the young kids who can't watch them?