I’m sure most of us have gone to see Deadpool over the past few days and thoroughly enjoyed his foulmouthed antics; we also enjoyed seeing the box office results where the film has made a whopping $260,174,858 worldwide in its opening weekend.
An R rated action comedy making that in its opening weekend? That’s crazy talk… or is it?
Could it be that audiences are finally tiring of everything being watered down for the kiddies and that adults finally get a superhero movie aimed squarely at them?
The interesting thing is about the success of Deadpool is that it comes from FOX; a studio who haven’t had much luck with new franchises recently *ahem Fantastic Four* so maybe they might take more risks. Now I’m not saying that every superhero movie should be rated R but it would be nice if other studios took note and realized that there are in fact audiences out there who want more adult oriented fare.
The Die Hard and Terminator series should ALWAYS be rated R because that’s what they started out as and they should never be watered down to try and gain mass appeal. Die Hard especially doesn’t need a massive budget and like Deadpool should have a mid range budget of about $50 million so it doesn’t need to make $500 million to be considered a hit. Also Bruce Willis needs to stop being a miserable bastard…
By the way, on a side note did you know that one of the Die Hard 6 scripts that is floating about out there had the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Hans Gruber’s father and Benedict Cumberbatch as Hans Jr.? Now why can’t we get THAT movie instead of the shitty Year One story?
But I digress, Deadpool’s success is likely due to the fantastic marketing behind the film and the fact that it’s a faithful adaptation of the character. Him breaking the Fourth Wall is something new and most importantly the film wasn’t afraid to take risks. Deadpool was basically saying “here I am, take it or leave it!” which was something we don’t see enough of these days.
Anyway, I’ve said all this before and it’s going to be interesting over the coming months to see if the tide truly changes and we get more R rated action.