More and more news about Hugh Jackman's next adventure as Wolverine is slowly becoming more and more widespread, and the latest is really rather interesting. In a recent interview with MTV, Jackman revealed that there is a good chance that 'The Wolverine' will have a "hard R-rating" when it hits theaters.
"There’s such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I’ve always felt that. I know a lot of fans would like that. I totally get it. If there was ever a superhero that was going to be R-rated, it’s Wolverine. So my thing is, which [director] James Mangold and I talked about, is let’s not put it off the table. There’s even a talk of us doing two versions, as in finding a way for us to do both as you shoot it, which could be really cool."
What this would likely mean is that Mangold and Jackman's R-rated 'The Wolverine' would likely up the ante on the violence and the sexual content to make a darker, more thought provoking Wolverine film; but is this what needs to happen to make a "good" 'Wolverine' movie? If you've read any of Wolverine's ongoing series like the Claremont and Miller's Wolverine mini series, or even the recent Wolverine ongoing by Jason Aaron, you'll likely noticed the dark characterizations of Logan and his supporting cast.
Ultimately, Wolverine is a very dark, tortured character who has endured a colossal amount of death in his lifetime, and this isn't something that has been captured yet on the big screen. However, as dark and tortured as he is, Wolverine is still a comic book character. Each year toy stores across the country sell thousands of Wolverine action figures to young kids because he is a very popular, main stream comic book superhero, so by making a hard R-rated 'Wolverine' movie the filmmaker might run the risk of disregarding one of 'Wolverine's' core audience.== TEASER ==
A few years back Warner Brother's 'Watchmen' was released with a hard R- rating and many parents forgot to make sure that the movie was for kids before they brought them to the theater. Little did they know, that these superheroes were not for kids. The same thing (albeit more recently) happened with 'Kick-Ass.' Yes, 'Kick-Ass' was a movie featuring a group of kids who run around in spandex costumes trying to fight crime, but it's not a movie for young children. However, neither of these two films featured already main stream characters in their movies.
Characters like Dr. Manhattan or Hit-Girl were not already household names, which is why both these films could get away with a hard R- rating. Yet a character like Wolverine is a household name and has been featured in films that have been targeted at a younger audience, so would making 'The Wolverine' an R-rated movie now be a good idea, or is this just going to prevent the film from reaching the greatest number of people?
What do you think of the idea of an R-rated 'Wolverine' movie?