Last week, a photo was posted (and quickly removed) of a pamphlet revealing an R-rating for the upcoming Wolverine threequel next year. It was unclear if that rating was a recent decision to piggyback off the success of Deadpool (now the highest-grossing R-rated comic book film in history) or an idea going back to its inception, but now it seems the harder R-rating was the plan all along.
THR mentions their sources say that going R has been the plan since the get-go, starting with the edgy Comic-Con teaser image of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine essentially flipping a bird, er, a claw. The new Wolverine movie will begin shooting in about a month and director James Mangold and writer Michael Green are doing their R-rated treatment of the X-Men's trademark bad boy.
Now it is weird to think of Wolverine going full R in movies as he's been promoted on everything from backpacks to kid's shirts for the last 16 years. In the comics, obviously yes, there is an edge of brutality, but they've always played it safe when it came to adapting Wolverine's savagery for the most part. Even going back to X2 where they cut out part of him piercing a soldier in the shoulder, making it look like he's simply incapacitated him and not straight up let him bleed out.
The untitled Wolverine movie, which will be Hugh Jackman's last in the role, is aiming for theaters March 3rd, 2017.