As the superhero genre continues to develop and evolve, there are new lanes opening up for it to expand into. The latest studio endeavor is offering more R-rated fare to adult viewers - a trend sparked by the successes of Fox's R-rated X-Men films, Logan and Deadpool.
Fans have been waiting to see how Marvel and DC will respond to the opportunity of developing more mature projects for their respective fanbases; Marvel has already sort of bridged that gap with its Netflix universe, but DC has been more conservative about crossing over the PG-13 line. However, a new report says that could soon change, as DC and Warner Bros. are supposedly planning to expand their line of R-rated animated features, including other than Watchmen.
Film Buff is making the claim that this R-rated DC movie expansion is happening, based on an online marketing survey a reader sent to the site. That survey had a description of Watchmen animated project, which is listed with an anticipated MPAA R rating.
A Watchmen TV series was supposedly in the works a few years ago, with director Zack Snyder involved. That never seemed to pan out, so this would be an interesting alternative. As for the larger plan that DC/WB is reportedly working on: What other DC properties would you like to see turned into animated features? There were a lot of great DC animated shorts a few years back (Spectre, Jonah Hex) that could all be great adult-themed animated features. Meanwhile, Justice League Dark has already set a nice bar for DC Animation doing things with a restrictive rating, so hopefully the upward trend continues.
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