A trailer has been released for the upcoming “X-Men” film “Logan,” which will center on the superhero Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and will reportedly be rated R following the success of this year’s R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.”
The plot of “Logan” follows the common superhero theme of a reluctant hero conscripted to save a damsel in distress that plays out in many comic books. But the film breaks from the tradition of catering to younger audiences by reportedly aiming for an R rating.
"Logan" stars Mr. Jackman as Wolverine, who has to be coaxed by his mentor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) into helping a young girl.
“Someone will come along,” Wolverine tells Professor Xavier.
“Someone has come along,” Professor Xavier replies.
In addition to starring in various “X-Men” films, including the 2014 box office hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Jackman has portrayed the character in stand-alone films, including the 2013 movie “The Wolverine.”
Producer Simon Kinberg told Collider earlier this year that “Logan” “is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a Western in its tone.”
An R-rated superhero movie was somewhat unusual before this year. The 2009 Warner Bros. movie “Watchmen” was R-rated, as were films that were adapted from comic series like “300.” But a movie released by Marvel Studios, for example, has never been rated R, and none of the “X-Men” films from 20th Century Fox or Warner Bros. movies based on popular figures like Batman or Superman were R-rated.
This year’s hit “Deadpool,” however, was. The movie was based on an “X-Men” character and was released by 20th Century Fox. The film became a smash hit and is currently the domestically fifth-highest-grossing movie of the year.
Some industry watchers predicted that the success of “Deadpool” would make an R rating more of a possibility for superhero movies in the future. Mr. Kinberg conducted his interview in which he said “Logan” would have an R rating three months after the release of “Deadpool.”
Following “Deadpool” becoming a hit, Business Insider writer Kirsten Acuna wrote that “it paves the way for other R-rated superhero movies.”
Thom Geier of TheWrap, however, wrote, “There simply aren’t many name-brand superhero movies who lend themselves to an R-rated adaptation. Sure, the DC Movie Universe is thematically darker than the Marvel Cinematic Universe but don’t expect Warner Bros. to start making R-rated Batman movies. Superheroes are meant to inspire, and children and teenagers are every bit as important as adults when it comes to the audience for these films.”