Ant-Man Director Jokingly Announces The Wasp Will Be NC-17
Breaking: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is going FULL NC-17. Confirmed.
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) February 24, 2016
@MrPeytonReed I hear The Inhumans is gonna be a snuff film.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 25, 2016
In the wake of the unprecedented success of the R-rated Deadpool, as well as the announcement of an R-rated edition of Batman v Superman, superhero movie directors have begun to jokingly suggest they’ll follow suit in their future projects. Ant-Man and The Wasp director Peyton Reed tweeted today that The Wasp would be NC-17, to which fellow director James Gunn tweeted a joke in response about The Inhumans potentially getting the same treatment.
Again, these are obviously jokes, especially given James Gunn’s stated stance on the new trend:
So, over the next few months, if you pay attention to the trades, you’ll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool. They’ll be green lighting films “like Deadpool” – but, by that, they won’t mean “good and original” but “a raunchy superhero film” or “it breaks the fourth wall.” They’ll treat you like you’re stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn’t do.
It seems hard to imagine The Wasp creative team getting pressured into using a “raunchy” tone, mostly because Hollywood seems to be handling woman-fronted superhero movies so gingerly that I doubt we’ll see that movie take any big risks. I’m already worried that it’ll end up being a gender-swapped-but-somehow-more-boring version of Ant-Man … which could very well end up being the movie’s failing, although “raunchiness” is not a risk I want to see The Wasp trying out.
There’s a difference between trying something just for the sake of quick shock value, versus trying something unusual that still fits within the scope of the world. Ironically, Deadpool had a lot of trouble with teetering back at forth between those two states — but at least it was trying something new, as Gunn points out.
I gotta say, though, I can’t think of any superhero movies that I’d like to see get raunchier, so I hope Gunn’s wrong about what Hollywood will take away from Deadpool‘s success. Maybe I’m just not thinking creatively enough, though. Readers, I defer to you on this!
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