Todd Phillips' Joker is now the highest grossing R-rated movie in history and the most profitable comic book-inspired movie of all time. Joker grossed $1.05 billion globally, following after the blockbuster hits like Logan and Deadpool which made R-rated comic book projects more profitable. Something Sony Pictures could consider for its Andy Serkis' Venom 2. In a recent interview, Venom producer Matt Tolmach believes that there are “more opportunities” for R-rated storytelling in superhero movies.
“I mean, I think you always have to think about it, now that it works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they did it!’. We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating.”
Tolmach said that it was once believed that R ratings limits movie audience and grossing potential.
“I think what Joker does is tell you that you can succeed. For a long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.”
Venom 2 will be released in theaters on October 2, 2020.