If the recent release of Justice League proved anything, it's that the DC Extended Universe can't just coast along by releasing blandly generic, simplistic PG-13 superhero movies in an attempt to capture an Avengers-sized payday.
Though it's frequently said that the DCEU's problem is that it's too dark, it's more that it's dark in all the wrong ways. Up until Justice League, Superman was a gloomy mope, and there's absolutely no need for a character as optimistic and hopeful as him to need anything more than a PG-13 movie.
Elsewhere in the DCEU, though, there's certainly room to explore the more naturally dark and disturbing corners of DC Comics, to perhaps lower the budget a little and grant a few talented filmmakers a shot at crafting some truly adult superhero movies.
Aside from the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman and the recent success of Fox's Deadpool and Logan, R-rated superhero films are extremely hard to come by, because studios want to ensure the biggest box office gross from the broadest audience possible. Brutal violence, swearing and maybe even a little nudity all place a sizeable ceiling on who will come see a movie.
Still, there's a lot to be said for an ambitious vision and artistic integrity, as both Deadpool and Logan proved, soaring to huge profits despite their restrictive audience ratings. So clearly, with the right people behind and in front of the camera, it's possible that Warner Bros. could give adult audiences something a little more visceral to chew on.
These 10 projects would certainly be a good start, but given the mostly horrible business decisions the studio has made so far, you probably shouldn't get your hopes up for more than one or two of them actually happening (with an R rating, that is)...
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