8 R-Rated Comic Books That Should Be Made into Films
By Kevin Christian L.Santos
The filthy, violent and totally awesome movie about a super-powered assassin who pleasures himself to ponies Deadpool has been smashing box-office records. It’s currently one of the highest grossing R-rated movies of all time, earning over $600 million worldwide. It currently sits behind The Passion of the Christ’s $612 million and The Matrix Reloaded’s $742 million. That’s a lot of money for Ryan Reynolds and crew.
Though R-rated comic book movies are nothing new, the success of Deadpool just gave us more possibilities and paved the way for us to see more adult-themed comics on the big screen. Heck, the new Wolverine movie is rumored to have an R-rating. It’s about damn time too, since Wolverine pops damn claws out of his fists and shreds his opponents to pieces. How can that not warrant an R-rating?
Adult books turned into movies such as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass, and Watchmen prove that there is indeed a market for these types of films. This also brings great hope for publishers and studios to create compelling product to the fans of these darker stories and comics that push boundaries.
Here are just some of the adult-themed comics we’d like to see in theaters.
8. Punisher MAX
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Forget about the disappointingly crap-tastic 1989, 2004, and the 2008 Punisher movies (though the 2008 verion deserves a bit of credit for the violence, and for taking the campy route and not taking everything too seriously). The good news is that Frank Castle is now in the hands of Marvel Studios and will be starring in the second season of the totally awesome Daredevil Netflix series. John Bernthal is born to play old Skull-chest. Seriously, if the trailer doesn’t excite you, you’re a liar:
Though there is no news of a Punisher spin-off series, we can only hope for a new Punisher movie to forget the previous ones, one that’s incredibly dark and sees Frank Castle dealing with the world’s most despicable crime figures in the most violently satisfying way possible, a movie where the Punisher will stop at nothing to rid the world of its filth. And unlike previous film incarnations, let’s hope this one is actually awesome.
7. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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The 2003 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie pretty much took a massive shit on writer Alan Moore’s comic book masterpiece. It was so bad that Sean Connery, who played Alan Quatermain, hated the movie and decided to retire from acting.
For those unfamiliar, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a super-team composed of famous figures in literature. Think of them as the X-Men or the Justice League, except that they had very questionable morals while protecting the world as we know it. As writer Alan Moore put it, they were the “Justice League of Victorian England.”
The books were written by legendary writer Moore, who was also the man behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta and more. The books received critical acclaim. The books were layered with rich stories combined with many holy-shit-are-they-really-doing-this moments. It featured references to popular stories and figures in literature combined with artist Kevin O’Neill’s jaw-dropping steam-punk inspired art. That being said, this depth of stories if done right can be one of the greatest comic book movies ever made.
That, and we just want to see Mr. Hyde kick some ass:
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6. Y: The Last Man
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Y: The Last Man imagines a world where in a single moment, all living creatures with a Y chromosome all die at the same time. And in this nightmare, the only male survivors are Yorick Brown and his capuchin monkey, Ampersand. Women die from the simultaneous deaths of men and the world is wrought with chaos. Infrastructures collapse and the world is doomed to extinction.
As the last surviving man, Yorick, Ampersand and a group of women go on a quest in a dystopian world to find out what lead to this collapse and how to prevent human extinction. The book explores the fragility of human emotions, our conditions and of society in general. This is a masterpiece in sci-fi storytelling and would no doubt make a great movie.
5. Sex Criminals
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Sex Criminals chronicles the adventures of Jon and Suzie who discover that they can stop time when they orgasm. So what’s a horny couple time-freezing couple to do? They rob banks and get in all sorts of hijinks. The book is much, much more than that and is possibly one of the funniest comics you’ll ever get to read. Simply put, Sex Criminals is good. It was Time magazine’s number one graphic novel for 2013 was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2014.