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THE WOLVERINE 3 (2017): R-Rating Possible Following DEADPOOL’s Box Office Success

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Wolverine 3 could be Rated R. Deadpool made ripples last weekend when it shattered estimates by bringing in $132 Million at the U.S. box office. That revenue has confounded movie executives regarding how well they thought a R-rated movie could perform at the box office versus a safer, more family-friendly version via a PG-13 rating.

Now they know that they were wrong, or at least wrong about the type of superhero movie that Deadpool is: a comedy and a superhero film.

Many new superhero films are in development that will be gracing the silver screen in the next ten years. Because of Deadpool‘s success with an R-rating (remember how Hollywood went Ape sh*t for 3D when they saw how much revenue Avatar made during its first weekend), it was only a matter of time before one or more superhero projects began to reconsider their default PG-13 rating and venture into the riskier R-rated territory.

Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine (he may cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse) in Wolverine 3 may feature Logan actually drawing blood with his adamantium claws. It seems the people behind Wolverine 3 are considering an R-rating and I can’t imagine that Hugh Jackman thinks that move is a bad idea. On the contrary, I bet he is all for it. His last hurrah as Wolverine would be the visceral action movie that Wolverine’s fans have always wanted to see but have never seen.

Fans only got to see a flash of that during type of Wolverine movie in Bryan Singer’s X-Men (with Wolverine screaming after the claws have burst through his skin in a dream sequence) and that was brief to keep the R-rating intact.

As of now, Wolverine 3 being R-rated is all speculation, begun by a 20th Century Fox handout pamphlet at a Toy Fair adorned with “Anticipated Rating: R.”

The Wolverine 3 Top Fair Pamphlet Anticipated R Rating

The Wolverine 3 Toy Fair pamphlet

Ads cost money and are copy-edited before they are printed. Would a mistake of this magnitude really go to print if it were entirely fallacious? It’s doubtful. My guess – 20th Century Fox floated this to generate buzz (mission accomplished) and to gauge the response to it across the Internet (probably via Google Alerts or another like service).

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