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Warner Bros. to Avoid R-Rated Superhero Films After 'Watchmen'

March 21, 2009 06:30:39 GMT

As 'Watchmen' is struggling to reach profitable box-office takes, Warner Bros. are reported to give up on R-rated superhero movies.


Warner Bros. to Avoid R-Rated Superhero Films After 'Watchmen'
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Warner Bros. could end up putting an end to R-rated superhero fare. In its latest article, IESB hinted on the possibility that the studio may follow Marvel in excluding the R-rated films from their future plate after their latest R-rated movie, "Watchmen", opened to less-than-expected box office numbers and continued to experience rapid decline in sales the following weeks.

Warners now are said to stick with films that carry a more family-friendly but still with an edge of PG-13 rating. Pointing out on the reason for the proposed idea, IESB pinned down the financial success of recent PG-13-rated movies, like "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man", each of whom has collected a worldwide bow of $1 billion and $582 million respectively. Despite the circulating report, Warner Bros. have yet to make any comment.

In their future plate for the superhero movie, Warner Bros. have among others "Green Lantern" and "Wonder Woman". "Green Lantern", which will be directed by Martin Campbell has been set for U.S. release on December 17, 2010, while the Joel Silver and Leonard Goldberg-produced "Wonder Woman" eyes a 2011 release.

On "Watchmen" itself, the Zack Snyder-directed action fantasy debuted first at the North American as well as the overseas box office over its first weekend. However, it fails to live up to the analysts' expectation to get near the opening bow of "300". Among the superhero genre movies, it is listed #29, well behind "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer". So far, it has pulled in a worldwide total of $140.7 million.

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posted by Angry man >:(((((( on Aug 18, 2009
Watchmen didn't flop because of the R-rating. It was because it wasn't advertised enough, unlike 300. F### you Warner Brothers for giving up R-rated films and sticking only to PG-13. That rating means a crap movie most the time dammit. Don't stick to fucking family friendly ratings.
posted by ArgonautMan on Apr 25, 2009
Doesn't the phrase "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" mean anything to WB?!?! That doesn't mean WB should abandon R-rated superhero films completely or at all. They just want to make more money at the expense of artistic appeal and merit which "Watchmen" does as well as The Dark Knight. All I'm saying is that they shouldn't give up so easily.
posted by MaverickMusic on Mar 23, 2009
Yes, Warner Bros., clearly Watchmen failed because of the R-rating. Who does the analysis for these guys?
posted by caro on Mar 22, 2009
"watchmen" was too long and a bad cast(Patrick Wilson too weak,Marlin is too "cameron diaz of the poor man")not enough charismatic! and it's very adult oriented!
posted by SlashBeast on Mar 22, 2009
Watchmen's performance has been a disappointment. Sure there was a great novel about it, but that would have only appealed to a particular group of people. There is a much larger audience of people who have not read the book, did not see any subsequent comic books, and had no inkling of what the movie is all about. This gaping hole was not filled in by the movie's advertisements, and so there are a lot of people who just did not care to see this movie. If anything Watchmen is a failure in marketing. The film was destined to be a cult film from the get-go. Audiences aren't familiar with the characters and it's not a serialized story. By focusing on the story instead of the visuals, Warner Bros. could have served the film better by slowly building up word of mouth rather than trying to make it an event film on par with Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Watchmen does not have the appeal that Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, and so forth have. That's why it failed. It looks weird, and the trailers don't tell you what the movie is about. It just shows flashy stuff and then says "WATCHMEN" with cool music.

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