R-Rated Heroes: Dead Pool is just the new kid.


He’s irreverent, sassy, crass and the first R-Rated hero to hit the silver screens!
Except… that’s not quite true.  Actually, that’s not remotely true.
So, in case you forgot or just didn’t realize; here’s a list of 5 other movies that you should watch, if you enjoyed Dead Pool.



Before Dead Pool, before the reboot, before the superhero film genre trend itself—was Robocop.
In 1987 Paul Verhoeven brought us a cyber punk action film with its titular hero; a cyborg police officer.
The film, not shying from R-rated violence, sex, drug use and language, addressed themes such as media influence, gentrification, corruption, authoritarianism, greed, privatization, capitalism, identity, dystopia, and human nature. Cited as one of the best films of 1987, Robocop spawned a franchise that included merchandise, two sequels, a television series, a remake, two animated TV series, a television mini-series, video games, and a number of comic book adaptations/crossovers.

I’d buy that for a dollar.



Dark and edgy is so cool.  We’ve all heard the stories of Warner Brothers wanting to make Superman dark and edgy. When you see trailers for the recent Disney reboots, such as Maleficent or even Pete’s Dragon–  they’ve got an edge to them.
But, before it was really even a thing in Hollywood, The Crow pioneered “dark and edgy” heroism. Despite the several production setbacks due to the film’s lead, Brandon Lee’s death, The Crow was well-received critically for its unique visual style, premise, emotional depth and its tribute to the deceased actor. The film opened at the top of the box office and attained a strong cult following.



Not only did BLADE do R-Rated heroism WELL before Dead Pool, but some argue that Blade is responsible for the entire modern superhero/comic film genre.
Blade made Batman look like a kids movie and vampire movies look like bad dollar bin romance novels.

Wesley Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid who protects humans from vampires.

Released on September 18, 1998, Blade became a commercial success by grossing $70 million at the U.S. box office, and $131.2 million worldwide. Despite mixed reviews from film critics, the film received a positive reception from audiences and has since garnered a cult following. It was followed by two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, which, lookadat, Ryan Reynolds stars in.



A satirical take on the superhero genre, the film is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, as a group of mostly retired American superheroes investigates the murder of one of their own before uncovering an elaborate and deadly conspiracy, while their moral limitations are challenged by the complex nature of the circumstances.

When the comic series’ final issue was released around October 1987, a live-action film adaptation became stranded in development hell.  Eventually the film landed with Zach Snyder, who had just made waves with another R-rated comic book movie, 300.
Watchmen is the epitome of hard and gritty R-rated superhero films, with Jackie Earle Haley’s Rorschach being a standout performance.



It wasn’t really that long ago that Kick-Ass came out and shocked a humorously brutal and irreverent R-rated take on the superhero genre.
It tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself “Kick-Ass”. Dave gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), a former cop who, in his quest to bring down the crime boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) and his son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), has trained his eleven-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl.

Despite having generated some controversy for its profanity and violence performed by a child, Kick-Ass was well received by both critics and audiences. The film has gained a strong cult following since its release on DVD and Blu-ray.
There was a sequel…  eh–  watch it if you want.

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