The Venom producer Matt Tolmach seems to believe that there are a lot of opportunities for R-rated superhero films after the success of Logan, Deadpool, and Joker. This movie, which is an origin story for Batman’s archfoe played by Joaquin Phoenix, had proven to be one of the most profitable comic book film with $1.05 billion global haul. This is something that could actually make Sony Pictures consider a pretty heavier rating for the Andy Serkis-directed sequel of The Venom. The very first entry in the “Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters,” Sony’s movie had earned more than $856 million and had become the 11th highest-grossing film of 2018.
“I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well,” Tolmach had said.
“Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating.”
“I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed,” Tolmach had then added talking about an R-rated comic book movie that it had been believed that R ratings limited a film’s audience and the grossing potential.
“For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden,” he had said.
“So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.”
The producer, Avi Arad who had produced The Amazing Spider-Man and the sequel with Tolmach had said that an R-rating for Venom was “not a consideration.” Arad had then said that the Venom franchise could be true to the anti-hero nature of this character without violence or language.