Superhero Movies Labeled as 17+


"Deadpool" is the highest grossing R-rated superhero movie. However, it is not the only superhero movie that are labeled as 17+.

The Crow (1994) - $50.6 million (only in North America): This movie is well known due to the accident related to firearms props that made Brandon Lee, the only son of Bruce Lee, die on the set. The Crow is deep in the gothic atmosphere with melancholic music and gloomy content. For years, Hollywood has hatched plans to remake the movie, but the directors, actors kept coming and leaving and until now, no one knows when we can watch a new version of it.

Spawn (1997) - $87.8 million: Covert government assassin Al Simmons is killed after being double-crossed by his boss, Jason Wynn. Upon arriving in Hell, Simmons is offered an opportunity to return to Earth if he's willing to lead an evil army. He accepts, and is reincarnated as a "Hellspawn", a twisted, horribly disfigured version of his former self. However, Spawn serves as a force of good, much to the dismay of the Devil's henchman, a wicked clown. The movie has a very high turnover, but it was considered as a disaster of superhero movie lines by the critics.

Blade (1998) - $131.1 million: Not any movie revolving around vampires is as sweet as Twilight Saga and Blade is an obvious example. A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother's death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race. Despite releasing in 1998, the image of a long leather jacket, bulletproof armor chest, dark glasses and a shiny sword is still modern until now. The success of the movie even made the filmmakers continue to produce two more sequels.

The Punisher (2004) - $54.7 million: Punisher is totally opposed to Batman. The movie  follows FBI agent Frank Castle as he transforms into the vengeful Punisher after criminals murder his family, including his wife and son. Castle is gravely injured in the attack and believed to be dead by Howard Saint, the crime lord who ordered the hit. Following his recovery, Castle becomes a heavily armed vigilante who will stop at nothing to exact revenge on Saint and dismantle his underworld empire. 4 years later, Ray Stevenson replaced Thomas Jane to play as Punisher in War Zone but the movie failed badly at the box office.  Now we prepare to reunite with the character in Daredevil - Season 2 starring Jon Bernthal.

V for Vendetta (2005) - $132.5 million: Based on the comic book of Alan Moore, despite its heavy political and violent content, the movie is stil really influential, and if you find the mask familiar, yes, the famous hacker group Anonymous decided to choose the stylised "Guy Fawkes" masks, with moustache and pointed beard of V as their icon. Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England's oppressors.

Watchmen (2009) - $185.2 million: This superhero movie is extremely controversial due to its content of heavy politics, violence, sex and profanity, etc. Based on the 1986–87 DC Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen is the only comic book to be classified in the list of 100 Best English Literature since 1923 by the Time magazine. The complexity of the plot and story sense gave Hollywood headaches to bring it to the big screen and eventually director Zack Snyder helped Warner Bros. do that.

Kick-Ass (2010) - $96.1 million: Using his love for comics as inspiration, teenager Dave Lizewski decides to reinvent himself as a superhero, despite a complete lack of special powers. Dave dons a costume, dubs himself "Kick-Ass," and gets to work fighting crime. He joins forces with the father/daughter vigilante team of Big Daddy and Hit Girl, then befriends another fledgling crime-fighter called Red Mist, but a scheming mobster soon puts their alliance to the test.

Dredd (2012) - $35.6 million: Mega City One is a vast, violent metropolis where felons rule the streets. The only law lies with cops called "judges," who act as judge, jury and executioner, and Dredd is one of the city's most feared. One day, Dredd is partnered with Cassandra, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities. A report of a terrible crime sends Dredd and Cassandra to a dangerous area controlled by Ma-Ma, a drug lord who will stop at nothing to protect her empire. Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, the movie starring Karl Urban failed badly in the box office. It earned just over $41 million at the box office on an estimated budget of $45 million. Therefore, the project of Dredd 2 is still a sleeping beauty.

Deadpool (2016) - $497.5 million: Before Deadpool's being released, even the most imaginative people could hardly think that R-rated movie can reach half a billion dollar revenue within less than two weeks. The creative marketing campaigns of Fox has proven to be so successful that they immediately planed to increase violence in Wolverine 3 for it to be rated R like Deadpool.