One can only imagine what Deadpool would be saying to himself right now. It’s a fact that must be taking even the most fervent supporters of Deadpool aback, but the foul-mouthed merc has become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time with $745 million-worth of box office receipts.
Achieving this feat over the weekend (without the assistance of the Chinese box-office), Deadpool steals the throne from the Wachowski Brothers‘ The Matrix Reloaded; a throne it has occupied for a remarkable 13 years since 2003 with $742 million.
Critics are now predicting that this will usher in a new age of comic book superhero films aimed at adults. There have also been rumours that the next Wolverine movie, which shall also be Hugh Jackman‘s last appearance in the role, will follow the example set by Deadpool and descend into bloody, black humour.
Although Deadpool is a fantastic film and thoroughly deserves its achievement, is another genre of superhero movies aimed at adults really what we need in a film industry which already seems more limited than it was 10 years ago?