JOKER's Box Office Success Could Lead To The VENOM Sequel Being R-Rated According To Producer
With Joker surpassing the $1 billion dollar box office mark there's going to be a lot more R-Rated superhero films made and one of the first might be Sony's Venom sequel according to Matt Tolmach.
"I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. 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. 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. … 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."
Andy Serkis replaces Ruben Fleischer as director for Venom 2, with Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady expected to have an expanded role as the primary antagonist. The film is began shooting in November 2019 for an October 2, 2020 release date.
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