Thanks to the massive success of the Joker earning a billion dollars and becoming the first R-rated film to do so that could echo within the comic book genre with future releases including Sony Pictures’ sequel to Venom.
Cinemablend was able to speak with Spider-Man franchise and Venom producer Matt Tolmach about the Venom sequel and he reveals because of Joker they will be seriously considering an R-rating for Venom 2.
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.”
Originally, the studio had been mulling over the idea of making Venom R-rated but ultimately went with the PG-13 rating instead.
However, producer Matt Tolmach is also saying their version worked, so I don’t think it’s automatic that Venom 2 will actually be R-rated based on these quotes alone.
But Venom and most certainly Carnage are characters that would benefit from an R-rating.
An R-rating might prevent the inclusion of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man from a crossover as I don’t really see either Marvel or Sony Japan approving that one.
Returning to the role of Eddie Brock aka Venom is Tom Hardy along with Michelle Wiliams back as Anne Weying aka She-Venom and Woody Harrelson as main villain Celtus Kasady aka Carnage.
Newcomers so far include British actress Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Miami Vice, No Time To Die, Moonlight) as fellow villain Shriek and most recently it was reported that British actor Stephen Graham (Band of Brothers, Taboo, Fonzo, Boardwalk Empire, Snatch, The Irishman) best known for playing real-life gangsters would be taking a role as well (could he be playing Hammerhead?).
We also have to assume that director Andy Serkis (Black Panther, The Batman, Lord of The Rings trilogy, Planet of The Apes trilogy) will somehow find a role for himself as well, given his acting abilities it wouldn’t be terribly out of place.
HN Entertainment first reported that filming would be taking place at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England, later confirmed by Tom Hardy himself.
Venom 2 has a release date of October 2nd, 2020.
Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.