If anyone tells you that comic books are just for kids then you can be sure that that person doesn’t actually read comic books. Even in the typically-child friendly world of superheroes there are plenty of books filled with sex, violence, profanity and other material meant to appeal to adults and adults alone. Writers and artists even occasionally take what are typically considered family-friendly characters, and make them better by giving them more edge and loosening restrictions on how they think, what they do, and how they speak.

Unfortunately, Hollywood has never been too supportive of the R-rated superheroes. While studios have tried to make it happen, producing films like Watchmen, Kick-Ass and Punisher: War Zone, for the most part if a comic book hero can’t fit into a PG-13 rating they are either ignored or changed to the detriment of the character.

But what if studios were to change their mind about these heroes? Where would be the best place for them to start looking for great characters and stories? With Kick-Ass 2 due out in theaters this weekend, I’ve dived into the world of comics to find the characters who not only would be served well by an R-rated live-action movie, but have actually come at least somewhat close to getting one. Check it out!

What’s the best way to describe Wolverine? He’s a mutant with six knives built into his hands, extreme rage issues, and the ability to take a seemingly endless number of bloody beatings and survive. Basically, he was born to exist in an R-rated movie. The best parts of James Mangold’s The Wolverine were the action scenes simply because they actually translated the intensity and animalistic brutality of the superhero, but the truth is that it can be taken further. At the end of the day the truth is that I would actually like to see 20th Century Fox move on from Wolverine and find a different member of the X-Men be the center of attention for a while, but if they insist on keeping Logan in the spotlight they should at least get a little experimental and show what really happens when adamantium punctures through human skin.

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