Logan and Deadpool are both amazing, but that doesn’t mean an 18 age rating should be the standard for superhero movies.
I loved both Logan and Deadpool, which was largely due to their mature age rating.
I mean, Deadpool was far from mature, but the difference between a 12 and 18 age rating was essential for the film to work. If it was 12 age rated, no doubt Deadpool would have been full of cringe-worthy toilet humour, but the 18 rating allowed it to contain edgier jokes that surprised audiences.
Similarly, Logan’s age rating allowed it to embrace its “Sci-fi Western” premise, in addition to it being able to take an outsider’s perspective on typical comic book movies. For instance, when looking at the X-Men comics, Logan talks about how it presents a glorified version of the events and how in reality people died, which is almost as if he is referring to the previous films and their over-the-top violence.
Logan doesn’t contain glorified violence, though. When he fights, his metal claws behave exactly how you expect them to. Limbs are chopped off, people scream in pain, and deaths are quick. The violence is shocking and unpleasant to watch, rather than looking flashy or fun.
Logan is fresh and horrific; which is the main reason why it works so well. If every superhero movie was likeminded, we wouldn’t enjoy these rare maturer titles.
It’s also worth mentioning that watching over-the-top superhero films is, to put it simply, really fun. Watching a well choreographed fight between two characters with superpowers is very enjoyable, and would not be improved by a maturer rating. Imagine if Civil War‘s airport fight was 18 rated; Ironman would have been crushed to death when Scarlet Witch bombarded him with cars, anyone who was punched by either Spiderman or Captain America would have broken their necks, and Rhodes would have made a very big mess from falling from the sky.