Fans let out a collective sigh last week when we learned our beloved "Deadpool" would finally be getting his own solo movie on the big-screen. Hitting theatres in February 2016, the only details we've known at this point are that Tim Miller is directing and that Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", as well as the "leaked" test footage, is expected to return. Now it appears another important tidbit may have just been revealed.
Fans have all been thinking, more like hoping, that the film would be rated R due to the graphic nature of the character. He is known as the "Merc with the Mouth", after all. Complete with gore, an extremely profane mouth and breaking the fourth wall. Now it appears that the production is actually targeting a PG-13 release, which is going to greatly disappoint a lot of people.
According to our friends over at the Schmoes Know podcast, their own Mark Reilly was informed that the movie will most likely be PG-13. Apparently he heard it from Miller himself.
Reilly stated, "I heard from the director that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced, that they figured out, and you guys are all gonna hate this, they figured out how to make it PG-13. And therefore "not lose its soul", and that' a quote, of the script so that they can make it."
Fox would obviously want to make it PG-13 to give it more mainstream appeal, which equates to increased monetary gain. It is also expected that they will introduce Deadpool into the main "X-Men" properties, with Magneto, Professor X and the rest of the crew, which are PG-13.
We may understand why the studio wants to make it PG-13 but the real Deadpool character is not for kids anyway, so many of us would have preferred they just do it right and make it R. It's hard to imagine that they figured out a way to "not lost its soul" by taking away some of the very core elements that make Deadpool, Deadpool. The only natural way they may be able to do this would be to bleep his cussing and have him get angry about it to the audience.
I'm not saying it can't be done well this way. The test footage was apparently rated PG-13 and it did capture the meat and potatoes of the amazing character. But the production certainly has its work cut out for them to give us the Deadpool we want and deserve with this watered-down rating.
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