After giving fans a solid release date for the rumoured Deadpool movie, it looks as though it’s not going to be as violent as some fans might like…
He’s a hardcore hero with almost no boundaries and a penchant for breaking the fourth wall… but it looks as though the usually grimly violent Deadpool might have to tone things back a bit for his first solo movie. At least, enough for the movie to fit into a PG-13 rating.
According to the folks at Schmoes Knows, it’s no co-incidence that Fox has chosen now to secure a release date for the much-rumoured Deadpool movie… as apparently, they’ve only just worked out how to widen its audience.
“I heard from the director that they finally figured out the script,” they explain. “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.”
Of course, Deadpool is renowned for being one of Marvel’s more ballsy heroes… and while many fans were convinced that an R-rated (18) movie was the only way forward, will it really make much of a difference?
If you ask me, it’s more about the tone of the movie than whether or not Deadpool gets to swear and curse to his heart’s content. Let’s face it – PG-13 is equivalent to a 12A here in the UK. And that’s essentially the same rating as most Marvel tent poles.
Even looking back at Fox’s most recent superhero movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past was also rated 12A… and that contained some fairly violent scenes while the sentinels attempted to hunt down the last of the mutants.
I can’t help thinking that while Deadpool is known for its more adult themes, it doesn’t necessarily need to be an 18-rated movie. As long as it retains the distinctive visual style of the comic books, I think Fox will still be onto a winner.
Do you think Deadpool needs to be R-rated? Will the PG-13 rating be enough to stay true to the comic books? Let us know what you think in the comments below…