Ever since the very first “X-Men” film was released back in 2000 there has been a growing amount of people that have been clamoring for a “Deadpool” movie. Finally on “Variety” the news broke that Fox Studios have finally set a “Deadpool” movie to be released on February 12th, 2016. An utter cry of relief came over me as I went, “finally!” Yet still there are a few things to address and wonder with this new announcement.
The very first thing we have to ask ourselves is who is going to play Wade Wilson/Deadpool? Many are under assumption that Ryan Reynolds will come back to star as “The Merc with the Mouth”. Although this has yet to be confirmed that is the logic course of action from Fox Studios. Although Deadpool made an appearance in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” , it was not well received, none of which is Reynolds’s fault. For about half the film (before the writers took major liberties with the character) Reynolds played him perfectly. No matter how bad “Origins” got, Reynolds was a shinning gold spot in a film with so many things wrong with it. Last comic con, we got a taste of what a “Deadpool” film could be.
During the week of Comic Con there was leaked test footage of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in a motion capture performance. It spread across the internet like wildfire and fanboys lost their ever loving minds. In this two minute long test clip, Fox encapsulated everything the character should be. Deadpool broke the fourth wall, was hilarious, and provided an exciting action sequence. Supposedly this is the tone a Deadpool movie would be set at, which is a perfect temperature for this type of film.
Now the real burning question on everyone’s mind is what will the new Deadpool film be rated? Will Fox studios roll the dice and produce an R rated Deadpool movie or will they play it safe and release a PG-13 film? Many fans will all agree that to do the character of Deadpool justice, it has to be Rated R. Deadpool is known for his excessive violence and loud potty mouth. I would have to say that a rated R Deadpool movie would be ideal. That would also make sense with the February release date. A modestly budgeted R rated unique looking superhero movie could thrive in a month that is generally hit and miss to begin with. Deadpool’s target audience isn’t a younger audience anyways, yet there is something to be said about a PG-13 Deadpool film.
If the test footage went the MPAA for a rating, it would be PG-13. The test footage everyone loves is a PG-13 clip. There is no blood, one f-bomb and a couple uses of the word shit, that’s easily PG-13. This is the clip we all loved, so perhaps a PG-13 Deadpool can work. Take the rating to the very edge and only hold back a little. Since Deadpool is self aware and is able to break the fourth wall, the filmmakers could bleep the f-bombs out and have Deadpool make a joke out of it. It’s an idea that has been floating around the internet that I believe could maybe work. That all being said we’d all rather have a rated R Deadpool movie, but more than likely Fox will go the safe route to achieve the highest profit for their film.
The superhero movie that a lot of us have been waiting for has finally been confirmed , so what does everyone else think about it? Can a PG-13 Deadpool work? Is Ryan Reynolds the right guy? Please leave your comments and thoughts in the comment section below. Hopefully this turns out as good as it potentially could be.