‘Deadpool’ Shooting for Hard R Rating

By April 1, 2015
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One of the most blatantly inappropriate characters in the whole of superhero comics is easily Marvel Comics’ Deadpool, the “Merc With a Mouth.” As long as fans have been clamoring to see a live-action feature film with Deadpool at the center of it, they’ve also been hoping that the rating that will come with that film will be an uncompromising ‘R’ from the Motion Picture Association of America. One of the people that knows this very well is Ryan Reynolds, who will be starring in 2016’s long-awaited Deadpool movie, and he took the opportunity to have a little fun at the fans’ expense.

In a couple of well-crafted tweets, Reynolds first toyed with fans on this April Fool’s Day by hinting that the film, like all of the other X-Men entries from 20th Century Fox, would be headed for a PG-13 while still keeping much of the character’s beloved tropes intact.

The reaction to that first tweet was priceless, since it ranged from sheer outrage at the mere possibility of a PG-13 Deadpool, to fans who are dialed in to both the character and Reynolds’ own sense of humor. Reynolds let fans sit and stew in his first tweet for about four hours, before following it up with a triumphant tweet of good news for anyone that wants all of the irreverence and raunch that the character is capable of fully intact.

Reynolds also helped hammer the joke home with the release of this video, which looks like a segment from “Extra” with Mario Lopez.

Naturally, hilarity ensues, since the image that Reynolds has conjured up there will no doubt make many character fans laugh in delight. Deadpool started shooting last week, and will star Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, and Gina Carano. It’ll be released in theaters on February 12th, 2016. For more on Deadpool as it develops, be sure to keep a tab open to GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.