Recently we saw some test footage for a potential Deadpool movie. The internet was pretty dang happy. Then, earlier this week it was officially announced that we’d get a Deadpool movie. The internet promptly exploded with glee. We’d gotten a taste of the Merc With A Mouth with Ryan Reynold‘s fantastic portrayal of him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine before they immediately messed up the character, also in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After the the test footage, we had hope that we’d get to see the character done justice in a movie, finally getting the right mix of violence and insanity down. Well, it looks like we’ll get a movie, just maybe not quite what everyone was expecting.
After all this time, it looks like the reason Fox finally gave the movie the greenlight was because the original script was repurposed by director Tim Miller to fit within a PG-13 rating. The news was broken on the Schmoes Know “Meet the Movie Press” podcast, with them saying this:
“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.”
While it’s not 100% official, lot of fans are dismayed by this because Deadpool is often pretty R-rated in the comics. His whole origin story involves him receiving a healing factor and basically a giant tumor, while also becoming increasingly psychotic due to the cancer. Combine that with his profession as a mercenary, and there’s often a lot of blood wherever Deadpool goes. Most of it from other people. Much like Wolverine, he has a very violent and bloody past, and a lot of fans seem to think that he won’t be done justice in a PG-13 movie.
Do I think they can make a good Deadpool movie with a PG-13 rating? Sure. Will it be the best movie they could make? Maybe not. Will it make more money that way? Almost certainly. And ultimately, that’s what the studio has to look for. If anything, fans should just be happy that they’re getting a Deadpool film at all. It’ll be interesting to see how his appeal translates to movie-going audiences that may only know him from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and even more to see how many comic fans complain about him being overplayed and not that good of a character. Truly, we live in a time of riches when geeks have the luxury of complaining about there being too many comic book movies.
So, is any Deadpool movie better than no Deadpool movie? Or should we just leave it be?
Source: Schmoes Know