A PG-13 Rating For ‘Deadpool’?
Fox’s “Deadpool” is probably one of the most anticipated comic book films in a long time and that’s saying a lot.
After his… unfortunate introduction to audiences in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” the trailers have really had to work overtime to get us on board with the idea of a Deadpool movie. For years it seemed like a pipe-dream much less as a R-rated film. However, maybe the marketing campaign worked a little too well as there is now a petition to have a PG-13 cut of the film released along with the R-rated version.
The new “Deadpool” film looks to be shaping up as one of the more accurate comic-to-screen adaptations in a long time. While it may seem like a reasonable request at first glance, most fans have come down hard on this idea. For those who don’t know, Deadpool is a man (Wade Wilson) dying from cancer. In desperation he agrees to take part in an experiment to give him the healing factor of Wolverine. It works but also messes with the cancer cells to deform his skin and snap his mind (to the point he feels the mask is his real face). He then gets to work as an assassin for hire and… that’s about it. He’s been doing that and crossing over with other Marvel comics titles ever since. The comics can get very gory (though they aren’t always) but most would agree his character, action, and humor are more R-rated type material than PG-13.
What got this whole PG-13 petition started was apparently a letter by an 8-year old boy written to his parents pleading with them to let him see the film. It seems to have warmed some people’s hearts. The petition can be found here. The gist is that this kid really wants to be able to see the movie. As a result, some feel that the child and others like him should be able to watch the film. Many think this idea is crazy. Even Actor Ryan Reynolds has dismissed the idea in interviews. However, the main reason most fans are against this is that a R-rated comic book film is something they have been requesting for a long time. For years they had to put up with the fact that no matter the character or property getting adapted, it’s a comic book therefore it’ll have to be edited and changed to fit into PG-13 (“Spawn” anyone?) as a result robbing us of better versions we could have gotten (“Ghost Rider”) or story arcs that studios like Disney or Warner Bros would never allow (Iron-Man: Demon in a Bottle). This could be a big game changer and all it requires is for people to vote with their wallets.
The film itself is set to be released February 12th 2016 with a R-rating.