Deadpool’s movie rating has been one of the key factors behind why the merc with a mouth is getting such an anticipated second attempt for its February 12 release date. When Fox revealed, with the help of star Ryan Reynolds, that the film would hit with an R rating, the fans rejoiced that Deadpool would finally have a chance to become the antihero on screen that we’ve come to know.
After his watered down and almost unrecognizable character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it seems 20th Century Fox needed to do something to redeem itself in the eyes of the fans. Not only did they fail to give us an origin story we wanted to see, but it changed too much about the character we knew.
Cinema Blend revealed that one of the contributing facts leading to Ryan Reynolds’ involvement was a movie he’d done previously. The film in question had next to nothing to do with Deadpool, actually. The previous movie’s rating was similar, though, it was Reynolds’ performance which led to him being asked to play the merc with a mouth.
Fans may have noticed in Blade Trinity that Hannibal King had one outstanding attribute beyond literally only one scene where he actually wasn’t getting beaten up. His raunchy humor was what gained 20th Century Fox’s attention, and they knew they’d found their Deadpool. Thankfully, the February 2016 release will allegedly be more true to the character than the horribly botched X-Men film he’d debuted in.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the upcoming Deadpool movie is reported to stay true to the comics, as Wade Wilson is given the promise of a cure for cancer and ends up being a subject of Ajax’s (Ed Skrein) sadistic games. This could also be part of the Deadpool movie’s rating, making it a different experience from the previously gritty and message-heavy X-Men franchise.
Part of what may have made the new Deadpool movie possible was X-Men: Days of Future Past and its storyline, which basically rebooted the franchise. In that way, X-Men Origins: Wolverine never happened (though the Blu-ray still exists) and is no longer canon, theoretically.
It also allowed for Deadpool to have a much more satisfying origin story, which seems to star a lot fewer of the X-Men than before. Instead, we have the appearance of the lesser-known Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano), alongside series fan favorite Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Deadpool familiars Copycat (Morena Baccarin) and Ajax. Alongside the Deadpool movie’s rating, other changes will include the first glimpse of Wade as a horribly disfigured, cancer-ridden experiment, as well as classic Deadpool characters like Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) and Weasel (T.J. Miller).
One thing that won’t be changing is Deadpool’s connection with the X-Men universe, as explained by Ryan Reynolds on Comic Book.
“This film certainly works within the context of the X-Men universe. But it doesn’t necessarily include the sensibilities of an X-Men movie. It’s like taking an X-Men character, pumping him full of LSD and then releasing him back into that fold.”
Twentieth Century Fox is indeed gambling on the Deadpool movie rating to generate a film that won’t alienate the character’s fan base. We will definitely see more of the wisecracking fourth-wall-breaking man in red and black, this time actually killing people like he’s known for.
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) January 5, 2016
Not much else is known about the upcoming Deadpool movie, but the rating is something the fans have been waiting for, and it might actually bring them back. Ryan Reynolds’ nearly trademarked twisted sense of humor can now shine in a genre other than comedy, and unlike Blade Trinity, it’ll fit right in.
Are you ready for the Deadpool movie release date of February 12, 2016?
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