What Makes Deadpool A ‘Hard-R’ Rated Comic Book Movie
Comic-Con is set to kick off next week, and in anticipation for the huge event we’re getting snippets from some of the most exciting projects lined up for the future. Just earlier we got some awesome details about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now what we’re hearing about Deadpool will most definitely be similarly pleasing to fans.
Fingers crossed, but more and more this is sounding like the Deadpool movie that fans have been wanting for years.
Ever since the 2011 ‘test footage’ of the Deadpool movie leaked, fans have been dying to see this movie come to life and get the green light. The test footage, which you can see up above, is pretty spot on for the Merc with the Mouth.
But what does Ryan Reynolds, who will be playing Deadpool in all his insanity, say about that test footage that leaked onto the internet? Well in a random and weird turn of events, he wants to kiss the person who leaked the video.
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“And not just a little kiss,” Reynolds says, “but full on the mouth, sloppy, with tongue, for two straight minutes on live television, without commercial interruption. And then I’ll buy you dinner at Red Lobster, at least, and dessert.”
The reason for Reynolds’ enthusiasm on that front is because the actor has wanted to play Marvel’s Merc with the Mouth for more than a decade. He didn’t quite live the dream in that abomination of a role for the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. To make matters worse that movie was two years before Reynolds found more terrible luck in the comic book movie world with Green Lantern.
However third time’s a charm as they say, and Reynolds may have struck the gold mine with Deadpool, which will mimic the comic’s graphic violence, obscenities as well as its penchant for breaking the fourth wall and not hold back on any of it. All of it gloriously to break that PG-13 rating we usually get for these superhero movies.
“Deadpool is a hard R,” says producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past). “It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.”
We obviously know that’s a huge risk. These superhero movies fight for that PG-13 rating because it opens the movies up to the widest audience while still allows for appropriate levels of violence. Doesn’t look like Deadpool cares about that, and frankly it’s the best thing for the authenticity and quality of the movie, but we’ll see what it does to it financially.
Deadpool first-time director Tim Miller, who is behind the great open credits sequence for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, highlights a movie that served as an inspiration.
“I felt Fight Club and Tyler Durden were good corollaries,” Miller says. “We are in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny X-Men world.”
That would be amazing, but we all know the first rule of Fight Club, don’t we?