‘Deadpool’ the First Rated ‘R’ Superhero

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The Fox movies Comic Con International ‘Mutant Mayhem’ panel was kicked off with “Merc with the Mouth,” Deadpool, in a pre-recorded video that introduced Reynolds, who then introduced the panel. The panel’s primary topic of discussion was that this is the first ‘R’ rated superhero movie and that this movie is not just an ‘R’, it is a hard ‘R’. According to Simon Kinberg, “Deadpool is a hard R…It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.”

After the panel introduced their characters in true R-rated character form, the video trailer was played, to which the crowd responded by shouting for the trailer to be played one more time until it was indeed played again. This trailer, however, cannot be shown here due to the hard-R rating.


Reynolds said on the Comic-Con panel that it was the fans that forced the production of the Deadpool movie. The leaked test footage in 2011 is what frenzied fans to the point that 20th Century Fox had to make the movie. Reynolds would like to kiss that person “full on the mouth, sloppy, with tongue, for two straight minutes on live television, without commercial interruption.” No worries though, he promises to buy dinner and dessert afterward.

The first-time director, Tim Miller refers to Deadpool as the perfect character for our time. The first hard ‘R’ rated superhero movie, Deadpool, also stars Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, and T.J. Miller.

July 11, 20th Century Fox received significant attention at Comic-Con with the first R-rated superhero, Deadpool in the spotlight. Just as Reynolds promised it is rated R. He has wanted to play the Marvel bad boy for over 10 years. This movie will focus on the comic’s violent, spicy, obscene, and funny mercenary character while giving Reynolds the freedom to push the film way past PG-13.

Miller, who designed the opening credits for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, says that this movie is far from the shiny X-Men area, going into strip clubs, dumpy-style apartments, and dive bars. Also, expect to see gory things to happen. Other things that could happen in Deadpool with this rating:

1. He will either decapitate someone or at least be decapitated himself.
2. Expect gore, blood, and ultra-violent scenes.
3. There will be imaginative, excessive swearing that will at times be vocally obscene.
4. According to a tweet from Reynolds, there will be “expertly lit French Unicorn sex. At least comedically, creative, exotic sex.
5. Deadpool will be overwhelmingly mean to Colossus after she tunes him up.


Coming to theaters February 12, 2016, Deadpool is Marvel Comics’ most unorthodox anti-hero. Wade Wilson was a former Special Forces operative that had turned mercenary. Wilson is exposed to an unsanctioned experiment leaving him with the power to heal quickly. Wade Wilson takes on the alter ego of Deadpool. He has new and powerful abilities with a twisted, dark sense of humor. Now he is going to hunt the man who almost destroyed his life.

Reynolds has been trying to get over the disappointment of The Green Lantern since 2011. The X-Men spin-off, Deadpool, is a project Reynolds wanted to get off the ground 10 years ago. He said that that it was a miracle that Fox gave the go-ahead on the hard R-rated movie. The Deadpool trailer contains explosive action sequences, a sex scene, and multiple f-bombs.

This movie holds truer to the comic book than others Reynolds has seen. Reynolds said that he had only done one other superhero movie, insinuating that The Green Lantern was not true to the comic book. Later, Reynolds stood with Fox’s Marvel characters including those from the X-Men and Fantastic Four for a photo op and it appeared that Reynolds was finally superhero comfortable.

By Jeanette Smith


Comicbook.com: Deadpool Comic Con Panel Released Online
EW: Meet Deadpool, the First Hard-R Rated Superhero
Variety: Deadpool Trailer Wows Audience at Comic Con
Movie Pilot: What Deadpool’s Hard R-Rating Means for the Movie

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