Considering that comic book movies are at the height of popularity in modern pop culture with the release of The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), it’s only a matter of time before movie studios reach deep in their bench to make new movies based on new properties.
While Marvel Studios have the big guns on their team such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, we’re already seeing activity to ignite their virtually unknown characters with new movies like Doctor Strange and Black Panther. Sony has plans to make a Sinister Six movie along with a Venom standalone movie, while Fox has plans to reboot the Fantastic Four with a younger cast, with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell. But with new comic book movies in the works for the next five years, what about everyone’s favorite loudmouth mercenary Deadpool?
While the Wade Wilson character, played by Ryan Reynolds, was introduced in the terrible and completely forgettable X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, Fox, who own the films rights, are not officially planning a Deadpool movie yet. X-Men: Days of Future Past producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently opened up about the possibilities of seeing a proper [Deadpool](movie:38663) movie on the big screen, but there are a few variables and obstacles standing in the way, namely whether the movie would be made as a PG-13 movie or a rated R one. Donner explained to HeyUGuys:
“We so want to make it. We’re getting there. I think it will, but one thing now is the rating," Donner explained. "If we make it a smaller budget movie, we can go for the R-Rating. If not, then we push the boundaries of PG-13, which is alright too. We just don’t want to saturate the market to the point where it’s just not special anymore.”
Now we’re past the days of small budget comic book movies such as Blade and The Punisher, both with under $40 million budgets and rated R. Movie studios seem to be the business of spending more money to make more money, especially with comic book movies. Let’s say Fox wants to go the PG-13 route with big budget Deadpool movie, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for fans and general audiences alike.
I know what you’re thinking, Deadpool is extremely violent and profane: how could a PG-13 Deadpool movie work? Well, if you consider the modern state of PG-13 action movies, then it’s easy to see how a PG-13 Deadpool movie could work and still leave fans wanting more from the character. Take a movie like The Dark Knight. In the first 20 minutes of that movie, The Joker plans an elaborate bank heist, while at the same time killing the bank manager with a shotgun. The tone of the scene is gripping and intense and didn’t need a rated R to convey that feeling to an audience. The Joker continues to reign terror on organized crime bosses and the good people of Gotham without the need for rated R violence or language. The film’s director Christopher Nolan smartly cuts away from the film’s on-screen violence. Watch the movie again, it seems more violent than it is, but when you really watch where the camera cuts from image to image, it’s tamer than you’d expect.
Nolan also didn’t show any blood through The Dark Knight’s 152-minute running time. It’s likely that the MPAA will give any movie, that appears as violent as possible, a PG-13 rating as long as it doesn’t show any gruesome red blood. The same thing could be done with Deadpool without sacrificing the character.
Look at a movie like [The Hunger Games](movie:44466). The movie is about a group of children forced to kill each other in the name of sports. The premise alone would warrant a rated R, but both movies in the series (and most likely the rest) are firm PG-13 films. The ideas and concepts behind The Hunger Games aren't lost because the film isn’t as violent as the book, while at the same time, Lionsgate, the movie studio behind the film series, is raking in a hefty box office because of the lucrative PG-13 rating.
Considering that Fox has already introduced Deadpool (in a PG-13 movie, I might add), it would be likely that the movie studio would want to have the character play with their stable of Marvel Comics superheroes like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four too. Introducing Deadpool to a new audience with a PG-13 could grow Fox’s brand for an unified cinematic universe like Marvel Studios and Sony’s Sinister Six. Fox could branch off Deadpool into a Weapon X movie or an X-Force movie, as well. The possibilities are endless and, sadly, an R rated Deadpool movie could hold back the character in a new cinematic universe film series.
What makes Deadpool an interesting character is not his weapons and bad-ass killing style (but arguably those things are pretty cool), the thing that makes Deadpool a great character is his winning personality, which doesn’t need an R rating to convey on the big screen. Although Deadpool is an anti-hero, he’s charming, funny, and fully self-aware. Deadpool just needs to break the fourth wall between the movie and the audience to make him memorable and likeable to a general audience. With Fox planning to make [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267), and possibly standalone [Gambit](movie:612399) and Mystique movies, it’s time for the movie studio to give heavy consideration to Deadpool. Now a rated R Deadpool movie would be ideal, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Fox wanted to make a hard PG-13 movie instead.
Deadpool just needs a good director, screenwriter, and lead behind him to bring the character alive on the big screen.
But what do you think? Could Deadpool work as anything less than an R-Rated movie? Write in with your thoughts below the line!