ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Note, Deadpool's involved, so some of what's below is...adult. As in entrail-y sort of adult.

When the news broke last week that Deadpool was - finally - making his way back to the big screen, there was widespread elation here at Moviepilot. After all, the Merc with a Mouth is about as beloved a character as you'll ever find within geekdom, and one whose last cinematic outing was...not quite what we'd all hoped for...

Pictured: Not quite a lot of things...
Pictured: Not quite a lot of things...

So, since he's now set to be getting his own shiny solo movie, we can actually expect to see the Deadpool we know and love from the comics, right?

Right, still-attached-to-direct-the-movie Tim Miller?

Not so much, it seems. As the latest edition of Schmoes Know's podcast "Meet the Movie Press" has revealed, it looks as though the version of Deadpool that'll be hitting the big screen might not be quite what we're expecting:

"I heard from the director that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced, that they figured out, and you guys are all gonna hate this, they figured out how to make it PG-13. And therefore 'not lose its soul,' and that's a quote, of the script so that they can make it."

Which is...a pretty big deal, actually.

Without the freedom of an R rating, will the creative team really be able to bring Deadpool to life on screen in the brutal, hilarious, and chaotic way that he's always so patently deserved?

I mean, we'll be missing out on so much. For example...

What About the Ultra-Violence?

After all, what's a deranged mercenary without a little extreme, bloody violence? Will we really be able to enjoy a Deadpool movie that isn't at least a tiny bit drenched in blood? It'd be like watching a Tarantino film with no cursing in it.

Speaking of which...

What About the Bad Language?

Now, admittedly, Deadpool is usually limited in his ability to curse in print by the fact that kids can - and will - read the comics. On screen, though, the hope was that he'd be free to swear with impunity within an R-rated setting - and we could finally hear Ryan Reynolds launch into a foul-mouthed tirade about just how much of a £$^£& *"&!"^ "!&*** Cable is.

With a PG-13, we might get a couple of brief rude exclamations, but there's a strict limit.

Similarly,

What About the Gratuitous Nudity?

Now, there are admittedly more central elements to his character, but it's important to remember that for Deadpool, there's not much in life that's more important than ogling attractive ladies.

Irrespective of your feelings as to the appropriateness of that particular predilection, can a Deadpool movie really stay true to itself on the big screen without a whole heap of unnecessary, borderline-offensive nudity?

I mean, heck, without those three things, is Deadpool really worth making at all?

I mean, you just have to look at the Ultimate Spider-Man version to see how much neutering the character can take away from his appeal:

Wait, you're going to neuter who now?
Wait, you're going to neuter who now?

Well, y'know what, it just might still be worth it, for one particular reason:

Deadpool is More Than the Sum of His Parts

Think about it for a second. When it really comes down to it, what is it you love most about Deadpool? There are other heroes out there who are more violent, plenty who swear a whole lot more, and more still that have an even less healthy relationship with female sexuality.

What makes Deadpool unique - and one of the greatest features - isn't any of that. Instead, it's his sense of humor, his gift for chaos, and his complete and utter inability to function in the real world. It's the fact, when it comes right down to it, that he's a legitimate crazy person - in the most entertaining way possible.

He's a toilet-sitting...

...Bucky-chiding...

...ridiculous alternate version-having...

...meta-joke-machine.

And if a PG-13 version of the movie can keep all of that in tact, we could still see one of the greatest Marvel movies of all time.

Because, no matter what...

Oh, OK. Well, that, I suppose. That's just how [Deadpool](movie:38663) rolls.

Poll

The big question, though. Do you guys think Deadpool can still be a great movie if it's a PG-13?

via Geek Tyrant


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