There are a lot of reasons to remain hopeful for the Deadpool movie staring Ryan Reynolds. While there have been rumors that the film may be trying to secure a PG-13 rating, those are still, indeed, just rumors. There may even be some hope for you folks who want to see a true-to-spirit R rated Deadpool movie. Rhett Reese, one of the writers of the Deadpool script, has even told fans to not give up quite yet.
A Good Script
Yes, folks hang in there. The script that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote is undoubtably a very R rated affair. It's funny, profane, gloriously violent and it has the Deadpool spirit in spades. And if Ryan Reynolds is to be believed, the script and the leaked test footage - which comes directly from the pages of the Reese/Wernick script - is what got Deadpool the go-ahead from Fox.
From here on out we'll be in SPOILER territory.
Consider yourself warned!
Fan will also be happy to know that the Deadpool script does take advantage of the large X-Men roster that Fox owns. One of the first to pop up is Colossus, the big metal mutant guy that has been seen in the recent X-Men movies during those bleak present-day apocalyptic scenes.
Deadpool vs Colossus
In the script, we meet Colossus almost right after the scene from the test footage. The X-Man is trying to clean up after the mess Deadpool has made and the two end up in a extremely nasty and, of course, very funny fight.
I won't go into specific details and try not to be too heavy on the spoilers. Let's just say that Deadpool doesn't win the fight, but wins the battle. For his dignity, at least. But does loose most of his ability to walk upright. If the scene remains in the movie, I hope they can get Daniel Cudmore, and I can't image why they couldn't...
This scene also provides a good contrast to the type of superhero Deadpool is and what sets him apart from just about anyone else in the X-Men universe. It would be a shame if it ended up on the cutting room floor.
Deadpool vs Deadpool
The script reminds me a bit of the great, underrated [Edge of Tomorrow](movie:267902) from last year. In it, Tom Cruise's character dies dozens of times over - and the Deadpool movie has a lot of fun with Wade Wilson's healing abilities. After treating us to the agonizing process that gave Wade his Deadpool powers, the script takes a lot of pleasure in putting Deadpool in scenario after scenario of gruesome demise.
Sometimes at the hands of another super-powered adversary, sometimes an accidental collision with, say, a concrete wall, sometimes at his own hands - there's a chunk of the movie that could also remind some folks of a particularly funny bit from Groundhog Day.
The Good News
If you are worried about the folks behind this Deadpool movie not knowing how to do the character justice, I would rest easy. I think the team knows what makes [Deadpool](movie:38663) a fan favorite character. Here's hoping they're able to make the movie that Reese & Wernick wrote and they don't end up with a pale, bloodless, profanity-free version that betrays the promise of their script.
Of course, the script I'm looking at could have been re-written ten times over by now - so it could all turn out completely different. But it's given me renewed hope after all the threats of a PG-13 rating. They're working with a great blueprint - let's keep our fingers crossed that Fox doesn't botch the hit.