If you caught the Deadpool red band trailer last month, you know that the Merc with the Mouth’s solo film is going to be…let’s just say not appropriate for the kids. Cursing, gore, nudity, it has it all. However, if you’re one of the few that still have reservations about whether the film will deliver on what the trailer has promised, not to worry. By all accounts, 20th Century Fox is taking full advantage of that R rating, and it will be the extremely violent and profanity-laced adventure fans have been waiting for.
Executive producer Simon Kinberg (who is also heavily involved with the main X-Men films and the Gambit spinoff) told Collider that after watching an early cut of Deadpool, he’s confident it will give everything the fans want, especially when it comes to R-rated material. Kinberg said:
I have seen a rough cut of Deadpool and it’s fantastic. It’s a really good movie. It delivers on the promise of the trailer… We really committed and leaned into it being R-rated. It’s just darker and edgier and weirder in the best way—like Deadpool should be—than any other movie in the genre.
These words should be comforting to hardcore Deadpool fans. While not impossible, it would be difficult for a Deadpool movie to feel authentic under a restrictive PG-13 rating. With the R-rating, Deadpool can get as obscene and intense as it wants (which is one of the few benefits of Deadpool’s film rights not belonging to Marvel Studios). Some examples of the mature, NSFW content the film has shown so far include Deadpool taking out three guys at once with a well-placed headshot, Blind Al’s comment of the eponymous nutcase sounding like he has "a dick in his mouth," and Weasel’s colorful descriptions about how disgusting Wade’s face looks. Fox also released a green band (a.k.a. "approved for appropriate audiences") Deadpool trailer online and to show in theaters, but you can still tell watching that one that the film is going to be much edgier than most superhero offerings.
Deadpool follows former special forces operative Wade Wilson as he is subjected to a rogue experiment in an effort to cure his cancer. He comes out of the procedure with his face disfigured, but on the bright side, he also has accelerated healing powers and a new dark, twisted sense of humor. Adopting the moniker Deadpool, Wade makes a name for himself as a mercenary and uses his new abilities to "hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life."
Moviegoers can catch Deadpool in theaters on February 12, 2016.