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Hero Blend #52: Should Deadpool Be R-Rated?

While comic book fans everywhere are elated that the Deadpool movie is finally coming together, there is one aspect of the development that has been at the center of some debate: the expected MPAA rating. Though the film was originally developed as an R-rated feature, there has been a good amount of talk in recent months about the project potentially being forced to go PG-13 in order to actually get made. This news resulted in many fans getting in a huff, expressing that a proper Deadpool movie can’t actually be made without a restrictive rating – but are they right?

There are certainly a lot of elements to look at in his conversation. On the one hand, Deadpool is a psychopathic mercenary who has been known in the comics to kill with glee, and that isn’t an element that you necessarily want to censor. On the other hand, there’s the argument that the classic Deadpool stories that made him such a beloved character played by the Comic Code Authority rules, and didn’t actually feature all that much blood and swearing. Some have argued that there aren’t actually that many superhero films actually for adults, while others have countered that kids shouldn’t miss out on a potentially really fun Deadpool feature just because of that. As you can tell, it’s a complicated issue, and it’s one that we full explore in this week’s episode.

Joining me for Hero Blend #52 is my good friend Silas Lesnick from Craved, who has what some may think is a controversial stance on this subject. Hit play above us witness the debate!

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.