Roughly five minutes after Deadpool fans learned that their beloved Merc With a Mouth would receive his own standalone movie (after YEARS of waiting), they also found something to complain about. The rumors started to swirl that the movie only was greenlit if the creative team behind the Deadpool film could deliver a PG-13 cut. Fans didn’t want to accept that, however, and the groundswell of negativity brewed higher and hotter.
Here’s the funny part, though. No one could confirm that Deadpool had to be PG-13, and not R. In fact, Deadpool’s creator, Robert Liefeld, Tweeted his own thoughts on the matter, and also retweeted Rhett Reese, who penned the draft of the Deadpool movie that we believe Fox is using to get Wade Wilson in the cinematic pipeline:
Because the matter of a Deadpool movie rating seemed very important to fans, we went right to the source. In our exclusive interview with Rob Liefeld, I asked him if the movie – as far as he knows – will be PG-13, and if the rating concerned him. Liefeld told me:
In other words, it’s far too early to tell what rating Deadpool is going to receive. And Liefeld’s correct in saying that the MPAA let’s FAR MORE questionable material skate through to theaters these days then they might have a few years back. A PG-13 rating on a Deadpool movie shouldn’t change expectations, nor should an R-rating guarantee instant success. As Liefeld puts it:
So, the Deadpool train keeps running at full steam, and the ratings "controversy" is an empty argument at the moment. Deadpool will be in theaters on February 12, 2016. We’ll know what it's rated by then.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.