Deadpool remains a favorite comic book film among many fans, who are eagerly awaiting the sequel. There were many elements of the movie that worked well to deliver the Merc with a Mouth in a way that pleased audiences, and many believe this to be because it was given an R rating. However, in an interview with ComingSoon, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick discussed how the success was largely due to factors beyond the rating.
“Well I think a lot of people just felt like the R-rating had everything to do with it,” Reese says. “While I agree to a certain extent, I personally feel like a PG-13 Deadpool still would have succeeded because I think it’s more about the character. You can’t just slap an R-rating on something and have it be good. That’s definitely one element of a lot of other elements. I think people are attributing a little too much to that. That said, having the ability to break those rules with an R-rating did help us.”
There is definitely much truth behind this statement. While the R rating did allow Deadpool to be as mouthy and gory as he wanted to be, it took the efforts of the entire creative team to flesh out a film that accurately depicted our Friendly Neighborhood Pool Guy. If nobody had cared about getting the character right, we could’ve just gotten a rated R version of the debacle labeled Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We are all anxiously waiting for Deapool 2, so be sure to stay tuned for updates on all things Deadpool!
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