You have to almost feel sorry for Ryan Reynolds. He has starred in no less than four comic book movies in his career; all of those movies failed critically, as well as commercially. Most notably, his character Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” met with universal disdain. Most agree Reynolds was not the problem, but the lack of success halted any plans for a “Deadpool” movie until recently. With Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence leaving the “X-Men” films, and renewed public interest in “Deadpool,” this could represent Reynolds’ chance for success in the franchise.

 

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool

Reynolds as Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (nydailynews.com)

Despite some initial trepidation from fans on the matter, Reynolds seems to have won the public over with the recent announcement that “Deadpool” will receive an R-rating. On April 1, Mario Lopez interviewed Reynolds about the upcoming project; they had what could only be described as an odd conversation about how a good “Deadpool” film should receive a PG-13 rating. Deviating from his usually aloof demeanor, Reynolds appeared to be uncomfortable with the topic. Without warning, a red and black suit figure smashed Lopez with a chair, announcing (in Reynolds voice) that “Deadpool” will most certainly receive an R-rating. April fools! Fans rejoice! Well played, Mr. Reynolds.

 

To understand what makes this such big news requires a little context on the character Reynolds will portray. Wade Wilson, also known as Deadpool, is an anti-hero within the Marvel universe. What makes the character unique is a complete willingness to indulge in the surreal. Known as the “merc with the mouth,” his language is foul, and his methods are gruesome. On top of all that, Wade Wilson’s mind is devoid of any semblance of sanity, causing him to constantly break the fourth wall between himself and the audience and crack pop culture references.

 

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

A photo from Reynolds’ Twitter of him in costume, replete with classic Deadpool humor (twitter.com)

Possessing some of the most violent and obscene stories within the Marvel universe, Deadpool simply cannot be done justice on film within the confines of a PG-13 rating.

 

Reynolds told USA Today in February that positive fan reaction to old test footage of him as the titular character got the film green-lit. He has done a phenomenal job of ensuring public trust in the project by actively advocating for the rating and content that fans desire, as well as using his Twitter to keep fans informed about developments.

 

Essentially, “Deadpool” represents a grassroots movement; studios have finally decided to lend their ears to the fans. After Marvel took on the risky adaptation of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” studios seem realize unorthodox comic book films can turn a profit. Although comic book films have already become a booming industry, the success of these more alternative properties could take the genre in a whole new (and incredibly exciting) direction.

 

Are you happy with the R-rating? Do you think Reynolds will do a good job in the role? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us how you feel!