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Ryan Reynolds hopes Deadpool will open the door for R-rated superhero films

01.19.2016

Last nights screening of DEADPOOL was a huge success, according to the fans at least; the reactions to the film were hugely positive, which has me absolutely pumped to finally see the film for myself in a little under a month. Despite its status as a "superhero film," DEADPOOL is firmly embracing its R-rating, which includes "strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.” While an R-rating is in no way a surefire path to a great film, Ryan Reynolds is hoping that should DEADPOOL prove to be a success, we'll see many more R-rated superhero films on the horizon.

I think it has to [open the door for more R-rated superhero movies]. There are a lot of superhero movies out there on the market. It’s a genre unto itself. I personally would like to see more rated R ones. I just think it’s time. We’ll see if this holds. Hollywood shamefully copycats every movie that works – so if this does work, you’ll probably see more rated R films!

Reynolds said that it's very unlikely that we'd ever get an R-rated AVENGERS movie, but suggested that "there’s room for a rated R X-Force movie!" It will be interesting to see just how DEADPOOL will do when it comes to the box-office, because while the film has definitely been embraced by the movie community, especially here at JoBlo, it's still hard to tell how the film (and character) will be received by the rest of the public. We've seen this sort of thing happen before with film's that are hyped up by us movie geeks, more times than not, when it actually hits theaters, the box-office fizzles. Here's hoping DEADPOOL won't share that fate. 

Deadpool's rapid-fire delivery of jokes will likely be a highlight of the film, but for every joke we see/hear, there are a bunch which were unfortunately left on the cutting room floor. Thankfully, they may still see the light of day as Ryan Reynolds says that DEADPOOL's inevitable DVD/Blu-ray release will contain more than its share of extras.

This movie’s going to have a sh*t ton of DVD extras, because for every joke in the movie, there’s probably 3-10 alternates. We just tried so many different things. It was sort of heartbreaking, too, because you can’t put it all in. We sat in the edit room for months and just painstakingly went through the movie – you gotta kill some of your darlings.

DEADPOOL hits theaters on February 12, 2015.

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5:19PM on 01/20/2016

I honestly hope so too

I think R rated superhero movies give it much more edge. Theres only so little and so much you can add in a PG-13 superhero flick I'm not asking for an R rated spiderman or ironman I think that'll be silly but I can see Capt America being R.
I think R rated superhero movies give it much more edge. Theres only so little and so much you can add in a PG-13 superhero flick I'm not asking for an R rated spiderman or ironman I think that'll be silly but I can see Capt America being R.
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12:28PM on 01/20/2016
If they do them for less, and release them in February or September, then maybe. Off-season is when unabashedly R-rated movies have the most opportunity to find an audience. Alternately, they just have to be better movies, like Mad Max: Fury Road was. That movie demanded people go see it, despite being essentially pulpy fun. Generally, I don't expect integrity of the source material will ever trump asses in seats.
If they do them for less, and release them in February or September, then maybe. Off-season is when unabashedly R-rated movies have the most opportunity to find an audience. Alternately, they just have to be better movies, like Mad Max: Fury Road was. That movie demanded people go see it, despite being essentially pulpy fun. Generally, I don't expect integrity of the source material will ever trump asses in seats.
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9:38AM on 01/20/2016
If he means that it'll start a new trend a la THE DARK KNIGHT where studios make movies that directly copy DEADPOOL's style, I disagree. If he means that it'll convince studios that the rating should be given according to the movie and not the other way around, I agree.
If he means that it'll start a new trend a la THE DARK KNIGHT where studios make movies that directly copy DEADPOOL's style, I disagree. If he means that it'll convince studios that the rating should be given according to the movie and not the other way around, I agree.
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11:19PM on 01/19/2016

Kickass

This definitely ain't the first.
This definitely ain't the first.
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6:49AM on 01/20/2016
Blade was possibly the first.
Blade was possibly the first.
11:08PM on 01/19/2016
Look, if this can do well enough and warrant a sequel, I'll be estatic.
Look, if this can do well enough and warrant a sequel, I'll be estatic.
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9:17PM on 01/19/2016

It will be successful because they did it on the cheap....

So even if it's a moderate success (I'm thinking $75-$100 million domestic), it's a hit. The problem will come in when they do one of these with a big budget. That's really risky and I'm not sure if a studio will get behind it.
So even if it's a moderate success (I'm thinking $75-$100 million domestic), it's a hit. The problem will come in when they do one of these with a big budget. That's really risky and I'm not sure if a studio will get behind it.
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11:15PM on 01/19/2016
Chronicles of Riddick is a perfect example.
Chronicles of Riddick is a perfect example.
11:18PM on 01/19/2016
A moderate budget is a sensible way to go. Substitute massive special effects for an edgier script.

A smaller budget means you don't have to please everyone.
A moderate budget is a sensible way to go. Substitute massive special effects for an edgier script.

A smaller budget means you don't have to please everyone.
8:04AM on 01/20/2016
Well, I remember the first X-MEN was made for around $60M, but it was a long time ago.
And can ANYONE believe they can do an X-FORCE film with a moderate budget, without having it looking like a Sy-Fy TV movie ?
Agreed, great movies like IRON SKY did go the cheap way, but it limited what they could do on screen and they didn't have big US Studios' executives slowing them down...
Well, I remember the first X-MEN was made for around $60M, but it was a long time ago.
And can ANYONE believe they can do an X-FORCE film with a moderate budget, without having it looking like a Sy-Fy TV movie ?
Agreed, great movies like IRON SKY did go the cheap way, but it limited what they could do on screen and they didn't have big US Studios' executives slowing them down...
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