Deapool Trailer and R Rated Comic Book Movies

DeadpoolLogoTime to warm up the Chimichangas, and tear down the fourth wall. 20th Century Fox, yes the same studio that sewed his mouth shut, released the Comic-Con Trailer for Deadpool in full HD glory (NSFW)

I cannot begin to tell you how amped up I am about this film and luckily for me it comes out 3 days after my birthday!!!! Anyone else notice the dig at Ryan Reynolds former role as the Green Lantern? “Just don’t make the super suit green…or animated!”

Now Deadpool, appropriately, will be rated R. I do feel that there could not be a successful Deadpool movie if it were not rated R because that is how the character is written. However an interesting thing has happened and people are calling for more R rated superhero movies. My question is WHY? I have never watched a Batman movie, a Marvel film and gone “man punisher-skullthat was good but there needed to be more violence, cursing and sex. That film would be better rated R”. Seriously though, has anyone ever said that? The last R rated comic book movie I remember was the 2004 adaptation of Punisher. Again another film based off a comic book that was written for a mature audience.

One can certainly argue that with the style of animation, the dark gritty content, all comic books are geared toward a mature audience and I will not argue with you on that. However, flip through the pages of Thor, Captain America, Batman, Superman, Star Wars etc. What do you find? Compelling story lines, character development, action and violence. What do you NOT find? gratuitous sex and violence and unnecessary cursing

According to Mental Floss here is the criteria for PG-13 and R rated films

PG-13—“Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13… may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements… Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity… generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence… but generally not both realistic and extreme persistent violence… Single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words (author’s note: the ‘f-word’), though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must evenone of those wordsused in a sexual context” (emphasis added; author’s note: i.e., “Let’s ‘f-word’”).

R—“Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian… May include adult themes, adult activity (author’s note: stuff it’s not legal for kids to do), hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements… Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.”

So based upon these descriptions, Deadpool deserves his R rating because there will certainly be hard language and adult themes such as drinking and sexual orientated dialog. Again, this makes sense based off the comic source material.

Why though are people calling for a R rated Batman? Are people so desperate for Bats to drop an F-bomb? It does not make any logical sense for an Superhero/Comic book movie to have an R rating if the the comic source material does not require it. Adding MORE violence, sexually-oriented nudity and other adult themes for the sake of adding them is ridiculous, unnecessary and a waste.

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Forget Marvel for a second because Disney is…well…Disney. Lets look at the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. All three movies were PG-13. All three films were herald as the greatest Batman trilogy of all time (Authors note: Wasn’t a fan of Batman Begins, the other two films were amazing). These films were dark, gritty, and violent. Deserving of its PG-13 rating (and the cape and cowl) They lacked in nothing. To make them R-rated again would force language and violence into films where it is not needed.

I am not against R-rated superhero/comic book films. I am against forcing them into an R-rating just to have a “more adult film”

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