The wait is over as Deadpool opens today in nationwide cinemas with R-16 rating by the local censors board of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Because of strong violence and language, as well as sexual content, director director Tim Miller expressed agreement with his movie’s R-ratings from across the globe.
“I think the R-rating allows us to have a level of reality that wouldn’t be possible with a PG-13,” says Miller. “I also think it’s an important step in the expansion of the genre. There’s a type of film that can only be made with this rating, and that really expands the boundaries of the stories comic book movies can tell.”
Miller along with his producers also remains convinced that time is right for this unique movie event. He said, “When comic book movies first appeared, they had to be ‘tentpole’ movies, which had to appeal to the broadest possible audience. Deadpool was always meant to be an edgy film, and the time is right for it. The genre of superhero and comic book films is wider and it feels like it’s time to do a film like this, that sort of pushes the boundaries a little further.”
Deadpool started life as Wade Wilson, an elite Special Forces operative turned mercenary. An expert marksman, swordsman and martial artist, and proficient in several languages, Wilson was diagnosed with terminal cancer, threatening to cut his days of being a hired gun short.
Approached by a secret experimental program, Wilson was presented with a choice: take part in their twisted experiments for a chance to cure his cancer, or bear the pain of imminent death.
But the shadowy facility didn’t exactly cure Wade’s cancer. What they did was activate dormant mutant genes that imbued Wade with regenerative healing powers. In fact, the procedure advanced Wade’s cancer, leaving him permanently disfigured but incapable of death, the perfect cocktail for an unhealthy mind.
Dubbed “The Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool is a pop culture-literate antihero unique amongst comic book characters in that he can break the fourth wall and flip superhero conventions on their head.
The character’s accessibility is defined partly by his twisted sense of humor. “It really draws you in,” noted Ryan Reynolds who plays the antihero. “Deadpool has this bright, optimistic outlook on life, even though his life is pretty shitty.”
Deadpool from 20th Century Fox invades 2D and IMAX screens nationwide beginning today. The movie is distributed by Warner Bros.