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Looks Like Fox Is Aiming For The Deadpool Movie To Be PG-13

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Get it? Aiming? Guns? Enh, whatever. A new rumor claims that the movie will be rated PG-13, which is somewhat depressing, but not particularly surprising. Here's why you probably shouldn't lose too much sleep over this.

First, let's begin with where the rumor originated: Deadpool director Tim Miller, albeit produced secondhand by the Schmoes Know podcast. The quote is as follows:

"I heard from the director [Tim Miller] that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced, that they figured out, and you guys are all going to hate this, that they figured out how to make it PG-13 and therefore not lose its soul - that's a quote - of the script so they can make it."


The "not lose its soul" business is, if verbatim, a good sign. By virtue of that great Deadpool CG test footage that everyone freaked out over — and almost certainly was what finally gave Fox enough courage to finally schedule the movie — that Miler made, he gets Deadpool. If he feels comfortable with a PG-13 Deadpool script, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be as well.

Second of all, here's where America's disturbing tolerance of violence works out for us. A PG-13 rating should let Deadpool stab, shoot and basically murder an infinite amount of bad guys, as long as there's not any gore (the CG test footage didn't have any, and looked fine). I don't know how the MPAA feels about heroes playing with severed heads, and wear that falls on the ratings scale but I wouldn't inherently assume it couldn't be included in the finished film


But the biggest reason you shouldn't worry about a PG-13 rated Deadpool movie is because it never, ever was really going to be an R. No major studio ever wants to limit the audience of a superhero movie by preventing teens, its biggest potential audience, from buying tickets. There are exceptions like Kick-Ass, but 1) no one would risk this with an infinitely more major Marvel or DC character and 2) Kick-Ass 2 was also rated R and tanked hard, which surely scared any Fox executives who were even toying with the idea of an R for Wade Wilson's triumphant cinematic debut.

So why be upset? Let's just be happy a Deadpool movie is finally on its way, by a guy who seemingly gets Deadpool, We were never going to do better than that anyways.

[Via The Dissolve]