Earlier this week, the “Merc with a Mouth” was the center of attention when test footage for a Deadpool movie leaked onto the internet. The footage was in the process of being taken down, only to have the clip leak again, this time in beautiful HD. Directed by Tim Miller, the test footage showed a CG stand in for Wade Wilson voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Complete with his signature costume, the scene begins with Deadpool singing Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl‘. Wade (in signature Deadpool fashion) begins to introduce himself to the audience, and soon finds himself in a series of increasingly dangerous and hilarious antics, peaking with a beheading and ointment joke.
The footage has been very well received by fans, with many saying it captures the essence and insanity of the character Deadpool, which is very relieving for those who were disappointed in the wildly different direction the character took in the mess that was 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
But the news isn’t all positive, as it seems rather unlikely that Fox would ever approve an R-rated comic book movie. A feature film based on Deadpool has been in the planing stages as far back as the mid-2000’s for Fox, and in 2009 they officially gave a Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool movie the greenlight. One of Marvel comics most insane characters seemed ready to star in his own film. Actor Ryan Reynolds became a common news source for fans on any information regarding the project, but movement on the film was slow for a period of time until special effects guru and founder of Blur Studios Tim Miller was the latest director involved with the movie, signing back in 2011 to take on the project. It was then when this footage was filmed by Miller to give Fox a peak at what a Deadpool movie would be if brought to life.
Not long after, Fox once again slowed on the movie, allegedly citing the R rating as the main issue. From the get go, the R rating of the film has been the main battle between those involved with the film and Fox. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld commented on the footage and its R rating back in 2012, then again in 2013, that time excitedly describing the footage. But an R-rated Deadpool movie by Fox doesn’t seem like it’s meant to be. If Fox would’ve been impressed by the footage, it seems they would have put the movie into production right around that time, but sources say the studio just can’t bring themselves to approve the necessary budget for an R rating, as they feel it limits the money the movie would pull in, citing the box office disappointments of such R-rated adaptations as ‘Kick-Ass’, but the film makers believe they can get the movie made on a “smaller” budget of 50 million dollars.
However, with this recent leak of footage, Rob Liefeld said that the clip Deadpool fans immediately embraced is not what we are going to be seeing. Liefeld spoke in a series of tweets saying that the movie’s “brilliant” script would be revised to meet the standards of a PG-13 film, with the R rating “no longer being a blockade.”
So this is where we stand currently on the status of a Deadpool film. While many fans believe the film needs to be R rated to fully capture the feel of Wade Wilson, it just doesn’t appear that it’ll happen. If a Deadpool movie does indeed get made, here’s to hoping it’ll at least capture the feel of this scene, R rating or not.
What do you guys think? Would you want a R rated Deadpool movie? Or do you just want to see The Merc With A Mouth on screen, no matter what the rating? share your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned to MaxLevel for any news regarding Wade Wilson’s journey to the big screen.