You can’t spell “Merc with a Mouth” without an R.
The upcoming Deadpool movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds as everyone’s favorite morally flexible superhero, has officially earned its R rating. According to the official Fox site for the film, the MPAA opted for the R due to “strong violence and language throughout, sexual content, and graphic nudity.”
While most of your Marvel and DC adaptations come with a PG-13 rating, there is a small history of R-rated superheroes on screen. Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd earned an R back in 1995, and Wesley Snipes’ Blade did the same in 1998. The Crow (1994), Watchmen (2009), and Kick-Ass (2010) all earned an R, too.
But over the past few years, most of the major superhero flicks have targeted a PG-13 rating, and when the Deadpool project was first announced, some feared that Wade Wilson’s transition to the big screen meant toning down his penchant for sex, violence, and foul language. But since the beginning, both the cast and crew have reassured fans that the film would stay true to the tone of the comics, and Reynolds even made a foul-mouthed parody video with Mario Lopez last year addressing the subject.
“Deadpool is a hard R,” producer Simon Kinberg told EW back in July. “It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.”
Deadpool will arrive in theaters on Feb. 12.