Viewers awaiting the big screen debut of everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth in director Tim Miller’s Deadpool likely know by now that the forthcoming film will feature Ryan Reynolds in the lead role playing the character of Wade Wilson largely as he is featured in the Marvel Comics. Bottom line, the new film will be a much filthier take on the X-Men universe than has been previously established by the likes of Bryan Singer, and as such has already been banned in China for said obscenities.
Nevertheless, fans applauded the film at a recent surprise screening of the film in Los Angeles. However, not all of the raunchy bad behavior that has been a staple of the film’s advertising campaign leading up to its February 2016 release will make the final cut in theaters.
As was reported by ComicBook.com, Miller ended up taking out several portions of the finished film after consulting with his producer Simon Kinberg on the grounds of certain scenes that were either too violent or mean-spirited in tone and content. In particular, one Deadpool fight sequences that was set to feature, “an extended version [with] a couple more beats of violence,” was taken out for the sake of sensitivity towards general audiences. One bar scene in particular featured some particularly gratuitous dialogue between co-stars Reynolds and T.J. Miller, which led to it being cut too.
When asked to go into detail on the scene in question, director Tim Miller stated:
“That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. and Ryan got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, ‘Oh my God, this is too far.’ I mean there were so many people offended it would have really been…we couldn’t do it. It was just mean, and so I said, ‘No. We don’t have to do that.’“
It’s not entirely surprising that a comic talent as versatile when it comes to vulgar take downs as T.J. Miller can be would supply material to the film’s script that might be deemed as going “too far,” with the actor in question ceding that he and Reynolds, “Did kind of go back and forth, and it just got more and more hateful.” Perhaps director Tim Miller is simply hedging his bets and towing the line according to his producer’s wishes at this point – though, there will undoubtedly still be plenty of material left in the finished production that may be deemed NSFW either way.
As the days march ever closer to the release of Deadpool, fans of the Marvel bad boy can sit back, maybe listen to the original soundtrack on Spotify, and get ready for the film when it sees theatrical release ahead of Valentine’s Day weekend. And be sure to stay well after the final frames roll in order to see the movies post-credits scene following the juvenile mayhem.
Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an untitled X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also currently in development.