All kidding aside, ‘Deadpool’ will in fact be R-rated

April 02, 2015 | 1:16 p.m.

Actor Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, in a photo the actor revealed via Twitter. (

“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds has confirmed the film will in fact be R-rated, doing so with an April Fools hoax that involved the wisecracking antihero himself.

Hero Complex later verified the R-rating with 20th Century Fox.

deadpool teddy gun All kidding aside, Deadpool will in fact be R rated

Deadpool in action (Marvel Comics)

The fun all started Wednesday morning with a tweet from Reynolds’ account. He joked that the film would be rated PG-13, colorfully promising fans that it would still have a “ton of action” and “at least 3 chimichangas.”

“Zero need to panic. I promise,” Reynolds tweeted.

Though “Deadpool” is a superhero film, a PG-13 rating would still be a bit of a surprise, as Deadpool is a darker sort of comic antihero.

The film is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his joking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers.

The actor alluded to a months-long back and forth between filmmakers and the studio regarding “Deadpool’s” MPAA rating.

All of Fox’s previous Marvel-based movies are PG-13, and, for a while, it seemed as if fans would have to settle for a subdued version of the so-called “Merc with a Mouth.”

Reynolds ultimately took to Twitter to set the record straight:

“Deadpool,” directed by Tim Miller, hits theaters Feb. 12, 2016.

— Andrea Wang | @accordingtoAW | @LATHeroComplex


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One Response to All kidding aside, ‘Deadpool’ will in fact be R-rated

  1. LastActionHero says:

    I panicked for a moment with this PG-13 thing, they got me! lol
    I'm very excited for a real Deadpool being made, I think of him as the best joke of all comics!

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