As we all know, Deadpool 2 was a glorious Rated-R action spectacular much like its predecessor, proving that Rated-R comic book films can do pretty damn well. It was also a massive success at the box-office much like another familiar comic book film that goes by the name Logan. However, weirdly enough, there’s going to be a PG-13 release for the film that would hit theaters in December and you gotta wonder why they’re even doing this.
One could argue that it’s to test the waters to see how the character would fare in a PG-13 setting, particularly the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since the whole Disney-Fox thing is happening in which Disney will be acquiring the rights to its assets including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, this seems likely. However, it looks like it’s not really the case according to Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Speaking to Cinemablend, Reese and Wernick revealed the reason behind the PG-13 release and it apparently has less to do with Disney and more to do with reaching out to other demographics. Reese said:
“There is that segment of the population who we’ve treated to a great disservice by not letting them see Deadpool, and we’ve sort of driven a wedge between parents and their tweener kids who aren’t quite old enough to see it, and are bitter about it. And parents who were mad that Deadpool is of a certain rating, and that their kids whine all the time about it. So we’re trying to serve that demographic, in particular.”
A great disservice is a pretty dumb statement but I won’t get into that but they have every right to do it and the Rated-R cut is not going anywhere. However, it is a wonder how a PG-13 Deadpool 2 would fare in theaters and if adults would still be a little unsure if they should bring their kids to this film. Doesn’t matter anyway cause the Rated-R cut made a ton of cash and this one wouldn’t really be all that big a deal in the wide scale of things.