Well, folks, it looks like the "Deadpool" movie is too hot for China, which is a fact that will make some hardcore Deadpool fans rejoice. This time last year, it seemed unbelievable that we'd get an R-rated "Deadpool," and now not only do we have that, but it's turning out to be everything fans hoped it would be--including news that the film is so over-the-top that it's being banned.
THR is now reporting that "Deadpool" has been denied release in China due to its violence, nudity, and graphic nature. According to the article, China is usually able to work with studios to create cleaned-up version of R-rated flicks, but that the offensive material is so interwoven into the DNA of the film, that it's impossible to create a clean cut without creating all kinds of plot problems.
"China has no ratings system, so the country's media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), makes an up-down judgment on all film imports, approving or banning them for consumption by Chinese viewers of all ages."
Looks like China has deemed the film only viewable by adults.
While this may seem like bad news for Fox, who likely predicted extra revenue from the Chinese box office, "Deadpool" is still a film with relatively minimal risk--at least that's what we've been told. Relative to movies like "X-Men: Apocalypse," and "Captain America: Civil War," "Deadpool" is likely pretty low budget affair. Let's hope it'll do well enough in North America, and across other countries to make up for the Chinese market, which is often a big one for studio releases.
But it's not all bad news.
Some lucky New Yorkers and Los Angeles...ers were recently able to check out an unfinished version of the "Deadpool" movie. In both cities, crowds gathered for what they thought were going to be clips for the flick. Instead, Fox decided to throw the entire movie at them.
The response to the film has been ridiculously positive. Take a look at some of the reactions below.
All of this positive buzz undoubtedly bodes well for the film, but at the same time, I'd be wary of reactions from screenings like this, as Ryan Reynolds was at the New York screening, and director Tim Miller (actors T.J. Miller and Briana Hildebrand, creator Rob Liefeld, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, producer Simon Kinberg, and comics legend Stan Lee) was at the LA screening.
Now I'm not saying that people are just being nice to the movie, but when you're expecting to just see a few clips of the movie, and you end up seeing the whole thing, it's a surprise. Add that to the wonderful fan atmosphere, and the fact that the people who brought the whole thing to life are in the same room as you, and you have all the makings for a colored experience.
Yes, these reactions are still great, and I think at this point, we can all conclude that the movie isn't garbage, but I think the jury is still out on whether or not it's as good as everyone is saying. That being said, I still have high hopes for the movie, and can't wait to see it for myself.
Regardless, I think we can all say that practically every move made by the marketing department has been beyond stellar.
What do you think? Do you think the movie is as good as the early screenings indicate? Let us know in the comments down below!