Deadpool has been selling itself hard as Marvel's R-rated glory; though it's not the studios' first with the rating, with the last being Lexi Alexander's Punisher: War Zone back in 2008.
Not revolutionary, then; but the studio's focused, inspired marketing campaign has taken full advantage of Deadpool's relative outsider standing in this year's blockbuster affairs, putting its R-rating from the MPAA for "strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity" front-and-centre.
Is it really that much of a surprise then to hear that T.J. Miller, who plays Weasel in the film, has teased a Director's Cut of the film? One that will be "even more raw" than what you see in theatres?
Considering Marvel's not exactly known for creative leniency with its directors (especially following Edgar Wright's highly publicised departure from Ant-Man), it's sort of unlikely this is much beyond a carefully controlled, extremely deliberate move by the studio to further drum up hype for the ultra-violent flick.
"So the idea that when you see the fall director’s cut of it," Miller teased in full. "That that’s going to be even more raw, that’s pretty heavy duty."
Miller dropped the comments while attending a special Deadpool fan screening in London, luckily captured by an attending audience member and shared on Twitter.
Presumably, this unrated cut from director Tim Miller will accompany the film's release on Blu-Ray and DVD later this year; though it's difficult to imagine exactly what material Marvel would have deemed inappropriate for cinemas, yet passable for later home release still under the studio's banner. Will the Director's Cut actually be hiding even more explicit material, or is this merely a marketing gimmick?
That said, Tim Miller has previously hinted at a scene that may qualify for the unrated cut. "There was a bar scene that was too vulgar for even the R-rated Deadpool," he told ComicBook.com. "That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. [Miller] and Ryan [Reynolds] 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.'"
One more thing to tease past Deadpool's cinematic release, which sees it hit UK theatres 10 February.
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