Ryan Reynolds Praises Disney's Bold Move with 'Deadpool & Wolverine' R Rating

As anticipation builds for the debut of "Deadpool & Wolverine," Ryan Reynolds has lauded Disney for its surprising decision to release the film with an R rating

by Sededin Dedovic
Ryan Reynolds Praises Disney's Bold Move with 'Deadpool & Wolverine' R Rating
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As the public and the film industry eagerly await the debut of "Deadpool & Wolverine," Ryan Reynolds has spoken out about the film's age rating. Reynolds, who plays a character known for his dark humor and profanity in the superhero series that Disney inherited from 20th Century Fox, praised Disney for taking a risk with the R rating.

Speaking about it in an interview with Fandango, Reynolds said: "I was really surprised that they let us go hard R, but I'm also grateful. I mean, there would be no other way to do it. For this character, for this world, especially after ' Logan also had an R rating.

, it was the most authentic version of Wolverine and Logan we've ever seen. It gave us a lot of freedom to do anything and everything in a world where anything and everything is possible." Unlike the former Fox studio, which occasionally released films with a mature audience rating, Disney has traditionally adhered to a PG-13 ceiling for its MCU films in order to reach the widest possible audience.

In the past, Disney distributed films for mature audiences through Touchstone Pictures, but that subsidiary was shut down a few years ago, and the main studio's policy didn't change significantly until relatively recently.

This shift comes with Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, whose catalog includes hundreds of films and established franchises that would be difficult to fit into Disney's usual mold. In fact, in the period following the Fox acquisition, there was speculation about the fate of the films in development that Disney acquired from Fox.

For "Deadpool & Wolverine" in particular, Disney is bringing the film to theaters under its own name and not under the 20th Century Studios banner as one might expect. This shift was driven in part by the success of previous R-rated superhero films such as "Logan" and the original "Deadpool" films, which showed that there was a sizable audience for adult-oriented superhero stories.