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The superhero genre needs ‘Deadpool’

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In a cinematic world filled an overabundance of superheroes, “Deadpool” opened last weekend to one of the biggest box office openings in history for an R-rated film in February. “Deadpool” is exactly what the genre needs as it breathes new life into the comic book realm. 

Ever since “Spiderman” was released in 2002, Hollywood has found out how much money can be made from PG-13 superhero films.  To make the movies more friendly for the teen crowd, Wolverine has never cut someone in half and Ironman’s blasts only knock bad guys out. 

In the past decade, franchises have become a business model with Marvel, Sony and Fox Studios taking over Hollywood. With hit after hit of franchises like “X-Men,” “Ironman,” “Avengers,” “Captain America” and “Thor” — there seems to be no end in sight. 

But now, even the biggest fan can see there are just too many superhero movies. Last year, “Fantastic Four” was the biggest financial flop of the year. The year’s biggest superhero film, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was a huge financial success, but its numbers could not compare to the 2012 original. Although the results are still out, the superhero genre may be on the decline. One reason for this: the PG-13 rating. 

What does this have to do with “Deadpool?” As more superhero films pour onto screens, “Deadpool” burst through the PG-13 barrier. This film is a breath of fresh air. “Deadpool’s” graphic nudity, drug references, language and grotesque violence is shocking enough, but more importantly, the film is self-aware.

The “Deadpool” movie is exactly like the comic book counterpart. Deadpool in the comics is not a good guy, but murders those much more sadistic than himself. Regularly, he talks directly to the reader and explains why the comic book writer can’t kill him off. That gives him a relationship with the reader. In this film, it is much the same.

Audiences will not expect to see what is in store for them in the “Deadpool” film. Chunks of skull and blood splatter across the screen while Deadpool makes fun of the situations. This is cinematic gold, makes superhero films more relavent and is why “Deadpool” needs to be supported in theaters. 

Rated R films mean heroes can be all they can be. Sure, films like “Superman” should never be rated R, but heroes like Luke Cage and Daredevil deserve a proper mature rating because that is how their characters are portrayed in comics. 

What about Wolverine? How about Fox Studios making a film where audiences see how devastating his claws can be. This film would be more “Saving Private Ryan” than “Avengers.”

Speaking of “Avengers,” what about Black Widow? She is the world’s deadliest assassin and spy, who is forced to use stun guns to subdue the bad guys. In the comics, she has uses guns and knives to fulfill her missions. The R-rated hero film could open doors and keep the genre rejuvenated by shock value alone.  

Overall, this film is definitely worth a watch, although it is not for the faint of heart. This is a faithful telling of the Marvel comic book character and hopefully the beginning to new mature-themed films in the future. 

5 out of 5 stars

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