Ryan Reynolds-starrer Deadpool has been banned from screening in China.
While the anti-hero movie got an impressive reception at Comic Con last year, it didn’t receive a similar reception from Chinese censors. Being the world’s second largest movie market, it is a given that any movie that wants to do good overall has to do good in China. However, according to local media reports, the movie has been denied permission from screening in China due to its nudity, violence and language.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, censorship officials in China and Hollywood studios often work together to tone down movies that are R-rated, but sources close to 20th Century FOX/Marvel Studios said cutting down Deadpool would have created story problems and difficulties with the plotline. There is no movie ratings system in China, and therefore the official media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), decides upon watching a movie whether it is fit to be released.
A.V. Club notes that China is expected to become the world’s largest film market by 2017.
“Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”
Other than Reynolds starring as Deadpool, the movie – opening in theaters on February 12, 2016 – features Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Morena Baccarin as Copycat, T.J. Miller as Weasel, and Brianna Hildebrand.