Deadpool has just been delivered its first sizeable hit. As fanboys worldwide ramp up the anticipation for the Ryan Reynolds-starring anti-superhero film, China’s censors have remained distinctly unenthused – and have thus decided not to release the film.
According to widespread local media reports, Deadpool, which was produced by 20th Century Fox and based on the Marvel comic book character, has been denied permission to screen in China due to its violence, nudity and graphic language.
Although the country usually edits R-rated films under its censorship laws, apparently in the case of Deadpool, cutting it would compromise plot points.
It’s a blow too FOX as most comicbook/sci-fi movies enjoy great success with previous films in China, like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. The lack of Chinese market will hurt the movie’s overall box-office.
Deadpool co-stars T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin and Brianna Hildebrand. It tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool.
Deadpool will definitely be released in the UK on February 10 and US on February 12.