The world’s most irreverent superhero — aka Deadpool, aka Ryan Reynolds — could soon be the newest Christmas tradition.
If you thought Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Aquaman would be enough to quench your superhero appetite this December, you might want to reconsider. We can’t forget that the Merc With a Mouth is returning to the big screen, this time with a PG-13 cut of this summer’s Deadpool 2, starring Reynolds and directed by David Leitch. The writers of the movie, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. recently spoke to Slashfilm, and revealed that new scenes were filmed for the not-quite-as-adult cut.
“We definitely shot new stuff,” Wernick said. “And recently too. After Deadpool 2 came out and we were all sitting around, we came to it less about the idea of let’s make a PG-13 movie and more, ‘Let’s talk a little bit about Deadpool.’ We were kicking around some ideas and then I think it was Ryan who had the great framing device and we all got excited and went to the studio. They said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. Fire up the cameras.’ We were out on soundstages shooting again. Ryan was in the suit and the gang was back together, Dave Leitch and Ryan and us having a great time and laughing. It comes together great so we’re super excited about it.”
So far, all we know for sure is that Reynolds (Deadpool) was back in costume two months ago when filming took place. When asked who was joining him on screen, the writers replied with a short and sweet, “We can’t say.”
However, they did stress that even with the PG-13 rating, this is not just a “kiddie version” of Deadpool, and adults can still enjoy it even after seeing the R-rated cut. “I think it’s not only going to appeal to kids but also to people who love Deadpool," Wernick said. "I think it’s subversive enough and fun and creative and something that only Deadpool could do. So, I think it’s going to be a real joy not only [to] a whole new audience but also an audience that has seen and loved the Deadpool movies.”
The writers also made sure to note that even with new scenes, it does not change the story to the original film, “No, not really, not appreciably,” replied Reese.
Which means if you are looking for an entirely new Deadpool experience, you may be out of luck. But if you’re looking for a different way to experience Reynold’s “baby” as it were, then this will fulfill any completion tendencies you might have.
The PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 opens in theaters Dec. 21.