The dark side of Deadpool means it won’t be getting a Chinese release, reports say

The world's second largest film market will be missing out on the latest Marvel adaptation.

Deadpool, the latest movie from the Marvel universe, is set to be denied a release in China, reports say.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the film’s Chinese ban is due to nudity, bad language, and violence, and points out that these aspects would usually simply be edited out in the Chinese market. It’s thought such editing would compromise the plot too much in the case of Deadpool, however, with the movie believed to be amongst the darkest mainstream comic book adaptations to date.

The Tim Miller directed film stars Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin, and is based on the story of former special forces operative Wade Wilson, who has accelerated healing powers. The ‘twelve days of Deadpool’ campaign over Christmas unveiled details of the movie, culminating in the release of a new (second) trailer on Christmas Day.

Watch the second trailer for the Marvel movie, which is due out in the UK on February 10, via YouTube, below:

As was widely expected, the movie has been rated ‘R’ in the US.

R stands for “restricted”, meaning anyone under the age of 17 will only be admitted to a screening if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. It is roughly equivalent to an 18 rating in the UK.

The film’s official plot synopsis teases: “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 humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”