It's been over 2 years since Deadpool hit the big screens all over the world, but it will finally get a premiere in China at the end of next month during the Beijing Film Festival. The R-rated comic book movie was a surprise hit, which earned over $700 million worldwide upon its release in 2016. However, China has never played the movie and never gave a reason for why it never got on to the big screen over there. Deadpool will premiere in China a few weeks before the sequel is released.
The Beijing Film Festival takes place April 15th to the 22nd and Chinese audiences will finally be able to see Deadpool on the big screen during that week-long period. Though China never gave a reason for never playing the movie, "many in the industry concluded that the film was too sexy and too subversive for the regulators' definition of mainstream acceptability," according to Variety. This makes sense, but why is Deadpool being allowed to be screened now? Some believe that the movie might be censored, but sources close to Fox say that the movie will be the original version.
According to the Variety report, China "has no film rating system and requires all films to be suitable for audiences of all ages." Deadpool does not fit into that category at all, so it makes sense that the movie never got a proper theatrical debut. It isn't clear if the sequel will get a premiere, but it seems doubtful at this time. The Merc with a Mouth isn't exactly family material by any means, so it's surprising that the movie is getting a premiere at all, even 2 years after the original release.
As for Deadpool 2, the production recently wrapped some reshoots in Vancouver, Canada after rumors of test screenings asking for more of Josh Brolin's Cable and Zazie Beetz's Domino. Deadpool 2's test screening rumors have not been good for the highly anticipated sequel, but many sources close to the project believe that the rumors are untrue and claim that the test screenings were actually really positive after the initial test back in January. Whatever the case may be, fans are still very excited to see Wade Wilson back on the big screen in what's gearing up to be a blockbuster summer with the release of Infinity War, which also stars Josh Brolin, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
In addition to Deadpool, the Beijing Film Festival will also screen the black and white version of Logan along with the first two X-Men movies. Even with the violence, Logan received a proper Chinese theatrical release and made over $100 million at the box office. The Beijing Film Festival calls the movies that screen that week, "outstanding, classic, and rarely seen films," which should be a hit with Chinese moviegoers.