Ryan Reynolds’ upcoming comic book blockbuster Deadpool has been banned from release in China due to its violence.

The latest Marvel movie adaptation, about an unconventional anti-hero with accelerated healing powers, was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) last week for “strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity”.

Chinese censors have taken issue with the violence, nudity and strong language and denied the film a cinema release.

Film studios executives usually work with censors in the world’s second-largest movie market on cuts to achieve a release, but removal of the offending footage would cause plot problems, according to editors of The Hollywood Reporter.

Deadpool is released in the U.S. on 12 February, and the R rating means teenagers aged under 17 need to be accompanied by an adult.  

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