2016's Zootopia set a new March record for animated movies when it opened to a $75 million haul, Walt Disney Animation's biggest opening ever at the time. The film wound up scoring an incredible 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, where critics lauded it for its sumptuous animation and inclusive message. However, Zootopia's message was delivered in a far blunter fashion when it was first conceived.
The film we saw in cinemas was a thoughtful commentary on racial profiling, with Zootopia's minority predator population discriminated against by the fearful prey, despite their efforts to live harmoniously. The original script, in which cynical fox Nick was the protagonist, not idealistic bunny cop Judy, contained something called "taming parties" in which predatory animals were fitted with collars that shocked them whenever they had a carnivorous thought. Co-director Byron Howard explained during his blu-ray commentary:
"It stuck around a very, very long time because we found it emotionally compelling."
Compelling it may have been, but upon reflection, Disney decided the shock collars struck the wrong chord.
2016's Deadpool definitively proved once and for all that there's a market for R-rated superhero films. Described as "gleefully profane" by Rotten Tomatoes, the Ryan Reynolds-led flick made over $780 million at the worldwide box office, with audiences going nuts for its no-holds-barred take on the genre. There were some lines that they wouldn't cross, however, as Tim Miller revealed at an early screening:
"In particular, there was a bar scene that was too vulgar for even the R-rated Deadpool. T.J. [Miller] and Ryan [Reynolds] got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, 'Oh my God, this is too far.' I mean there were so many people offended...It was just mean and so I said, 'No. We don't have to do that.'"
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Killing baby Hitler in Deadpool 2 | 4:32
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The Devils’ multiple wild scenes | 7:45
The "Insane" deleted Joker scene | 8:55
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