By DAVE MCNARY

Chinese censors have denied permission for Deadpool to screen in the world’s second-largest movie market due to violence, nudity and graphic language, according to local media reports.

Fox’s R-rated movie, based on the Marvel comicbook character, is set to open Feb 12 in the US and in many major international markets including Australia, France, Germany, Russia and Britain. In Malaysia, Deadpool is set to open on Feb 11.

Representatives for Fox and Marvel had no comment when the announcement was made on Jan 18.

Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is starring. Tim Miller directed the superhero film from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand also star.

Deadpool, the talkative mercenary character is also known as Wade Wilson and was created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza. He first appeared in print in 1991.

The movie’s origin story centres on Wilson being subjected to a rogue experiment in an effort to cure his cancer. The experiment leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, a dark sense of humour and an unstable mind – leading to Wilson trying to hunt down the man who botched the experiment. – Reuters