The wait is finally over. Fox has announced that the offbeat Marvel hero, Deadpool, will come to the big screen with Ryan Reynolds returning to the character. Deadpool first appeared on screen in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and now he is getting his own movie, set to be released on Feb. 12, 2016. The series itself calls for an R-rating, which is unheard of for superhero movies, but despite this (and probably with the help of Days of Future Past’s huge success), Fox has signed onto the project. Fans can only hope to receive the vulgar-yet-likable “Merc with a mouth” they grew to love from his comics.
Deadpool has rarely been touched outside the comic world. This may be because he is still a relatively young character compared to the blockbuster heroes portrayed in movies thus far, or maybe it is just because of his inappropriate commentary. However, he has become a cult icon since he first appeared in a 1991 issue of New Mutants, an X-Men spinoff. His personality eventually got him his own comic, as well as a number of appearances and affiliations. Despite fading comic book sales, Deadpool has remained a top seller for decades.
Like Wolverine, Deadpool has superhuman healing abilities. This allows him to regenerate any lost tissue or brain cells, a power he scored from the Weapon X program (which is nerd talk for ‘he gained it in a government genetic research program’). This caused the cancer he was suffering from to accelerate rapidly and cover his whole body – rendering him deformed. His abilities have helped him to be resurrected from death on multiple occasions, most of which were caused by his inability to shut up.
What makes Deadpool such an interesting character is his pure insanity, which he had even before gaining superpowers. He is considered an anti-hero – acting in heroic ways without the usual superhero qualities such as morality or idealism. He is a mercenary who first appeared as a villain, but over time, it became more apparent that he just does things for himself, without a care of what anyone thinks. He often antagonizes and criticizes other superheroes, while still being willing to put his life on the line for what is right.
The film will be the directorial debut for Tim Miller, who is best known for his visual effects work on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick of 2009’s Zombieland have secured the script, which gathered popularity in the dark corners of the Internet before eventually coming to the table. The film calls for a dark comedic approach which both writers are well versed in. The film is set to come out three months before X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment in the X-Men franchise, soon to be followed by the next Wolverine movie. Fox also announced with the news that the Fantastic Four movie will be coming in August of 2015, and that the previously planned Assassin’s Creed movie is off the bill, disappointing many fans of the popular game series.
Deadpool lovers can only hope the movie does not disappoint. With Ryan Reynold’s comedic skill properly placed, it is already chalked up to be his best superhero movie yet with little competition. After a long brawl in development limbo, Deadpool is ready to face a major audience, coming to life in this live-action on Feb. 12, 2016.
By Morgan Louchen