With great power comes great irresponsibility
The trailer is finally out and don’t mistake him for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Its a surprise this movie even exists after having gone through development hell and back. Following Deadpool’s appearance in 2009’s critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, a Deadpool spin-off with Ryan Reynolds reprising the role was in consideration. The internet was buzzing as Reynolds (a fan favorite) was to help undo the damage Fox had done to the sarcastic “merc with a mouth” Marvel antihero.
By 2014, the anticipation had died down and a Deadpool film seemed unlikely. The X-Men franchise had reinvented itself thanks to First Class, The Wolverine, and Days of Future Past. Even if a Deadpool film was in the works, would Fox ever green-light the ‘R-rated’ comic book film that it deserves? On July 28, 2014, a 2012 test footage was leaked featuring Ryan Reynolds and motion capture with a CGI overlay. Fan reaction was overwhelmingly positive and two months later the film was announced.
So now Ryan Reynolds is set to officially play the wisecracking, regenerative, mercenary but will this movie and version of Deadpool be any good? If the trailer is any indication of the tone and direction we can expect to see then the answer is “abso-fucking-lutely”. Deadpool looks like it going to have all the right ingredients for a faithful adaptation. Its profane, extremely violent, self-aware, and most importantly not taking itself too seriously. The trailer nails all those points effortlessly while still taking a light jab at DC’s Green Lantern, a role Reynolds filled as well.
It’s hard not to love an antihero with a sense of humor, dropping sexual innuendo from time to time. Deadpool is self-referential, well versed in trivial pop-culture, and breaks the fourth wall all while kicking ass. One of the most underappreciated details I believed they nailed is the mask. Deadpool is humorous and although his entire face is covered by a mask he is one of the most expressive comic book characters out there. With the use of CGI, they have managed to get the mask and the “white eyes” to reflect the range of expressions made by our trigger-happy merc.
The trailer showcases an awesome scene of Deadpool sitting on top of a bridge with a portable radio, singing along to Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop” right before a well choreographed action sequence kicks in. The raunchy comedy and over the top violence seems to pair up well together. The only downside is that we’re going to have to wait another year for this. The ‘R-rated’ Tim Miller directed film is set to release on February 12, 2016. Check out the trailer below!
Eric Lemaire Jr.