Hey, did you hear? Deadpool is getting his own movie! A Deadool movie! Isn’t that nuts?
It’s coming out on Feb. 12, 2016 and everything! There’s a lot of news and stuff that’s been coming out and it can be hard to keep track of it all. Luckily, you can check back at this page to get a pretty strong idea on what’s what.
Check out the (ahem) Superb Owl TV spot that arrived tonight.
Deadpool Movie Review
Here’s an excerpt from our spoiler free Deadpool review…
…we can tell you that Deadpool the movie has at least nailed both the tone of the comics and the ragged charm of the character himself. As Wade says himself early in the film (after a brilliant and hilarious opening credits sequence), he’s not a good guy; he’s a mercenary, a bad guy who gets rid of worse guys. But he’s fun to be around, he’s quick with the quips and the meta references, he breaks the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience (as he has done so famously with the readers of his comic books) and – as we find out when he meets the woman of his dreams, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin of Firefly and, more recently, Gotham) – he’s a romantic at heart.
The Latest News
Get your best look yet (if you dare) at Wade Wilson under that mask…— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 26, 2016
With X-Files mania sweeping the world (including this website), the Deadpool marketing team is looking for the truth, too. Check it out…— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) January 25, 2016— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) January 25, 2016
Deadpool Movie Rating
This is going to be PG-13, right?
You’d think so, wouldn’t you. Just like you’d think my shtick is wearing thin. The leaked screenplay was very over the line with foul language, violence, and sexy stuff. Granted, this means relying on curse words as jokes, which is lazy. Being that this is a comic book superhero from the X-Men corner of Marvel who’s lucky to even be getting a movie to begin with, cutting it down into PG-13 seemed like the best bet, even if the people behind the movie really wanted to push it into an R rating.
For some reason, the R-rating only became officially official now, with the MPAA citing “strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.”
This clip appeared in early April to announce the R rating.
And by early April, I mean April 1st. This movie’s going to be R-rated, so enjoy jokes about blowjobs and scenes of Deadpool horribly mutilating himself and others to fulfill his missions.
Deadpool Movie Trailers
Can I see some trailers and stuff?
Sure, here’s a Deadpool trailer.
What? Oh. Right.
Here’s the first RedBand as fuck version…
And the sanitized one…
Then there’s the second RedBand trailer…
And the less-dirty version.
Trailers are nice and all, but with the movie on its way, they’re kind of going to need TV spots. Without cussing and blood. So here’s one of those things.
There’s a new clip focusing on Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Watch it here…
Also, remember the test footage that made everyone go gaga?
Who is directing this?
That would be Tim Miller.
Oh. Is he any good?
Maybe? He’s only directed a couple short films over a decade ago. He did help out with the second Thor movie. That’s something.
Deadpool Movie Release Date
One more time, when does this hit theaters?
February 12, 2016. Go see it. It’s good for you.
With a Valentine’s Day weekend release, it’s only natural that the filmmakers would want to try and market a movie like this as a heart-warming tear-jerker, right? RIGHT?!?
Well, they tried.
Who is Deadpool?
Hello, and welcome to the internet. I’m sure this is a new and scary experience for you.
Introduced in New Mutants #98 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld in 1991, Wade Wilson – a thinly-veiled knockoff of Slade Wilson, AKA Deathstroke the Terminator from DC Comics – hit the scene. An amoral mercenary and nemesis of Cable and his X-Force team, Deadpool slowly grew in popularity over the years, culminating in his own comic series. He’s a black ops soldier who suffered from some serious and very terminal cancer, but Department H and Weapon X (the same guys who bedazzled Wolverine’s bones) offered to take care of that. They recreated Wolverine’s healing factor on him, which screwed him up both physically and mentally, but stopped him from dying.
Since then, Deadpool has become one of the world’s highest-paid guns for hire, although he’s secretly a pretty great guy with a sense of decency buried underneath his love for violence and breaking the fourth wall.
He’s also really gross-looking under the mask, enjoys talking about Mexican food, and has an unhealthy obsession with Dorothy from Golden Girls.
So is there any cool story about how this movie came to be?
Is there ever! My benevolent editor Mike Cecchini went into more detail here, but here’s the skinny: Once upon a time, Ryan Reynolds was in a movie called Blade: Trinity. It’s that movie where Wesley Snipes was so drugged up and hard to work with that they had to literally CGI him opening his eyes at one point.
Anyway, Ryan Reynolds played Hannibal King and his humor and style made a lot of people feel that he’d be a perfect cinematic Deadpool. Confused over what a Deadpool was, Reynolds did some research, realized that he loved the character, and championed the fan-casting.
He’d get his chance to play the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where we got to see him play a snarky Wade Wilson for a fun few minutes, then return during the climax as Weapon XI. 20th Century Fox, in their infinite wisdom, decided that Deadpool should be reimagined into a mouthless Baraka with laser eyes and teleportation. Suffice to say, they dropped the ball, and any possibility of Deadpool getting his own spinoff movie were deep-sixed.
But Deadpool is resilient against dying and real life can often imitate art. Ryan Reynolds wasn���t happy with movie Deadpool being anything but Deadpool and wanted another crack at it. Fox wasn’t having it. A year or so later, a screenplay written by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick was leaked to the internet, dated April of 2010. This got some viral appreciation from the internet masses, but not enough for Fox to go through with it.
Luckily, the potential project got enough of a foot in the door that they got to make a full CGI proof of concept clip. It gave an idea of how things would look, sound, and what the tone would be. Fox didn’t seem too enthused about it, so that too got leaked onto the internet. Even though Fox initially tried to take the clip down, they realized that the internet is the internet and containing something like that is like trying to hold steam in your hands. Many of the viewers had the same reaction:
“Holy shit! Why isn’t this movie being made?!”
Having received a viral explosion of interest, Fox relented and decided to give it a green light. Actually, scratch that. I shouldn’t mention green lights when discussing Ryan Reynolds movies. Too many bad memories.
So wait, is this a sequel to that Wolverine movie?
Deadpool Movie Characters
Cut the crap! Who’s in this movie?
We’re about to head into mild spoiler territory. You’ve been warned.
As we’ve gone over, Ryan Reynolds is returning as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. His love interest is Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, known in the comics as Copycat. The original script doesn’t have her get powers or anything, but that could have been added in a rewrite. TJ Miller is Weasel, Deadpool’s long-suffering weapons supplier. Leslie Uggams is going to be Wade’s blind and elderly roommate Blind Al, who is considerably less abused than she is in the comic.
Being that this takes place in the X-Men cinematic universe, we have Andre Tricoteux playing Piotr Resputin/Colossus (replacing Daniel Cudmore). He’s joined by Brianna Hildebrand as Ellie Phimister, codenamed Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Ellie is missing from the original screenplay and appears to be something of a teen sidekick for Deadpool. Incredibly obscure, Ellie appeared during Grant Morrison’s groundbreaking New X-Men run where she was killed almost immediately. Go figure. Speaking of characters missing from the original screenplay, Gina Carano plays Angel Dust, an equally obscure mutant character from a forgotten Morlocks miniseries.
You can’t have a superhero without a villain and we have Ed Skrein as Ajax. Ajax is a super-powered orderly and sadist at Weapon X who delights in torturing Wilson. In return, Wilson delights in referring to him as his real name “Francis” and getting under his skin. Using him as an antagonist here is for the best, since Ajax is easily Deadpool’s best rogue.
While their casting hasn’t been announced, other Deadpool/X-Men characters include Patch, Worm, Garrison Kane, Sluggo, and Wyre. The first two are allies of Deadpool while the other three are soldiers working for Ajax.
Deadpool Movie Pictures
Are there any movie posters?
SO MANY MOVIE POSTERS!
(No clue why the date is wrong)
Got any cool photos?
Sure. Why not?[gallery:0]
Is Deadpool 2 happening? They’re already planning a sequel, aren’t they. I can feel it.
Well, the folks at ScreenCrush have heard some rumblings that Deadpool 2 could take over the now vacated June 9th, 2017 release date that Fox had previously reserved for Fantastic Four 2.
That isn’t confirmed by any means, though. That sure would be a prime spot for an R-rated X-Men related (that rhymes) flick, though, wouldn’t it?
Okay, Deadpool seems pretty neat but the movie’s too far away. Any ideas on what Deadpool comics to read in the meantime?
I’m glad you asked. And by “you” I mean “me in the middle of the night while pumped up on 5 Hour Energy.” I have this handy guide to what Deadpool stories to read with enough on what stories to stay away from.
Coincidentally, I also have this list where I rank all of Deadpool’s comic writers from worst to best.
Other Deadpool Stuff
Everybody lately is waxing nostalgic for Hugh Jackman and his Wolverine alter-ego in the X-Men movie universe. And for good reason, Jackman has made it clear that 2017’s The Wolverine 3 will be his last performance as the character (though he may have a cameo in next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse). So of course leave it to Ryan Reynolds and his own Wade Wilson alias to let the air out of the hand-wringing. Tweeting his impression via Jackman’s own account, Reynolds is in his grisly Wade Wilson make-up and doing his best Deadpool-as-Jackman impersonation. See for yourself…— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 9, 2015
Gavin Jasper is sad to know that Taskmaster is part of the Avengers cinematic universe and can never meet his frenemy Deadpool on the silver screen. Perhaps in another lifetime. Perhaps… Follow Gavin on Twitter.