Constantly boiling on their backburners, Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller fought for years – alongside screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – to get their Deadpool movie made. Now, in the midst of reshoots in Vancouver, Reynolds and Miller took some time out to explore Marvel’s ‘Merc with a Mouth’, the “excessive” nature of the film, and Reynolds did a hilarious in-costume Hugh Jackman impression.
As production stills and teasers roll out, and new aspects of the hotly anticipated film are revealed, it’s clear that their take on Deadpool is shooting for a true-to-character representation. Reynolds and Miller’s version of the character, bolstered by an R-rating, heads to darker and sexier territories than comic book movie viewers are likely used to.
Of course, this isn’t the first comic book movie that Reynolds has been in, nor even the first time that he’s played Wade Wilson. Deadpool’s initial appearance in X-Men: Origins Wolverine ramped up the controversy over the beloved character, as well as the buzz. It wasn’t until some test footage showing Deadpool beating up a car full of bad guys was leaked that the fans really got excited about the long-delayed production. Speaking in an interview with Collider, Reynolds said that he had a lot of fun making a comic book movie that wasn’t exactly family friendly.
“Every comic book movie I go to nobody f—ing dies! We get an opportunity to do this in a way that follows all the scripture that Deadpool’s laid out, which is fourth-wall breaking, that kind of mercenary sensibility and humor and then we also have this opportunity, which is very rare in this world, to do something that’s not necessarily for just kids. There’s some pretty racy, pretty hyper-violent things that happen in this movie and it’s been a lot of fun to shoot.”
Interviews and clips all display the same ribald wit which shows up in Reynold’s amusing portrayal of Hugh Jackman, seeking People’s Sexiest Man award while wearing Deadpool’s gnarled makeup.
Moments like this also allude to the comic books’ offbeat sense of humor which the pair sought for the film. These snippets also explain what attracted Reynolds to the character. According to Miller, “His humor is the same as Deadpool. He’s just as immature on a daily basis as Deadpool is in the film… He’s so nasty.”
Deadpool himself is fairly unique within the Marvel universe, bringing a gritty darkness and postmodern sense of irony that many other Marvel storylines shy away from. So far, amusing promos like as Deadpool’s Burt Reynolds-inspired lounge by the fireplace demonstrate that the cast and crew are channeling the spirit of the character. Within the next few weeks, other images from the wacky photo shoot will begin to trickle out, revealing more of the offbeat antics and sexualized nature of Deadpool, which Reynolds promised is representative of what will be in the movie.
“There is some sexuality in this movie for sure…You have moments when you’re shooting where you think, ‘This is, uh, a little excessive. This is a comic book movie. Are we gonna get away with this?’ But so far so good. Studio hasn’t crushed us with anything.”
The film’s dark moments and sexuality promise a fresh take on the often understandably tame Marvel film world. Between the trailer, the amusing hooks, and the host of obscure and possible crossover characters – such as shapeshifting (in the comic book, at least) girlfriend Vanessa, Russian man-hulk Colossus, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead – Miller’s Deadpool adaption is carving an impressive niche out of Marvel’s comic book universe.
Nonetheless, with an obsessive fan base, and the woes of the Green Lantern still lingering on the breeze, it may take more than a few moments of whimsy and an impressive trailer or two to sway nonbelievers.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.