There's no question that there are an incredible amount of highly anticipated films based off of comic books being released over the next few years. One of the most interesting upcoming projects is the long-awaited Deadpool, a new installment in the popular X-Men franchise that focuses of the merc with a mouth, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). The character is a fan favorite, but the project had difficulty getting off the ground, until it finally went into development at 20th Century Fox with Tim Miller signed on to direct.
Much is already known about the film since in 2010 the script was leaked, and later in 2014 the test footage was also leaked to the public, something that ultimately led to Fox finally giving Deadpool the green light. With the finished product nearly in theaters we now have more information about Miller's pitch, and his take on Deadpool as a hero.
During the Bootleg Universe Pitch Show (video above) Miller gives us a closer look at how he made Deadpool, and explains just how hard his team worked to capture and maintain the qualities that made Deadpool so beloved by fans. Miller begins with the character as a whole and his signature attitude:
"In Batman you have this taciturn stoic guy who speaks in monosyllabic short sentences, and it's not that interesting. But Deadpool is running at the mouth the whole time you almost don't need to see his face because he's telling you how he feels constantly."
The film serves as an origin story and Miller was conscientious about wanting to treat Wilson like a normal person, and explore how they would react if they received powers. Miller quotes Reynolds as calling Deadpool "a deeply troubled character caught in a shame spiral." Elaborating, Miller breaks down how the superhero came to be:
"We come into Wade Wilson before he becomes Deadpool. All the ingredients are in place but they haven't been mixed. We wrote the story in such a way that we get a really great introduction to Ryan [Wade Wilson] and what he cares about, and why he does this. Why he becomes Deadpool before he becomes Deadpool. I haven't seen this narrative structure in any other film but I think it's clear and you don't lose the audience."
On using visual effects to his advantage, and standing apart from all of the other superhero movies:
"The original plan was for it to be an R-rated movie which means you know it can't have a giant budget that some of the other films did. So I knew we would have to be clever about it. Coming from a visual effects background I'm not afraid to use it, I'm not afraid to have visual effects play a major role and be up front and center. We would do a lot of visual effects to enable us to get that big budget feel, but still contain things.
I always feel like it looks false, currently in a lot of superhero movies. You can see the wires and it kind of pulls me out of it. That's not how they would move."
The entire interview is fascinating, going into detail about not only making the movie itself, but also watching Deadpool develop into a hero, and touching on his relationship to Wolverine and the Punisher. We still have a few months before we can decide for ourselves if Miller and Reynolds did the character justice, but based off of the look of the trailers and Millers clear passion and respect for the character, this might just be the film fans have waited so long for.
Deadpool opens on February 12th, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016; Gambit on October 7th, 2016; Wolverine on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
Source: The Bootleg Universe Pitch Show