Between the big Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer reveal from Warner Bros. and the first teaser trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, the Hall H experience at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has been pretty rewarding for fans who managed to grab a seat. One of the biggest audience reactions came during the Twentieth Century Fox panel, when director Tim Miller and actor Ryan Reynolds, along with several other cast members, took to the stage to prevent the very first trailer for Deadpool.
It took a lot of persuading - and support from fans - before Fox finally agreed to let Miller and Reynolds make their R rated comic book movie, so those same fans were understandably thrilled to get the first look at the results of that victory. For those who weren't in attendance at Comic-Con this year, but who are desperately waiting to see Deadpool on the big screen, we have some good news and some bad news.
Reynolds took to Twitter to explain to Deadpool fans who are eager to see the Hall H footage that it's simply not polished enough for public consumption. That's the bad news. The good news is that there will be a trailer of some sort available online within the next three weeks.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 12, 2015
While it might be frustrating to not see first hand what was shown in Hall H, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Any trailer that gets uploaded online will be scrutinized to death, so it makes sense that the filmmakers wouldn't want the footage to be made publicly available until it looks as good as it will in the final version of the film. It's also not uncommon for trailers shown at Comic-Con to be kept as Comic-Con exclusives, since it's a good incentive for people to keep buying tickets every year.
Deadpool was scripted by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) and also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand. It's set for a February 2016 release and has finished filming, so it makes sense that a trailer would be released pretty soon.
The Deadpool footage shown at Comic-Con may have pleased die-hard fans, but the next challenge for the movie will be appealing to a wider audience who may not have heard of the character before. If Fox's marketing succeeds, this could lead to renewed studio confidence in R rated comic book movies.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, 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.