This winter hosts no shortage of highly anticipated upcoming films. A wide array of genres will be finding their way to the box-office, bringing some of the biggest names in Hollywood front and centre.
Of course the box-office monster in all of this is going to be Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, but along with that there will be new offerings from Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant), David O. Russell (Joy) and Ben Stiller (Zoolander 2). There’s definitely no shortage of entertainment planned at the cinema as the year culminates and a new one begins.
20th Century Fox's Deadpool has the distinct honor of also being among the big winter releases, as well as being the first superhero movie released in 2016 – kicking off a superhero season that will be filled to the hilt with heavy hitters, including Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. If the current hype is anything to go by, though, the much discussed story of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) - the former special forces operative turned psychotic mercenary with enhanced healing powers - is likely to be a blood spattered fan favourite in 2016, all the same.
On that note, you should check out the new international Deadpool poster released by Fox, showing Mr. Wilson at his sauciest:
There’s nothing else on display in this latest poster other than Deadpool himself, very much leaving fans to long for something more substantial from their hammy hero. Fortunately, in a recent interview with Collider, Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg assured fans that what they’ll be experiencing come February will be something altogether new.
"It’s radical. It’s radical in tone, it’s radical in form, it’s radical in the level of violence. It’s just a different movie, not just from other comic book movies but I think from any other action movie that’s out there right now."
While Kinberg stated that a new trailer is to be released this month, he also praised Reynolds for his genuine perfection and overall commitment to the role of Wade Wilson:
"I’ve worked on a lot of movies, comic book any otherwise, and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an actor as perfectly suited to a part as Ryan is to Deadpool. It’s just something that comes so naturally to him. It’s one of the reasons why he creates so many of those viral pieces, because I think he has so much fun being Deadpool that he’s Deadpool on and off set."
It’s great to see how passionate both Kinberg and Reynolds are about the movie, as this can often translate to a solid experience for everyone. From a box-office perspective however, Deadpool does have its work cut out for it. It will be limited by its R Rating and the aforementioned tentpoles that will be in theaters at the same time. Still, even if Deadpool doesn't break any box office records, it could make enough to cover its leaner production cost - and if everything Kinberg says holds true, also keep its broad fanbase entertained at the same time.
Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.