Twentieth Century Fox's Deadpool movie was in development for so long that it's strange to think it will be hitting theaters in just over seven months. Though it will apparently disregard the version of the character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool will once again star Ryan Reynolds in the title role as Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool, a mercenary who gains special abilities, horrible disfigurements and a dose of insanity after going through the experimental Weapon X program.
The feature directorial debut of visual effects expert Tim Miller, Deadpool was scripted by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) and will be the first R rated Marvel Comics-based movie from Fox. The character is notoriously badly-behaved, not just in terms of his lack of moral compass and love of violence, but also due to his lack of respect for the fourth wall. The test footage for the movie certainly reflected this, with Deadpool repeatedly addressing the audience as he lay waste to a band of bad guys.
"Deadpool is a hard R," producer Simon Kinberg asserts in a new interview with EW. "It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t." This may make Deadpool less accessible for the younger audiences that flock to see the latest X-Men releases, but there's definitely an adult audience that will be interested in a more 'mature' comic book movie. Deadpool's chances of box office success are helped by the fact that its production budget was considerably less than that of the average X-Men movie.
The X-Men movie canon is a bit wobbly at the best of times, but will fans need to watch Deadpool in order to stay on track with everything else that's going on in the universe? Not according to Miller, who explains that Deadpool is set "in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny X-Men world."
To highlight Deadpool's gritty, bloody world, check out a new official still from the movie's action-packed bridge sequence.
Unlike the test footage, which was created using motion capture, Deadpool will for the most part feature Reynolds (or his stunt double) wearing the actual suit. Set photos have shown that Reynolds wore motion capture dots around the eye area of his mask for some scenes, indicating that visual effects will be used to enhance Deadpool's expressions (it's a little difficult to emote through a mask).
Principal photography concluded several weeks ago, and since there's been no official footage from the movie yet we're hoping that Fox will unveil something at Comic-Con this month. In light of the fan support for this movie, it would be sure to get a great reaction.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.