X-Men movie fans have had to be patient in recent years - what with FOX pushing out poorly-conceived flicks like X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolverine after the success of Bryan Singer's two X-Men films (and before Matthew Vaughn's saved the franchise with his prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class). That's not to mention the perennial wait for Deadpool, a movie that has been dangled above the heads of all those X-fans who have been hoping for nothing more than a chance to see Marvel's Merc with a mouth (dis)grace the big screen.
The Deadpool movie has been crawling through development for several years now; to date it has secured X-Men movie visual artist Tim Miller as a director, an R-rated script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and the continued interest of leading man Ryan Reynolds, who has been angling for the part of Deadpool for some time now.
The Deadpool comic book character was first created by acclaimed writer/artist Rob Liefeld in 1991; ever since the Deadpool movie started gaining traction, Liefeld has (understandably) been about and about spreading the gospel of Deadpool wherever he can - which includes the recent Arizona Comic-Con, where Liefeld (sort of) claimed to have seen test footage from the Deadpool movie:
They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated.
They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you, it’s close. It’s closer than it’s ever been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated Deadpool movie.
Safe to say that if Liefeld hasn't in fact seen a real snippet of test footage from the Deadpool movie, then he's a gigantic four-letter word for getting fans' hopes up in this manner. More than likely though, he has seen the footage, which is good, but truthfully speaking, there's still a lot of reason for worry.
While hearing the words 'test footage' may cause some to jump to the conclusion that Fox is moving forward on Deadpool, it's important to consider the larger context of what Liefeld said. By his own quasi-admission, Liefeld has indicated that Fox is still on the fence about the proposition of an R-rated comic book movie based on what the larger moviegoing public would consider an obscure character.
Similar cinematic examples (namely Watchmen in 2009 and Kick-Ass in 2010) ended up faring only moderately well at the box office, and in light of the underperformance of Warner Bros.' Green Lantern, second-tier superhero flicks are definitely NOT being viewed in the same light of potential that they may have been a year or two ago. Deadpool's fate is still uncertain, I say all that to say.
Still, there are many, many, fans of the character who are going to keep pushing for this project to happen. Hopefully we'll hear a decision on Deadpool (one way or another) in the near future.
Source: Bleeding Cool
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