It was announced yesterday that FOX has set a date (02/12/2016) for a major motion picture featuring Wade “the Merc with a Mouth” Wilson, or better know to most as Deadpool.
The main reason that FOX finally decided to pull the trigger on this is because of the Deadpool film test footage that was released to positive reaction from fans. If you haven’t seen it, here it is.
The last, and only other, time we saw Deadpool on screen was when he wasn’t really Deadpool at all. Ryan Reynolds played Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine where (SPOILER ALERT! You know, in case you haven’t seen a movie that’s been out for 6 years…) he was thought by Logan to have been killed but ended up becoming the Weapon 11 of William Stryker’s Weapon X program. He is referred to as “Deadpool” in the film, but only in the sense that they “pooled” a bunch of other mutant’s abilities into him to give him the powers he has. Let me make this very clear to those of you who saw that film but do not know anything about the character’s comic book origins and legacy… THAT WAS NOT DEADPOOL. That was an abomination being passed off to us as Deadpool. Don’t get me wrong, I actually LOVE Ryan Reynolds as Wade. But then again, I love Ryan Reynolds in everything he does. I feel like he’s never the reason one of his movies is bad. Blade: Trinity, Green Lantern, R.I.P.D., the aforementioned X-Men Origins even… he’s still great in all of them, even if they are critically panned films. I genuinely hope that he comes back to the role because I cannot think of anyone who could do it better. (Also, my wife loves Ryan Reynolds, and since they’re scheduling this release 2 days before Valentine’s Day, I’m more likely to get to see it that weekend.)
But let’s talk about that release date I just parenthetically mentioned… Just because a date is set, and a screenwriter might be on board, and perhaps a director is attached, doesn’t mean a lot by Hollywood standards. There are still a million things that could go wrong. However, one thing I noticed, is that Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, is listed as a producer on the project. This is especially interesting since he hasn’t produced on an X-Men film since X-Men: The Last Stand, and he’s only been a producer on two non-Marvel-Studios Marvel films (2008’s Punisher: War Zone, which is massively underrated, and 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man) since the first Iron Man film came out in 2008. Feige’s involvement may reflect FOX’s desire to elevate their approach and execution to the comic-film genre. I will say, they have gotten much better with James Mangold’s The Wolverine in 2013, and this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hopefully they’re looking to bring in Feige because, while I have been critical of some of his decisions in the past, he’s done amazing work at Marvels Studios, helping evolve their format and structure.
The main thing that could hurt a Deadpool movie… is Deadpool. See, Deadpool always wears a mask. Like, ALWAYS. There are occasions where he takes is off, but it’s not pretty. For those of you who don’t know, this is what Wade Wilson really looks like…
See, when Wade was experimented on in the Weapon X program, he was dying of cancer, tumors specifically, and the “artificial” healing abilities he was given amplified the cancer and left him covered in very unsightly scar tissue. In the comics it literally makes people vomit.
So basically what you’re looking at having here, is a WHOLE movie of a guy in a mask, or a movie that is half a guy in a mask and half a guy with a face so gruesome that people can’t hardly look at him. All I’m saying is, they have to execute this the right way so that the Deadpool-uninitiated masses will want to watch it. I’ll see it no matter what it is, but some people are gonna need more convincing than others. But hey, a movie with a giant tree monster and a talking raccoon just became the biggest film of the year so I don’t think ANYTHING is impossible anymore.