Obviously there's been a lot of talk about Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, and the film that Fox has had "in development" since 2010, and I'm finally going to put my opinions into that universe. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of [Deadpool](movie:38663), but that's certainly not saying that I don't like him.
I'll tell you what has me very troubled though because it can either go really good or horribly wrong...Deadpool doesn't have a concrete history. When I say that, I mean that his origins have never officially been stated, just like the Joker. Deadpool physically cannot remember his past because of his deteriorated mental condition and instability. His origin stories have gone all the way from one of his enemies, T-Ray, claiming that Deadpool stole his identity and that T-Ray was the real Wade Wilson to Loki claiming that he is Deadpool's biological father. There's not exactly a lot of credibility in what people can say did or didn't happen. His only positive background is that he's Canadian (like Wolverine) and joined the Weapon X program after being kicked out of the U.S. Special Forces.
That being said, I hated Deadpool's portrayal in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as much as the next guy, but I'm really happy that Ryan Reynolds is still enthusiastic about doing it. I wish he would return as the Green Lantern too, but that's a whole different story to talk about, because he fits them both so well. Anyway, I've broken down what I think would be a great way to approach his own feature film into two main components.
1. Show His Origin
For those of you paying attention, yes, I did just say that he has no official origin, so what I'm referring to is how he loses his sanity, gains his healing factor, and becomes disfigured. Luckily for the writers of the film, they can eliminate all of those in one fell swoop in the first half hour to forty minutes: the Weapon X program.
When Wilson joined the Weapon X program, he had cancerous tumors that were killing him, so they artificially gave him the power to heal, almost like Wolverine's except his was a mutant ability. Wilson was able to regenerate at a super-human rate, and became immune to disease, but an unexpected side effect from the artificial power? His tumors immediately became so advanced that, before his body could heal them, massive scar tissue made him severely deformed, leading to his need to wear a mask all of the time.
The deformity stretched beyond physical, and it also caused his mental instability and damaged psyche. The benefits of his healing factor are that he can survive just about anything, even to the point of re-growing his head after being smashed by the Hulk. Also, just like Wolverine, his healing factor increased his natural abilities such as strength, speed, and stamina. Unfortunately, there's not much you can say about Deadpool outside of Weapon X, and that's where that either really good or horribly wrong thing I was talking about comes in. Fox can either make it totally lame again, like in X-Men Origins, or they can make it extremely cool. That's where part two of my movie idea comes in.
2. Don't Depict Him Solely as a Hero!
Yes, Deadpool sometimes fights on the good side, but he is first and foremost a mercenary! He does what he's paid to do! He's teamed up with villains just as much as he's fought them, and it's the same with heroes too. Deadpool has partnered with numerous heroes like Wolverine, and numerous villains such as Taskmaster and Kingpin. He's an anti-hero to the extreme. All superhero films have done, for the most part, is glorify the person that they're about, and I really feel like that would be an injustice to Deadpool.
He's an assassin and a mercenary, trained in several martial arts, a highly skilled swordsman and marksman, with an affinity for humiliating his opponents and doing it with his own certain brand of style. He's rude, crude, violent, apathetic, and highly unstable. I want an R-rated film so bad, and filmmakers at Fox have expressed similar interests, but I'm sure that it's highly unlikely, as that will cut the market value down for the projected gross of the film.
What do you guys think of my two criteria? So far, the Deadpool movie has no expected release date or plot details, but what would you like to see in this film? Let me know in the comments!