As San Diego Comic-Con rapidly approaches, certain movies begin to move to the forefront as the most highly anticipated properties that just can't come out soon enough.
One of the leaders of that pack is Deadpool, which locked down a full spread in Entertainment Weekly with news and images that would make even the most skeptical fan get excited.
Here are some of the latest shots of Ryan Reynolds in costume and what they might tell us about director Tim Miller's vision for Deadpool.
Breaking the fourth wall
This recently released promo image gives us a little hat tip toward Wade Wilson's trademark loudmouth—one that gets so outlandish, it can't stay on the page. In other words, Deadpool is known for breaking the fourth wall and directly commenting on the events he's living, and it looks like the movie will follow suit.
This photo comes from a scene featured in the footage that leaked a while back. Here, Deadpool admires his own drawing showing him attacking an assailant just before he decapitates an assailant. It's these little nods and extra-diegetic intrusions that a great Deadpool movie should include, and it looks like Miller isn't about to let us down.
Graphic, violent, and fun
In his interview with EW, Miller confirmed that this is going to be the kind of hard R-rated Deadpool movie that we want and deserve:
It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.
He also compared the world he's building to that of Tyler Durden and Fight Club: a dark, twisted atmosphere full of dive bars and strip clubs that will look totally separate from the slick, stylish world of X-Men. Count me in!
An unlikely cover model
Lastly, here's the cover for the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, with Ryan Reynolds hamming it up for the camera. It's another image that proves how well-articulated eye movement is really going to help sell this masked character when he's in costume, and it looks like they've figured out exactly to get his necessary expressions across.
All in all, Deadpool is shaping up to be an unconventional and welcome superhero flick when it finally lands in theaters on February 12, 2016 (not sure why the above poster says a different date).