The hype for the upcoming Deadpool film is currently sky-high as the infamous ‘Merc with a Mouth’ is finally getting his own movie with the character the way he was written to be (I’m looking at you X-Men Origins: Wolverine...)
Deadpool is 20th Century Fox’s response to every failed attempt that they’re made so far to beat Marvel Studios and stem the eventual free fall into critical panning that the X-Men films have been experiencing as of late (not to mention the terrible reception of the recent Fantastic Four.)
The Red Band trailer is three minutes of uncensored violent mayhem, and it looks like it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun. Indeed the fact that Fox has finally caved to creating an R-rated film is the only way that Deadpool could have been brought into existence on the big screen, as anyone who has been lucky enough to come across the comic book iteration of Deadpool will know. The mentally unstable, disfigured, fourth-wall breaking antihero with a Wolverine-like healing power quickly became a fan favourite in the comics and similarly the first look at his title film debut proved a great hit at the Comic Con unveiling last month.
Who else are we going to see in Deadpool?
Though Deadpool here exists in the same cinematic universe as the X-Men, he has crossed over with a number of other Marvel characters and traipsed into many comic books before. However due to rights issues it looks like we're only going to get to see interactions with the X-Men and other lesser known characters like Gina Caranos's Angel Dust (from Morlocks). It's a real shame that because of this we probably wont get to see Deadpool and Spider-Man facing off anytime soon, as the two of them have a complex and amusing relationship in the comics.
In lieu of Spidey the trailer reveals the rest of our supporting cast;
- Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) - Wade's girlfriend/former X-Force member.
- Ajax (Ed Skrein) - as our villain.
- Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) - the blind old woman that Deadpool kidnapped and held in his basement who eventually became his housekeeper.
- Weasel (T. J. Miller) - Deadpool's friend and information broker.
- The X-Men Colossus (Andre Tricoteux) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).
So why could Deadpool be Fox's saving grace?
Deadpool has always been a bit of a parody figure, an anti-thesis to the serious, righteous and often stuffy figures of the likes of Captain America and Thor, and given the current climate wherein we're faced with an over-saturation of superhero films coming at us left right and centre this could be a breath of fresh air for the industry.
Because, though he's a Marvel favourite, Deadpool isn't a superhero. He's an anti-hero. He's "crazier than a sack’ a ferrets" and fans have been clamouring for a worthy Deadpool cinematic adaptation ever since the project first came into being with New Line Cinema way back in 2004. Fox are finally putting on their big-boy pants in the context of grown up being sex and swearwords and graphic violence. It's not going to be tasteful, nor do I imagine that it'll earn any Oscar nominations, but it's about time that there's some more variety in the world of Hollywood comic book adaptations.