Everything coming out of 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool standalone film has been inspiring confidence across the four corners of the Internet. Not only has Simon Kinberg praised an early cut of Tim Miller’s no-holds-barred actioner – deeming it to be “fantastic” – but early talks have already taken place regarding a direct sequel.
It’s a testimony to the roof-raising reaction of the San Diego Comic-Con sizzle reel, which unveiled a Deadpool that is arguably the most faithful rendition of the character to date.
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Primed to leap into theaters in February of next year, Ryan Reynolds’ sophomore outing in the blood-red guise is fast approaching, and in an exhaustive cover piece with GQ, the Canadian actor touched upon the unique nature of the character and how Tim Miller’s live-action rendition of the Merc with a Mouth represents six years in the making.
“Yeah! Oh, I made sure we marked it, too,” Reynolds tells GQ. “Like, we just started rolling, and I was like, ‘No, no, hold on.’ We went in the other room and we huddled up: ‘We’re making this movie! We’ve been trying to get this movie made for six f***ing years, and here we are. We’re doing it right now. Just remember this second. Just take a moment to be thankful for that.’ And then we all went out and just started shooting and dicking around and had some fun.”
For all of the talk circling the Internet that the superhero genre is teetering on the edge of saturation – a boom and bust cycle not dissimilar to the Western – Miller and 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of Deadpool is taking strides to fly in the face of convention, as it looks to channel the inherently chaotic nature of the titular anti-hero.
Indeed, Reynolds believes there’s no superhero quite like Wade Wilson’s wisecracking alter-ego, and that acted as one of the primary reasons the actor signed on for the standalone feature even after the failure of Green Lantern four years ago.
“Deadpool was different because there wasn’t a big budget attached to it. There was not a tremendous responsibility to meet some kind of bottom line. Those kinds of superhero movies when you’re out front, there’s a vast and quite frightening budget attached to them. This one had a super-reasonable budget, and it was subversive and a little bit different, and to me a little refreshing in the comic-book world. But you always have trepidation. When you’re out front, you have trepidation.”
Switching gears from hero to villain, the final tidbit for Miller’s Deadpool film is in relation to Colossus. Barring a brief cameo in the aforementioned Comic-Con trailer, there hasn’t been much mention of the towering nemesis ever since, though creator Rob Liefeld claimed that Colossus is “in it a good amount; he doesn’t just walk through the movie.”
Deadpool will open in theaters on February 12, 2016.