Deadpool opens Feb 12
Deadpool opens February 12th in North America and is set to test Ryan Reynolds’ credibility as a superhero. For those of us who aren’t comic book geeks, this is the brief Deadpool backstory:
Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Sarah has written about the complexity of Deadpool on our site going back to before the film’s Vancouver shooting, both in how the character is portrayed and who plays him. This is as invested Ryan Reynolds has ever been about a character. He’s been engaging on social media, in whatever language required…
…and whatever diet required:
Also, apparently, a fan of K-Pop:
He’s also been on an exhausting worldwide media tour. He has thrown himself behind this project in a big movie star way – on the level with how the Will Smiths and the Hugh Jackmans of the business might do it, or even Tom Cruise, only with a much more natural sense of humour. To me, this is Deadpool’s most important selling feature so far. And most importantly Ryan’s enthusiasm – he’s been playful at press conferences and charmingly accessible during interviews – feels authentic. Yes. Of course it’s in his job description to sell the movie. But he also seems to be having a great time. There’s nothing here that feels similar to the way an actor campaigning for a Best Actor Oscar, ahem, might hustle you but at the same time make you feel like it’s beneath him.
Early surprise fan screenings of Deadpool have played very positively. But will it play outside the nerd herd? The draw for Deadpool for those who don’t fight on message boards about whether or not Superman parts his hair on the right or the left is that Deadpool is being positioned as an action comedy and Deadpool isn’t superheroes for kids. A couple of months ago while bingeing on Jessica Jones, I complained to Sarah that the love scenes weren't explicit enough for me. She was like, “Um, it’s Marvel, an f-bomb for them is pushing it”. If the trailer is any indication, there are no such concerns for Deadpool. We get raunch and profane and sexual fluidity. Are you in?