Deadpool movie confirmed for 2016 (Wired UK)


leaked test footage was a hit with fans, and the social media
reaction helped the real movie get approved

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Characters Inc

After most recently being seen in the company of weird robot animals, the regenerating mercenary Deadpool is now
finally on track for his own movie.

Fox has announced a 12 Feb, 2016 release date for the film,
which has been languishing in development hell for years. Plans for
a solo film have circulated since the character appeared in the
otherwise terrible X-Men
Origins: Wolverine
in 2009, played by Ryan Reynolds.
Visual effects artist Tim Miller, who has
been attached to the project in its various forms since 2011, will
make his feature film directorial debut with Deadpool.

Although Reynolds absolutely nailed early scenes in
Origins as pre-Deadpool Wade Wilson, a wise-cracking
mercenary with a penchant for swords, that movie took a weird turn.
Instead of the familiar hyperactive Deadpool, it presented a mute
monstrosity with mutant powers grafted onto his body. Incidentally,
that “Deadpool” was played in the final scene by Scott
 rather than Reynolds.

Despite the poor reception to Origins and its portrayal
of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has been one of the biggest ambassadors
for doing the character right on the big screen. A vocal fan, he’s
pushed Fox to put a Deadpool film into development since at least
2003. Although he has yet to officially sign on for the
just-announced movie, it would be more of a surprise if he wasn’t
the star at this point — especially after he lent his voice to the
leaked test
 that surfaced earlier this year.

That test footage has been key in getting the movie greenlit,
with the Canadian actor saying in an interview with Niagara Falls Review that “The movie has been in a state
of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to
the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for
our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s
interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring,
actually. And it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can
move mountains when used in the right way.”

One of Marvel’s most popular characters in the comics in recent
years, Deadpool first appeared in New Mutants #98  in
1991, created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld. Originally a flat
out villain, he morphed into a sympathetic anti-hero over time.
Frequently portrayed as a comedic figure, Deadpool often breaks the
fourth wall, either speaking directly to the reader or teasing
Marvel’s editorial policies. The planned film, like the test
footage, is set to keep this reality-shattering attribute of the

Although lumped in with the X-Men, he’s not actually a mutant
himself, instead gaining an insanely powerful healing factor as
part of a military experiment. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to
counteract the cancer ravaging his body, leaving him permanently
disfigured. However, as he is associated with the X-Men property,
Deadpool is under Fox’s purview as far as film and TV exploitation
goes, so don’t expect him to be popping up in the Marvel Cinematic
Universe anytime soon.

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