U.S. Release Date: 2/12/16
There’s a reason why Deadpool – the latest Marvel character to hit the big screen – is known as “Merc with a Mouth.”
“This is not one of those movies where the hero is silent for 15 minutes, says Brett Rheese – the co-screenwriter of Deadpool. “The other characters can’t get a word in edgewise, because he’s constantly filling silences with lucidly insane cracks.”
Ryan Reynolds, who plays the crazy cracking character, says:
“In the comic book world, Deadpool is a man of our time with the ability to spout just the right thing, in terms of a pop culture reference, at the worst possible moment. That’s what makes him interesting to me and also makes him sort of limitless.”
Reynolds also says Deadpool’s warped sense of humor is the movie’s kicker.
“It really draws you in,” the actor notes. “Deadpool has this bright, optimistic outlook on life, even though his life is pretty shitty. I mean, he’s become horribly disfigured from the experiments that gave him his powers. And, he can’t find love and he’s more than a little insane.”
To shed some backstory here, Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a special forces operative turned mercenary, who becomes the ginue pig in a new experiment supposedly aimed to cure his cancer. But when things turn out differently, Wilson – left disfigured with accelerated healing powers – essentially re-invents himself as the title character. Next thing we know, Wilson, decked out in mask and red suit, embarks on a campaign of revenge against Ajax (Ed Skrein)– the man responsible for his transformation.
Ajax is sans empathy and sympathy, has no problem tormenting someone to get what he wants, possesses super strength and has a henchwoman named Angel Dust (former international mixed martial arts champion, Gina Carano).
“Angel Dust’s superpower is basically accessing her adrenaline to create super-strength,” notes Carano. “It’s kind of like that horse that you want to let the reins go on a bit. I feel like Ajax has the reins and Angel Dust says, ‘Oh, I’m ready. Put me in.’”
In the meantime, Deadpool has some colorful characters in his corner. There’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a teen girl who’s practically the human version of an atomic weapon, and Colossus – a CG character who is moonlighting from his sting as one of the X-Men.
“When I read that Colossus is kind of watchdogging Deadpool, making him the straight-man to Deadpool’s antics, I fell off the couch,” recalls Liefeld, who co-created Deadpool. “It’s genius! It elevates Colossus to a place he’s never been before.”
Unlike other Marvel movies, Miller’s title – due to steamy scenes between Wade Wilson and his lover Vanessa (Morena Bacaerin), violent fight scenes and Deadpool’s verbal humor – has been pinged with an R rating. The reason stems from steamy moments between Wade Wilson and his lover Vanessa (Morena Bacaerin), violent and graphic tussels, and Deadpool’s verbal humor.
“I think the R-rating allows us to have a level of reality that wouldn’t be possible with a PG-13,” says Miller. “I also think it’s an important step in the expansion of the genre. There’s a type of film that can only be made with this rating, and that really expands the boundaries of the stories comic book movies can tell.”
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Tim Miller
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand
Writers / Executive Producers: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Image Info: Ryan Reynolds is DEADPOOL, aka Wade Wilson, aka the Merc with the Mouth. TM & © 2015 Marvel & Subs. TM and © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved
Source: All information in this article, including quotes, is sourced from Deadpool’s press materials. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved