Look, there are some comic book heroes that simply wouldn’t work with a pg-13 rating. The Punisher, Kick-Ass, Preacher, The Boys, the list goes on and on for like three more titles. And then there’s Deadpool. So far with the Ryan Reynolds project there’s been very little to complain about: we’ve got some sweet tests footage, a super speed greenlight and fast track by Fox, creative freedom for director Tim Miller, a lauded script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, costume unveiling AND on the hour cast reveals. But you know the old saying – films don’t get made in a vacuum, and much like with life and their stepmother’s superior meatloaf, fans will always find something they’re not happy with.
With the studio going back and forth about a pg-13 rating and dear Mr Reynolds fighting the good fight for an R rating, Screenrant reports that the war is finally over, and the R’s have it!
Along with some tweets from Reynolds, a video was also released with Reynolds in full Deadpool garb, confirming to the audience that the film will be R rated whilst having a pop at Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell reference included). The video is choc full of self-referential put downs, in jokes and Xmen Origins callbacks. All in good fun and all pointing the the creative high ground that will give the audience something creatively unique instead of widely marketable. Check out the video below, courtesy of Screenrant:
Deadpool will be in theatres February 12th.
It would be fair to say that Marvel doesn’t really own the character of Deadpool anymore. Deadpool has two new surrogate parents: Ryan Reynolds, who’s been standing face to face with that black and red mask in every dream he’s had for the past six years; and the Marvel audience, who’s far more maternal and gets protective of Deadpool when Reynolds wants to take Deadpool rock-climbing and let him stay up past his bedtime.
After the debacle of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it’s bizarre depiction of Deadpool as a lesson in graphic irony, the Marvel audience got full custody of Deadpool for a while and Reynolds didn’t really have any visitation rights. But late last year Reynolds starred in some test footage that sparked the opposite of public outcry – I guess it would be called in-laugh? – and the Marvel audience forgave him, letting him see Deadpool on alternate weekends.
I guess my longwinded point is that Ryan Reynolds knows what it means to pass off a Marvel fan, so he knows how important it is that the new Deadpool film be faithful. Well, according to Slashfilm, he’s pretty confident about his chances. Here’s Reynolds talking to Shortlist about what he expects from the film:
“I’m incredibly happy about it —we’ve got a director that understands that world and writers with a slavish devotion to the canon of that character. That’s the most important aspect: it’s made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. Well, that’s the hope.”
Slavish is definitely a word that should not be taken lightly. So it sounds like they’re pushing the boat out when it comes to authenticity.
Director Tim Miller is directing the project from Blur House, which is the same animation studio that produced the test footage that drove everyone crazy.
This opinion is a little more reputable since he’s not talking about a script that hasn’t been written. The script exists and has been lauded by readers as something of a gem. The script, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Warwick, has roles for TJ Miller, Gina Carano and Morena Baccarin, as well as an actor-less Colossus.
It’s certainly comforting to see Reynolds so confident about the upcoming semi reboot, let’s just hope it’s justified.
Deadpool will hit cinemas on February 12th, 2016.
Ryan Reynolds is currently closing a deal with Fox for the titular role in Deadpool, as reported by Deadline. This is definitely exciting news, despite the fact that it’s news that isn’t really news-news…news.
This will be Reynolds’ second portrayal of the “merc with a mouth” after his turn in the clown car of Marvel characters that was X-men Origins: Wolverine. Hopefully this feature will give Deadpool the attention he deserves, since he’ll be flying solo as far as we’re aware.
The project has been on the books for a while, and it’s already been given the highest level of confirmation with its appearance on the list of Marvel and DC films coming up in the 2015-2020 period. It was always assumed that Reynolds would take on the role, and teaser footage that was released of Reynolds doing a brief action scene in motion capture all but confirmed it. Now we have the confirmation more or less and it’s good news, since seeing any other actor don the red-and-black mask at this point would be just plain weird.
Tim Miller will be directing, after tinkering with this project for the last few years. A script has been put together by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will be producing the film.
Are you looking forward to Deadpool? Think Reynolds has the chops to pull it off for real?