Monday, September 22, 2014

Thoughts on the Deadpool Movie

When news first leaked of a movie featuring Deadpool, I was surprised and a bit astonished really.  The character doesn't really fit the mold of any comic book character that has successfully made the leap from the four color world into the world of cinema.  To say that Wade Wilson is something of a major departure from what has been "successful" on screen right now, would be tragically understating Deadpool.

All that aside, according to CNN, on February 12, 2016 a movie featuring the "Merc with the Mouth" will hit theaters in some shape or form.  Like all fans of the character, I expect an "R" rating because of violence and language.  There are also plenty of people clamoring about the test footage that leaked around the time of the 2014 Comic-Con, so here's a look:

Impressive?  Well, not from a visual point of view, but the essence of Deadpool is captured in the footage.  At least, I think it is.  Since Ryan Reynolds has been so closely associated with the character since the barley worth mentioning "X-Men Origins Wolverine," it's no surprise that fans are eager for him to take the role of Deadpool.  Will he?  Who knows for sure.  Seriously who else would embrace a chance at the character though?

One thing is for sure though, and that is the wave of success that Marvel characters have been having at the box office; however, I also know one thing:  that run is bound to end sooner or later.  An "R" rated superhero movie removes the family tag from the film, and that is bound to have some kind of impact on an important statistic called box office gross.

So while I'm surprised the film is even going to be made, I'll be shocked if the folks behind the film don't tame it down for a PG-13.  Still, it's exciting that Deadpool will be getting a movie, and the genre could use a little spicing up.  I think "Guardians of the Galaxy" showed audiences that the films can be just as entertaining without major characters.

Deadpool is obviously a hit, but will audiences still be lining up to see him in 2016?

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