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 humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Star and producer Ryan Reynolds had long championed a film version of the iconic comic book character. “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,” says Reynolds. “That’s what makes him interesting to me and also makes him sort of limitless.”
“We’re staying as true to the character as possible,” adds Reynolds. “We really ran with the idea of Deadpool being aware he’s a comic book anti-hero. It gave us the freedom to tell this story in a totally unorthodox way. We occupy a space that no other comic-book movie has – or can.”
Reynolds appears to have the thumbs up from Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee who again has a cameo in the film and also serves as an executive producer. “There’s never been a character like Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds plays him as though he was born to play the role,” says Lee. “Just like Robert Downey, Jr. was born to be Iron Man, you just can’t picture anybody else besides Ryan as Deadpool.”
Director Tim Miller, making his directorial debut with Deadpool, also spoke of the similarities between his star and the Marvel Comics character, “I think Ryan’s personality and DNA are really infused in the character. It was a close match to begin with, which is why Ryan was so attracted to Deadpool in the first place.”
Screenwriter Rhett Reese was quick to praise Reynolds’ tremendous sense of humour and his immersion into the mind of the anti-hero during the writing process, “He became in a way our ‘Deadpool Police.’ Whenever we got off tone or were writing in a way that didn't feel quite right, Ryan would say, ‘I don't think that sounds like Deadpool.’ We knew he was the best arbiter, because Ryan knows and loves the comics and has assimilated Deadpool’s voice and sense of humour.”
The whole advertising campaign, including the distinctive posters and trailers, has centred on the twisted sense of humour of the title character. “It really draws you in,” Reynolds notes. “Deadpool has this bright, optimistic outlook on life, even though his life is pretty bad. 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.”
Bringing the exploits of an unconventional superhero to life sometimes created an equally unexpected vibe on set. Notes Stan Lee: “When you see Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds working together, they are both so in sync; they see the movie the same way. It’s though they’re playing a game and each one of them is doing his job so magnificently. When I did my scene in Deadpool, I didn’t even know I was working. When it was over, I said, ‘When do we start?’ and Tim said, ‘You’re finished.’ That’s how effortless he makes it seem.”
From the edgy footage we have seen, it really looks as if 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool is going to push the boundaries of we have come to expect from a comic-book movie a little further. We cannot wait!
Deadpool is out at Showcase Cinemas in 2D and IMAX February 10