“Deadpool” starring Ryan Reynolds is one of the most anticipated movies at the moment. From all the footage released so far of the Tim Miller directed flick, Deadpool appears to be very faithful to its comic book source. Die-hard fans are crazy about this unique Superhero who is actually more of an antihero. Reynolds, the star of the movie, has promised that the movie will be a game changer.
“It is a game changer for superhero movies. We’re standing at the intersection of a kind of like superhero apocalypse. We have all these movies coming along and they’re all very, very serious and … very gritty and dark,” Reynolds told Reuters.
Superhero apocalypse indeed! The last decade saw a surge in movies based on comic book properties, what with the success of characters like “Batman,” “Spider-Man,” the “X-Men,” “Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “Hulk” and the whole “Avengers” bunch. Last year “Ant-Man” became a surprise hit and was quickly included by Marvel Studios executives as part of the Avengers team.
The common factor in all these superhero movies was their seriousness. This occurred as a result of the success of the gritty, dark and grounded realism of Christopher Nolan’s successful Batman trilogy, especially “The Dark Knight,” famous for the late Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the iconic clown prince of crime, The Joker. That role became such a huge cultural sensation that even Jared Leto, the latest actor to portray the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” has promised to make Heath ledger proud.
“Deadpool is kind of the opposite of that. He takes nothing seriously and I think that’s fun. It’s a nice refreshing change of pace,” Ryan Reynolds said of nature of the movie. And the trailers show us he is right! Well, the Joker did say “Why so serious?” The new Deadpool movie seems like the answer to such a prolonged spate of serious comic book movies.
“You still have all the intense action, you have a movie that deals with themes that are a little bit more adult than necessarily some of the Marvel movies that have come along,” Reynolds said of the R-rating, as the movie contains foul language, sexual content, nudity and intense violence. “Deadpool” made the Chinese censors choke.
“You’re in a great position where this movie is going to open up the R-rated landscape to superhero films. That’s great,” Reynolds’ co-star in the movie, T.J. Miller, said.
It remains to be seen whether “Deadpool” is able to entertain casual movie goers around the world apart from the obviously devoted fanbase, who made the movie possible after a leaked test footage based on a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had excited fans making desperate pleas to have the movie made.
“Deadpool,” directed by Tim Miller, stars Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin and Gina Carano and releases worldwide beginning February 9 this year.