So many people said it would never happen. It was constantly rumored, but there just seemed to be no movement with the production. Well, it’s finally happening. In an effort to expand their X-Men Universe, 20th Century Fox has finally revealed that Deadpool, possibly Marvel’s funniest and most violent character, will be receiving his own feature film in 2016.
As of right now, the official release date for Deadpool is February 12, 2016. Yes, you’ll be able to spend time with your one true love on Valentine’s Day weekend, and be able to go to the movies to witness a total psychopath slay dozens of bad guys while talking smack the entire time. Tim Miller is slated to direct, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, there’s a good chance that Ryan Reynolds will star as the fast-talking mercenary. I wonder if the overwhelmingly positive reaction to a certain leak of some test footage might have changed the minds of some Fox executives.
For those that might not be familiar with the comic book character, Deadpool was once a villain in Marvel’s New Mutants and X-Force. After participating in the Weapon-X Program, the same program that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton, Deadpool, known only as Wade Wilson at the time, was given an advanced version of Wolverine’s healing factor. However, the experiment left him horribly disfigured and insane. Since his debut, the mercenary has become more of an anti-hero, and is now famous for his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall. Deadpool has had multiple books, but perhaps his most critically acclaimed role as of late was in Rick Remender’s award winning series, Uncanny X-Force.
As Marvel fans and audiences know, this isn’t the first time Deadpool has made a cinematic appearance. Though most people would like to forget, Deadpool was first spotted on the silver screen in X-Men: Origins Wolverine. Arguably one of the worst superhero films ever made, X-Men Origins: Wolverine not only butchered years of comic book history, but it was also known for its embarrassing depiction of Deadpool. By the time we see Wade Wilson’s transformation into the fan-favorite character in the film’s final act, he’s completely unrecognizable. Looking like a cross between Mortal Kombat’s Baraka and a lotion lathered Ryan Reynolds, the thing that is called Deadpool in Origins displays none of the mercenary’s signature abilities or wit. Even worse, the people in charge of the production thought it made perfect sense to sew the Merc with a Mouth’s mouth shut. That makes obvious sense, right?
Hopefully Miller and 20th Century Fox both realize the mistakes that have been made, and actually present Deadpool in the upcoming film as the character that comic fans know and love. Until then kiddos, eat your chimichangas and watch your re-runs of Golden Girls. Deadpool would appreciate it. What about you reader? Excited that the Deadpool movie is finally happening? Let us know in the comments below.