File this one under the about god damn time category. 20th Century Fox has announced this afternoon that the Merc With The Mouth will at long last make his proper big screen debut on February 12th, 2016. An interesting, and potentially very lucrative non summer date indeed. This comes after many years of development hell under the gaze of director Tim Miller (who has a background in CG animation), following a god awful portrayal of the character in X Men Origins: Wolverine. It’s being speculated that the overwhelmingly positive reception of the leaked test footage in July has lead to this decision, particularly after these comments by the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds
“The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually,” and it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”
I personally have been advocating a Deadpool film for many years. Not only do I think that on his own, he’s just a fantastic and hysterical character, but I think his self referential, 4th wall breaking humor is needed at this point in the superhero genre’s popularity. The market is getting saturated, and it’s time to bust the fold wide open, especially considering that in 2016, we’re getting Batman V Superman, X Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, Captain America 3, and Sinister Six. Renyolds is absolutely pitch perfect for the role, and after viewing this test footage, I’m confident that Miller will do justice to the stylings of the comic book series.
Also, just a fun throwback, here’s a video a much higher pitched version of me made back in 2009 about the possibilities of a Deadpool flick.
I’M SO EXCITED