Deadpool, a fan favorite and one of the more universally acclaimed Rob Liefeld Creations, was in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ played by Ryan Reynolds (‘Green Lantern’). The character’s “misuse” inflamed the ire of most fans of the comic book character. There has been talk of a Deadpool solo film ever since and the talk was that this portrayal would stay true to the fourth-wall breaking, violent and often profane comics.
News is coming out of the Amazing Arizona Comic-Con that eight minutes of test footage “may or may not” have been shot already. The characters creator and co-founder of Image comics, Rob Liefeld had this to say at a panel:
“They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated.
They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you, it’s close. It’s closer that it’s ever been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated Deadpool movie.”
Back in April, Deadline announced that visual effects master Tim Miller will be directing ‘Deadpool’. Since there is no word otherwise, we can assume that Reynolds would play the beloved character once again. ‘Deadpool’ would be a departure for the X-Men film franchise not just in terms of ratings but in tone and breaking the fourth wall (if it followed suit with the comics). ‘Kick Ass’ and other recent films have proven that there is a niche audience for R rated superhero films.
Liefeld created Deadpool in the pages of ‘New Mutants’ in 1991 which would become ‘X-Force’ not long after Wade Wilson’s debut. Lately Deadpool has seen a variety of solo series and was a huge part of Rick Remender’s wildly popular run on ‘Uncanny X-Force,’ which is a far cry from the original 90’s title.
Anxious for Wade Wilson to be redeemed on the big screen? Hoping Reynolds is still on board? Let us know in the comments! Also, watch the entire panel from the Arizona Con below: