Ever since Deadpool had a bit part in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there have been rumors of the “Merc with a Mouth” getting his own film. The movie has languished in development hell for years, likely due in part to fans’ negative reaction to X-Men’s portrayal of Deadpool as very different from the comics, then how much X-Men Origins and Green Lantern kind of stunk…
Some test footage from the Deadpool film has leaked, and we’re here to tell you—this is the Deadpool you fell in love with oh those many years ago. The character’s personality, and especially his propensity to break the fourth wall, come through loud and clear.
The footage is less than two minutes long, but we get to see Ryan Reynolds (who also played Wade Wilson the first time around) throw out snarky one-liners about blood and soap operas, talk directly to the camera, and beat up some baddies with terrifying calm.
It’s a bit dated—seeing as he’s listening to “Hollaback Girl”—but the gist is the same. Especially from his first line: “I bet you’re wondering, why the red suit. That’s so bad guys can’t see me bleed.”
You can also watch a more hi-res version here.
From what we’ve heard about the script (and bear in mind, this is circa 2010-2012), the Deadpool movie would be incredibly meta—as befits the character—a sort of cross between Van Wilder and Kill Bill with its raunchy humor and gory violence. One script review says that “it’s as though the character of Deadpool exists in a world where Wolverine is a movie that he’s seen, and hates.”
Speaking about the film in 2013, Reynolds said, “In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address Wolverine—though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in Wolverine. He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that.”
We are all about WTF moments in superhero movies. Fingers crossed this footage might lead to the movie finally getting greenlit.
Image: Marvel Comics