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Deadpool Movie: Why it Would be Awesome

Test footage of a Deadpool solo film has leaked and it's wildly entertaining. So, why hasn't Fox followed-up on this yet? We say why we'd love to see the Merc with a Mouth get his own movie.

Many of us will agree that Ryan Reynolds did a solid job as Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but then the script decided to take some drastic departures from the source material and essentially transformed him into the movie's boss battle character. Needless to say, it made some passionate fans of the Merc with a Mouth want to flip a table or wipe the experience from their memory. It was quite a bummer, but despite the very negative experience, Wade Wilson fans still managed to hold onto hope for a solo Deadpool movie.

We've been given little signs of progress here and there, too. Over the years, a script has leaked (it's allegedly good but I haven't read it), a director was named, Reynolds continues to say he'd be all for the project, X-Force now has a potential future with Fox, and now, some test footage has hit the web. The footage may be brief but it managed to capture the character's tone incredibly well. It was action-packed and creatively executed, had Wade breaking the fourth wall, and managed to show a version of Marvel character that's both lovable and deadly. Basically, it's yet another bit of hope that has fans going "Cool, now WHERE'S THE MOVIE?!" Well, with Fox's X-Men cinematic universe now on a whole new path (see the very awesome X-Men: Days of Future Past for more details), we think one would totally work and needs to happen.

"I think it would be awesome, but they'll never make it because a Deadpool movie needs to be rated R and the studio won't do that." It's true studios tend to shy away from the rating because it reduces the range of people that can purchase a ticket. Seeing as comic book movies are hugely popular now, it's understandable they'd want to get as many butts in the seats as possible when they release a new comic book movie. However, the possibility of rated R Deadpool movie still exists. This weekend, Lucy, a rated R action movie starring Scarlett Johansson, took the top spot at the box office (taking down the epic Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and has already earned a profit. Plus, the 1998 comic book movie Blade was heavy on violence and also made a profit. Sure, we can cite some movies that weren't a success, but, to me, that's kind of like saying "a female lead movie won't work... just look at Elektra and Catwoman!" No, those didn't work because they're not good movies and other R movies weren't marketed properly (Dredd 3D, Punisher: War Zone). If you're taking a risk with a higher rating, you need to prove to the audience that thisisn't going to be just another generic shoot 'em up movie and bad memories with the character from previous films aren't an issue. With Deadpool, they have the chance to capitalize on a massive crowd that is absolutely able to buy a ticket. The Merc with a Mouth is bigger than ever (the dude has so many limited series on the horizon) and he's become even more recognizable thanks to appearances in video games and animated shows/movies. This is something X-Men writer/producer Simon Kinberg obviously recognizes, too. He previously told Collider, "I think you’ve gotta do a hard-R, darker movie and he is the perfect character to do it with.

While it's a different genre, it is worth noting that Fox has been okay with pushing out rated R projects in the past (Prometheus). We all get they're a business and they need to focus on making a profit, but the solution is simple: build a good movie, market it well, and we'll happily buy a ticket at least once. There's a huge amount of fans craving an action-packed, hilarious and fun Deadpool movie and it's a premise that can pull in non-comic book fans, too. Now, Fox has the opportunity to give us one. If the concern is the rating, counter that by being confident in your product and market it properly. Let everyone know this will be the most chaotic and hilarious action movie they'll see all year and that's sure to put it on radars.

Something like this is all about the right people behind the scenes making the right case for it. So, let's hope there's some true Deadpool fans that are really pushing to make sure we get a film that's every bit as unrestrained and graphic as it should be. We know Reynolds and Kinberg say it should be R, so let's hope they aren't alone in that battle. That said, the amount of content movies can get away with nowadays in a PG-13 movie is pretty shocking. I mean, the test footage that hit the web has a guy getting decapitated but, because of the way it's presented, it would totally fall under a PG-13 rating. We've seen much worse on TV shows, haven't we? They can show a considerable amount of violence and even use 4-letter words a handful of times (X-Men: First Class made proper use of this) with a PG-13 rating. Plus, it then holds the potential for a director's cut on Blu-ray.

Even if an eventual Deadpool movie is rated PG-13, we shouldn't automatically assume it'll be devoid of shocking action and crude humor because they really can get away with a lot. Obviously, many of us would prefer R, but as long as they get the essence of the character right, they can still make it a completely memorable and thrilling ride that's packed with entertaining fights and comedy. But again, let's hope the people pushing this movie realize that a large amount of viewers will see a rated R Deadpool movie as long as it looks promising and is marketed to reel in other fans craving some crazy action and an overall fun time at the movies. Yes, the X-Men movies have their bits of levity, but for most part, they're establishing a far more serious atmosphere as they present so much worldbuilding and a handful of gripping character dynamics. A Deadpool solo would give them a chance to really go all out, embrace some over-the-top madness and simply have a good time giving audiences exactly what they want from Wade.

With the commendable quality of X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's more than clear Fox is righting its wrongs with the franchise and giving us a clean slate as they move forward. Seeing as the whole Three Mile Island incident takes with "Deadpool" place after Nixon's time in office (again, see X-Men:DoFP), it feels safe to assume they could easily present us with an all-new -- and more appropriate -- version of Wade in the X-Men cinematic universe. Wade Wilson isn't all jokes and sword slashing, either. There's plenty of potential with character depth (currently, Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn have handled this exceptionally well) and the film's writers could have a complete riot figuring out how the Merc with a Mouth would interact with others. This new X-Men universe has done a brilliant job presenting compelling characters (McAvoy and Fassbender immediately come to mind), and, while there's plenty of opportunities to develop Wade as a person, he could also be there to make sure viewers have a smile on their face every now and then, too.

Deadpool's immensely popular and the response to that released footage has been overwhelmingly positive. Considering the tone of that brief clip, a Deadpool solo absolutely has the potential to be a total blast and, as long as it's advertised properly, you can bet flocks of people will show up to see Wade Wilson thrown into all kinds of violent, comedic, and crazy scenarios. So, what are we waiting for? It's time to make this happen, Fox.

Do you think a Deadpool movie's a good idea? Share your thoughts with the world below. Gregg wants to one day say "a ticket for Deadpool, please" at his local movie theater. If you share his passion for the Merc with a Mouth, he'd totally appreciate a follow on twitter.

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Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

Here's hoping this works as well as your Deathstroke article.

Posted by noj

The test footage is awesome! Ryan Reynolds really is great for the role. Hope FOX gets the hint that fans want more of this!

Posted by SilverPool

What noj said

Posted by GraniteSoldier

I'd watch it. Blade is absolute proof you can have a successful R rated comic movie so long as the casting is good and story is solid.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Personally I don't think a Deadpool movie has to be rated R.

Posted by Cloakx14

@noj said:

The test footage is awesome! Ryan Reynolds really is great for the role. Hope FOX gets the hint that fans want more of this!

same here bro.

Posted by Spideysense44

Nice read and I agree you can get away with a lot of stuff in PG-13 nowadays, but I'd prefer R

Posted by fables87

Nice read and I agree you can get away with a lot of stuff in PG-13 nowadays, but I'd prefer R

I see the movie being somewhat like Kick-Ass. I know neither of them are alike, but there both super dark comedies.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

I NEED A LINK

Nevermind I found it

Posted by averywetfrog

the video followed the leaked script if i remember correctly, so i guess the script was legit.

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

@noj said:

The test footage is awesome! Ryan Reynolds really is great for the role. Hope FOX gets the hint that fans want more of this!

This. Is a True story. Ryan Reynolds rocked it as Deadpool, but Fox messed him up in X-Men Origins Wolverine. So obviously, Fox needs to get him back again, and do something like the test footage!

Lets make it happen FOX!

Posted by flameboy298

Deadpool was one of the first Comic Books I read but soon after I stopped reading him because I was tired of him with that being said I enjoy Deadpool in small amounts,but man I loved this!!!

Posted by The Lobster

How the heck did you get such clean quality pictures of this thing?

The only versions I've seen were so bad in quality I couldn't even see what was on the paper he was holding?

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

This clip was perfect. It completely sums up just how badass and funny Wade can be. I'm completely sold on Ryan playing the part also. Make this movie happen Fox!

Posted by MannEffest

Here's hoping this works as well as your Deathstroke article.

I as well. I'm just sitting here, crossing my fingers, hoping that 20th Century Fox will read Katzman's article just like DC read his last one ;D

Posted by dbatdog

I hope they push through with this movie :(

Posted by ccraft
Posted by AllStarSuperman

@ccraft: go on YouTube and search dead pool leaked test footage

Posted by kalorama

Sorry, but Lucy and Blade aren't really accurate bases for comparison because they were both relatively low-budget (for a studio action movie) productions. Each cost around $40 mill, which means the threshold for financial success was a lot lower than it would be for a Deadpool movie, which would likely be a lot more expensive.

Posted by PunyParker

Deadpool is Deadpool in this.
If you dont like it,you're not into Deadpool.

Posted by munkieKONG

i can't really see this happening until Marvel has bled all of it's mainstream material completely dry... so, pretty soon i guess.

Edited by ftw201

http://vimeo.com/102076856

You are welcome.

I really really hate Ryan Reynolds as an actor, but as deadpool I couldn't think of anyone better. I hope this goes into production!!!

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Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt

Gimme. Gimme.Gimme. I want it so badly. Please FOX!!!! Gimme the 'Pool!!!

Posted by Xwraith

How long has this movie been in the works for?

Posted by linsanel_Doctor

Not interested anymore. Played the game

Posted by Zearing

I'm not the biggest Deadpool fan, but I really enjoyed this leaked footage.

Posted by w0nd

holy that quality is insane lol compared to the others

Posted by Wilbertus

Just make the movie already. And make a Deathstroke movie too while you're at it.

Posted by Fenderxx

Loved the footage, please let Fox green light this movie !

Edited by StMichalofWilson

Here's hoping this works as well as your Deathstroke article.

Posted by Jayc1324

As long as its not that x men origins ish we got

Posted by Bl00dwerK

My son is a big Deadpool fan and even he was impressed. We watched the video and were both smiling...

Posted by DeathpooltheT1000

That Costume is better that all the Snyder ones put together.

I want to have a 3some with Ryan Reynolds and that costume and i am an heterosexual man.

Posted by danhimself

@w0nd said:

holy that quality is insane lol compared to the others

Fox actually released this version themselves after the leak

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@kalorama said:

Sorry, but Lucy and Blade aren't really accurate bases for comparison because they were both relatively low-budget (for a studio action movie) productions. Each cost around $40 mill, which means the threshold for financial success was a lot lower than it would be for a Deadpool movie, which would likely be a lot more expensive.

Certainly true, but I'd say it's also worth nothing that neither had a large pre-existing fanbase when they were released (sure, there are Blade fans, but he wasn't one of Marvel's biggest characters and CBMs weren't a big deal). For Lucy to have a good opening after audiences already had a number of blockbusters come out and it opened against a PG-13 action movie w/ Dwayne Johnson is pretty impressive, I'd say. If eventually released, I imagine they'd attempt to capitalize on Days of Future Past's success by drawing a parallel or two, as well. Still, a good point.

Posted by Black_Claw

@lone_wolf_and_cub: True. Plus this will be the perfect way to revive his career after starring in the turds known as Green Lantern and RIPD.

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

I really hope Marvel moves ahead with this. The only thing that's got me worried is his whole breaking the fourth wall shtick.

Posted by flameboy298

@w0nd said:

holy that quality is insane lol compared to the others

Fox actually released this version themselves after the leak

That quality makes everything better

Posted by Pokeysteve

Love the footage and Reynolds is still a great choice for Wade.

Posted by flameboy298

I would rather watch a Deadpool movie over a Wolverine and X-men movie the way Fox normally makes them..

Posted by flameboy298

@w0nd said:

holy that quality is insane lol compared to the others

Fox actually released this version themselves after the leak

They said the studio(Blur) did not Fox

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Deadpool deserves a movie, plain and simple. He deserves a movie, but he still hasn't had one yet. Basically he's basically Marvel's Wonder Woman. (Wow...never thought I'd say that sentence)

Classic Wade, in all his hysterical hijinks! It would be a lot cooler if it wasn't CGI, but it is test footage, right?

...And, for the record, "The Wolverine" sucked.

Posted by w0nd

@flameboy298: Yeah I could never tell what he drew on the picture lol

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@amazingwebhead: c'mon it still looks amazing though

I downloaded the 1080p and it looks glorious!

Edited by The Lobster

Fox's excuse for the lack of a Deadpool movie currently was.......

"We don't want to over-saturate the market with comic book movies."

Which to me, means that they might as well be saying.....

"We don't care about Deadpool. We want more money, so we're going to focus on more Wolverine movies and X-men team movies. We know those will always make big bucks. Deadpool will get his chance when we run out of those....maybe...."

That being said, I wouldn't actually mind a movie done completely in this animated style. It'd be kinda cool. I mean, I've always said that more directors need to be making movies like those Arkham City promotional videos. The realist design of the characters almost fools the viewer into thinking that characters are live action, while the animation allows a lot more freedom to pull off more ridiculous camera work and basically bring the directors vision 100% onto the screen.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

If the Kick-Ass movies were financially successful, and since there is a sequel I'm assuming it was, I would think a good R rated Deadpool movie would be quite successful. Personally, I'd rather see a good Uncanny X-Force movie first though. That could also serve as a good introduction to Deadpool as well for the larger movie going audience that may have never heard of him.

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@k4tzm4n said:

@kalorama said:

Sorry, but Lucy and Blade aren't really accurate bases for comparison because they were both relatively low-budget (for a studio action movie) productions. Each cost around $40 mill, which means the threshold for financial success was a lot lower than it would be for a Deadpool movie, which would likely be a lot more expensive.

Certainly true, but I'd say it's also worth nothing that neither had a large pre-existing fanbase when they were released (sure, there are Blade fans, but he wasn't one of Marvel's biggest characters and CBMs weren't a big deal). For Lucy to have a good opening after audiences already had a number of blockbusters come out and it opened against a PG-13 action movie w/ Dwayne Johnson is pretty impressive, I'd say. If eventually released, I imagine they'd attempt to capitalize on Days of Future Past's success by drawing a parallel or two, as well. Still, a good point.

For the purposes of the discussion re: Deadpool, I don't really think that is worth noting because it really has little to do with predicting Deadpool's chances of success. We've seen movies featuring characters with name recognition do well and we've seen them bomb. Same with unknown characters. There's really no definitive predictive value to be found there.

Lucy's opening was solid but hardly record-breaking, or even esp. noteworthy. It was a good weekend. It happens, but it's hardly big news. The only reason people are making a deal of it is because the movie only cost $40 mill to make. (Plus, it was opening weekend; let's see how big the drop off is next weekend.) So unless they make a $40 mill Deadpool movie (they won't) then Lucy is pretty much irrelevant to the possibilities for Deadpool.

Posted by Cloakx14

Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool.

Posted by Spideysense44

@cloakx14 said:

Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool.

THIS. He was an ok Green Lantern, but never really fit.He completely owns Deadpool tho

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