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"Let’s take these broken wings and learn to fucking fly again." That was Ryan Reynolds, in character as Deadpool, introducing the panel for Tim Miller’s Deadpool movie at San Diego Comic-Con – before trying to put a pipe in his masked mouth. It was the perfectly irreverent way to kick off a rousing panel that got all of Hall H on its feet cheering, setting the stage for a big hit when Fox opens the movie next February.
Deadpool, the comic book character, has a huge following, and the movie has been years in the making. Reynolds made numerous jokes during the panel that his last crack at the character (in the dreadful X-Men: Origins – Wolverine) had the Merc With The Mouth with his mouth sewn shut. Not the case this time around, as Reynolds swore to the panel, "This time I don’t shut up." Swore is the right term, as the Deadpool panel dropped more F-bombs than the Wachowski siblings dropped bullet shells in the finale of The Matrix. The fact that we’re getting an R-rated Deadpool movie is one reason why fans left Hall H pumped by the footage. Here are the other major reasons why Deadpool went over so well.
It Was Vulgar As HellThe footage is packed to the brim with cursing, foul-mouthed repartee, and shocking amounts of violence… in other words, everything that should be in a proper Deadpool adaptation. During the duration of the short clip, we saw numerous headshots (one bullet passed through three separate skulls), a filthy debate about what Deadpool’s unmasked face looked like (something about testicles with teeth?), and the Merc calling at least one character a "cock gobbler." So yeah, leave the kids at home when you check this one out.
It Had Colossus In It!No one’s really talking about this, but Deadpool features a fellow Marvel mutant in Colossus – played in this movie by Andre Tricoteux. And he looks AMAZING! We don’t hear him talk. But we see Colossus punch Deadpool so hard that he flies into a car. And we learned on the panel that Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) is a superhero in training, and is Colossus’ trainee. Deadpool also loves her name.
It Made Incredible Use Of MusicThere was a hip-hop vibe to the Deadpool trailer, choreographing its bone-crunching fight sequences to Salt-N-Peppa’s "Shoop," as one example. That vibe proved to be contagious, giving Deadpool a rule-flaunting attitude, but also getting the Hall H audience off its feet and demanding more. For the first time all Comic-Con, the chant of "One more time" erupted in Hall H. So, they showed it one more time. And do you know what? It got better on a second viewing.