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It’s clear that Deadpool won’t be like most comic book movies. The eponymous mercenary, Wade Wilson (played by Ryan Reynolds), will deliver off the wall humor and zany antics that the X-Men wouldn't approve of, and if you saw the August trailer, well, you need to watch the August trailer to get an idea of what’s to come. Nonetheless, everyone involved with the production is confident and happy with how the Merc with the Mouth’s solo adventure turned out, including Deadpool’s creator Rob Liefeld, who says that fans can expect an incredible movie come February.
Liefeld made it clear that he thinks Deadpool will change the comic book movie genre while being interviewed by USA Today, and made a bold claim about how a key demographic will receive it. The writer/artist said:
The movie is a powerhouse. It’s raw … I don’t know how you come out of the theater as someone between the age of 18-30 without this being your favorite movie.
You can look to that first trailer to see some of the rawness Deadpool will offer. Head shots, sword play, cursing, Wade Wilson’s disfigured face, this movie is doing quite a bit to earn its R rating. However, let’s not forget that even ignoring fellow Fox movie X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016 is a big year for comic book movies, as moviegoers will also have Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, and Doctor Strange to choose from. So, while Deadpool certainly has a lot to distinguish it, there's going to be a lot of competition in the "favorite" department. Liefeld previously compared Deadpool to a Quentin Tarantino film, which fits with the tone Deadpool’s stories took on not long after his comic debut in 1991.
Time certainly has flown when it comes to Deadpool’s production. It seems like just yesterday (it was September 2014) the movie was greenlit after years of being in development hell following the positive reception the leaked animated test footage received. Since then we’ve seen plenty of looks behind the scenes during production, and no doubt marketing will accelerate in the near future. While there are still a few months to go until moviegoers can determine with Deadpool is a hit or miss, evidently the studio is confident. Not only is a sequel being considered, but we can also expect to see the Merc with the Mouth eventually interact with other X-Men besides Colossus. Not that they’ll enjoy spending time with him, but at least fans can relish the insanity that will inevitably follow.
Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.