Despite footage emerging from Comic Con of the new Joker, fight scenes from Batman vs Superman, the most interest seemed to be in the grainy mobile phone footage of the newest Deadpool trailer. Somehow this received the most attention, and over the past few days we have now seen this trailer, which, of course, had a trailer to that as well! Why is the working so well? How come so many are dying to see Ryan Reynolds in a red jumpsuit, what’s the new big appeal? For those of you who have been living under a rock here is the first of two trailers that have appeared over the two days.
I love how confident it is in it’s own promise and awesomeness. The producers of this latest film know that it’s gonna be good so they aren’t afraid to say it. This is so true with the hero himself as Deadpool is a comic book hero who knows that he is a comic book hero. There is plenty of interaction with the popular culture that he fits into, as he constantly breaks the fourth wall, directly addressing the audience whom he knows to be his adoring fans. I admire the courage to admit that that Deadpool’s last outing on the big screen was completely off-key to what the audience wanted. There is hint an condoning “the studio that inexplicably sewed his f***ing mouth shut the first time”, which has been a long time coming. For those of you that didn’t know, Ryan Reynolds appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Wade Wilson, but the hero was a compendium of powers from other mutants, and the blabbermouth comedy which should’ve been funny was so lost in that film. They tried Deadpool too early in another big character’s film and payed the price for it. Now, director Tim Miller has the chance to rectify those wrongs and create the beloved comic book hero the way he was supposed to be. He’s kicked off with the confidence that he deserves a trailer to his trailer, so I think we can be sure that we’re off to a good start.
As promised, the main trailer came out today both green band and red band, the only difference between the two being a few more expletive jokes and a couple of shots of strippers. Whilst the green band clearly demonstrates the comedy that we should expect, the red band shows exactly what we want to see. Don’t get me wrong, I love our current array of hero flicks, but this one is going to have a load of crude and colorful gags that will make it truly unique to other superhero films that we currently see. I think “a testicle with teeth” has to be the one that made me chuckle the most. This approach let’s me know that we aren’t gonna hold back on the violence, language and explicit nature. We aren’t going to have any family friendly story lines or warm endings, it’s gonna be brutal, which is what a lot of audiences have been waiting for. The comedy aspect was creeping into recent films like Ant-Man but nothing is going be as razor sharp as Ryan Reynolds’ latest character. I want other people’s opinion on this, is there a slight dig at Reynolds’ previous superhero endeavour as The Green Lantern? “Please don’t make the super suit green or animated!”. After that car-crash of a movie, I think Reynolds will be keen to rectify himself to the comic hero fan base, and it can’t get any worse than his last outing as Hal Jordan, the thought of it still makes me wince.
So why is there so much hype? I think there is a need for Deadpool in current universe of polite and honourable heroes, it will be refreshing to see a lighter side to the superhero tale, although this time the comedy will be relentless. The higher age certification may give more grisly gore that has only really come up in films such as Kick-Ass and I really hope a Marvel character will be able to pull it off better than a teenage Aaron Taylor Johnson. Also, I think there has been so much promise of a film that there is a comfort in the knowing that it’s actually happening. There has been leak after leak of photos and footage and now some confirmation is what we’ve all been waiting for. All that’s left now is for Deadpool to deliver. There is so much anticipation that it really has to be good. I’m confident that it will be and I’m hoping that FOX don’t pull off any of the injustices that was wreaked upon Deadpool last time. For now, we have a whole six months to wait until it’s release on the 12th February, here’s hoping that the wait will be worth it.