Merc With A Movie
After a five-year wait, Deadpool is finally getting his own movie. Yes, the only good thing to come out of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (well, in the first ten minutes) is getting his moment to shine, and the most surprising thing about it is that Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star in it.
Well, actually, it’s not that surprising. After Green Lantern failed to ignite the DC universe on screen and R.I.P.D. absolutely crashed and burned last summer, Ryan Reynolds needs Wade Wilson way more than Wade needs him. But it’s perfect casting. Reynolds’s snark and sense of humor is a perfect fit for Deadpool, and if the test footage is to be believed, we’re in for one hell of a good time in 2016.
Speaking of that test footage, is this the first time that leaking test footage for a potential film has worked in getting the movie green lit? I think it might be. It’s kind of astounding when you think about it, and shows that Fox maybe underestimated the appeal of Wade Wilson. Deadpool is a character that probably has more fans that aren’t comic readers than ones that read his monthly series. I know when I worked in a high school he was the first character that kids brought up when talking about superheroes, and it was quickly followed by “hey, why doesn’t he have a movie”?
Hopefully the test footage is an indicator of the Deadpool we’re going to get on the big screen. Deadpool may seem like a pretty simple character at first, but he’s actually pretty difficult to nail down (just look at some of the many Deadpool comics that are out there). In fact, that’s one of the reasons why I’ve never been able to stay with a Deadpool monthly book for very long. After a while, his schtick gets old for me. However, some writers, like Joe Kelly and, to a lesser extent, Daniel Way, have had great success in writing the character as a Bugs Bunny like character, always being underestimated by his enemies when he’s in fact one step ahead of them. I think this version of the character works best, and provides the most laughs. I’ve also loved Rick Remender’s use of the character in Uncanny X-Force, and in fact, when Wade’s on a team, I think he shines best. However, many Deadpool writers fall into the trap of overusing many of his gimmicks, including his constant breaking of the fourth wall (looking at you Victor Gischler). Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan’s recent run has been pretty entertaining, but even then I started to lose interest at the eighteen-issue mark.
What I’m trying to say is this: yes, the idea of a Deadpool movie is great. And if the test footage is any indication, it could very well be awesome. But the producers and director need to be very careful that they don’t overdo the fourth wall breaking, constantly yapping Merc With A Mouth. But who knows, maybe we’ll get one of the best comic movies of all time.
Or Ryan Reynolds will be doomed to never make a good comic book movie.