Superhero movies are omnipresent now. Every year from now until probably 2050 a superhero movie will be coming to a theater near you. This idea turns many people off. Marvel and DC have flooded the market with superhero backstories, characters, and universes. I mean how many X-Men movies are there now? How many Ironman movies? Jeez, how many Hulk movies? All that said, I think you should go out and see Deadpool.
Deadpool is a movie that should not exist. Deadpool is a movie that was driven by the sheer dedication of comic book fans who love the "merc with a mouth." Deadpool is not a typical Disney/Marvel studio movie meant to sell action figures and lead moviegoers ever onward to another Marvel film. To start, Deadpool is rated R, which allows Ryan Reynolds to deploy a raunchy and bawdy brand of comedy that you may only see in Seth Rogen movies like Neighbors or Knocked Up. This is a comic book movie that ridicules superheroes and flips the genre on its head until there is nothing but a good time. So, just who or what is Deadpool?
Deadpool made an appearance in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the writers ultimately failed at bringing out the potential of the character. In comics, Deadpool is a wise-ass killing machine who loves to talk to his audience and go on a tangent. The character Wade Wilson is an all-world assassin that develops cancer around the same time he finds true love. He signs up for a government programs that ends with his face horribly disfigured, but his cells regenerate lightning quick. Following this accident, Deadpool or Wade goes out to seek brutal revenge on the man who disfigured him.
The budget for Deadpool was a reported $50 million. As superhero movies go, that is practically nothing. This really forced the filmmakers to focus on the characters and to let them lead the movie rather than a series of set pieces. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick co-wrote the movie and pushed hard at Fox for extra money. "Tim Miller, he kept putting his own company's money into the project to
help make it better. He was recruiting his friends, he was just sending
unsolicited email after unsolicited email to the point where he was
practically a stalker of the brass at Fox," Reese said. After five years, the film is about to hit theaters. This is a passion project for many of the people involved and I highly suggest seeing a new kind of superhero movie.
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