Ryan Reynolds has already been involved in the DC Universe playing the lead role in the widely panned Box Office disappointment Green Lantern. But it seems that his passion lies with Marvel’s self proclaimed “mutant” mercenary Deadpool. Before September the prospect of seeing a Deadpool movie on the big screen was pretty much dead in the water. However, leaked test footage of Wade Wilson (Deadpool) – voiced by Reynolds – sarcastically, taking down a car-load of adversaries with self-referential commentary created major online buzz, and that became a game-changer.
Rob Liefeld – creator of the Deadpool character – has been quite vocal about the leaked test footage, and how it was a game-changer when it spread across the internet to universal acclaim. Perhaps after hearing Reynolds speaking in the third person action perspective helped the studio-execs at Fox understanding the concept behind the character a little bit more. In an interview Liefeld stated that the footage – and all the positivity from fans – was the “last and most important piece” to the Deadpool puzzle. As he states here:
“I had meetings on the Fox lot that following week [after the footage leaked], and that Deadpool footage was all the buzz. It had an impact. You could see it and feel it in the executive suites. It was palatable.”
“I absolutely believe that the leaked footage served as one of those signature moments when fandom united across all social media platforms and made their voices heard. Can you imagine if the masses had disapproved of the footage? In this ruthless take down culture … it could have been ugly. Fortunately for all involved, it broke on the overwhelmingly positive side. It was a tidal wave of unbridled enthusiasm.”
So, that happened and then questions were asked such as: would Tim Miller still be directing? would Ryan Reynolds still be playing the titular character? would the film be R-rated…etc. Well, as it turns out, two of those questions have now been officially answered as Tim Miller has signed on to direct the film and now the news has come out that Reynolds has just signed on to play the lead role in the movie which is scheduled for a February 2016 release date.
As a tease today after it was announced he had signed a deal with Fox, Reynolds posted this image on his Twitter with the caption “Um… it’s chimichanga time.”
“It’s chimichanga time” is a reference to Deadpool’s favorite food – deep-fried burritos. The image depicts the characters head made up of spent bullet cartridges, with duel captions at the bottom, typical of Deadpool’s competing inner-and-outer monologues from his comic book appearances.
This will mark the second time that Reynolds has portrayed Wade Wilson, having played the character in 2009s X-Men Origins: Wolverine (…best just forgetting about that incarnation of the character, in fact, …best just forgetting about the movie as a whole actually!). The film remained in developmental hell for a good couple of years, but thanks to some leaked test footage, and a great response from fans, we are now going to see Deadpool on the bigscreen. Let’s hope they don’t mess it up.
Here’s the test footage for anyone who has been living under a rock… enjoy!
Deadpool will star Ryan Reynolds with Tim Miller directing, the release date is set for Feb. 12, 2016.
Via – TheHollywoodReporter