- RatedM18 /GenreAction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
As the saying goes, third time’s a charm.
But for Ryan Reynolds, four might just be his magic number.
The Canadian-born actor has not had the best luck when it comes to comic book movies and he's been in quite a few of them.
2011’s ‘Green Lantern’ bombed, as did ‘RIPD’ two years later.
Before that, there was 2009's ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ where Reynolds first played mutant assassin Deadpool. The film did moderately well at the box office but it was panned by critics.
Comic book fans didn’t think too highly of the 2009 Deadpool either — it was just another movie villain and not a true depiction of the character.
“That Deadpool was just wrong,” Reynolds said, referring to the character in the 2009 movie.
“Although the Wade Wilson in the beginning was correct, the decision to take away everything that made him Deadpool was frustrating. I warned the studio it will come back to haunt them, and it did. But I think it haunted me more,” the 39-year-old actor said.
THE REAL DEADPOOL, FINALLY
Reynolds cried when he saw himself in the Deadpool suit for the first time | Photo: Fox
Reynolds returns to the comic-book movie for a fourth try as the acerbic red-suited alter ego of cancer-survivor and mercenary Wade Wilson with the new ‘Deadpool’ movie that is opening in Singapore on 11 February.
The actor has fans to thank for this second opportunity to finally bring an authentic representation of the character to light.
When test footage of Reynolds in character leaked on the Internet two years ago, the immense buzz that it received prompted 20th Century Fox to immediately green-light the film.
The movie, directed by Tim Miller, also stars 'The Transporter Refueled' actor Ed Skrein, 'Silicon Valley' actor T.J. Miller and 'Homeland' actress Morena Baccarin.
If positive reactions from early fan-screening are anything to go by, Reynolds might just have a winner here. Rated M18 with no cuts, ‘Deadpool’ might just be the most graphic and funniest superhero movie yet.
A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
Comic book fans have fervently embraced Deadpool since his introduction in 1991, appearing in an X-Men spin-off comic — ‘The New Mutants’ — before getting his solo series.
Witty, snarky and possessing super healing powers that rival Wolverine’s, Deadpool frequently breaks the "fourth wall" — he knows that he is in a comic book. This irreverence makes him the antithesis to the comic book superheroes that we are familiar with.
“We’re neck-deep in superhero movies right now but this guy is an anti-hero. He is everything those movies aren’t. We don’t play by the rules of the typical comic book movie,” Reynolds said.
It also helps that Reynolds feels a connection to the character. He was introduced to Deadpool in 2005 when a studio executive told him that he is the perfect person to play him in a movie. The exec gave Reynolds a stack of comics and after reading them; Reynolds thought that the character was a match made in heaven.
“He is a guy that filters pain through comedy and that is something I did as a kid growing up. He also has a keen sense of pop culture, making references about Justin Bieber or making jokes about everyone. I do that in my life as well,” Reynolds explained.
He added: “I just know this character better than any other character that I have ever played. That’s why I am so passionate about it for so long. It’s like my first language, and it just comes naturally.”
WINNING OFF-KILTER MARKETING
Like its titular character, the marketing campaign is unlike fans have ever seen: it doesn’t take itself seriously as well, and effectively capturing the essence of the character.
Unpredictable, super-meta and tongue-in-cheek, Reynolds and the marketing team at Fox have created a series of viral videos that insult Hugh Jackman and Australians (for Australia Day), made fun of the X-Men, a 12-day Christmas campaign as well as a recent one about testicular cancer awareness.
The movie opens on 14 February in the US: Valentine’s Day, and the film’s marketers have even positioned the movie as a romance flick (as a joke, of course) in posters and on their social media channels.
“When you have a character that is so off-kilter and funny, the way we promote the movie has to be equally funny as well,” Reynolds said.
“I had a lot of fun doing the movie and I hope that fans will be proud as I am about ‘Deadpool.”