On Thursday, 20th Century Fox and Marvel Comics announced that the long-awaited Deadpool film has been green lit for a February 12, 2016 release date.
Fox announced that director Tim Miller will direct the film, which is a spin-off of the X-Men movies. Miller’s best known work was as a VFX artist on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This will be his directorial debut.
Ryan Reynolds is rumored to reprise his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, which he played in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, sharing screen time with martial arts expert Scott Adkins as the transformed Deadpool during the film’s climax. Reynolds has been attached to a potential Deadpool film for years. Although there hasn’t been any confirmation that the studio wants Reynolds to return, there is strong speculation that he will land the part.
Deadpool is one of the most popular anti-heroes in Marvel comics. A mentally unstable mercenary with a disfigured face and the ability to heal rapidly, Deadpool is best known for his talkative nature and constantly breaking the fourth wall.
Many fans liked Reynolds’ portrayal of Wade before his transformation in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the version of Deadpool that was featured in the climax was negatively received. Comic book fans blasted the film for butchering the character, specifically the fact Deadpool didn’t look anything like the Deadpool in the comics. From his mouth being sewn shut to possessing various powers of mutants, powers that Deadpool doesn’t possess, fans were outraged at the disappointing interpretation of such a popular character.
The green light for Deadpool comes after test footage of Reynolds voicing Deadpool was leaked on the Internet back in July. The video was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
If Reynolds does reprise his role as Deadpool, and it’s highly likely he will, there’s good news: this version of Deadpool would be rebooted. The events of X-Men: Days of Future Past rebooted the X-Men universe, meaning what happened in X-Men Origins: Wolverine never happened.
Following this announcement, 20th Century Fox shuffled around its release roster, bumping their film adaption of the popular Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender from August 7th, 2015 to sometime in 2016. With the free date in August, Fox decided to bump it’s Fantastic Four reboot from June 19th to August 7th, 2015. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox is hoping that Fantastic Four’s new August release date will prosper as Guardians of the Galaxy did this year. Filling in Fantastic Four’s vacancy will be the film adaption of Paper Towns, which is based off the book by John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars).
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