Sunday, August 9, 2015

First 'Deadpool' red band trailer brings the blood and the wisecracks

Deadpool is an interesting comic book property and an interesting film experiment on Fox's part, because it seems that it was almost exclusively made due to clamors from fans. Fox botched the character of Wade Wilson and Deadpool in the much-maligned X-Men: Origins- Wolverine back in 2009, and since Deadpool met his end during the climax of that film, it seemed that his Hollywood story was over. For many years, Ryan Reynolds (who played the character in Origins) discussed the potential of a Deadpool spin-off film, but nothing ever happened. But that all changed last year when test footage for an R-rated Deadpool film leaked. It sparked massive excitement from comic book fans across the globe and shortly after, Fox greenlit the film. There were some jokes about the film being PG-13 and then finally, on April Fool's Day, Reynolds announced that the film would be R. So after a long wait, the fans were finally getting what they wanted- an R-rated, bloody, f-bomb filled Deadpool movie. The first red band trailer for the film hit the web earlier this week. Watch the trailer and check out my thoughts below!

This is a very intriguing trailer, but despite how much I enjoyed the over-the-top violence and ridiculous humor, I'm still a bit worried about the film. My biggest fear about Deadpool is that it looks like a lot of fan service. From the Green Lantern joke to the triple headshot, it almost feels like Fox gave Reynolds and his team free reign to do whatever, for the sole purpose of getting the fans off their back. It all looks fun, but if the movie is a lot of pandering to the fans who wanted this movie to be made, it could be a serious struggle for general audiences. My other problem with this trailer is that the first half seems like a very conventional, straight-forward origin story. And then all of a sudden, the trailer shifts to being a gleefully violent romp accompanied with all of things that Deadpool fans love. Is that shift going to be jarring in the movie? Or was it just for the trailer? I don't know, but it was something that I noticed. All in all, I did very much enjoy this trailer and I think that Deadpool will be a refreshingly different superhero movie. It's probably what Fox needs the most right now after the epic disaster that was Fantastic Four. Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller, stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, Andre Tricoteux and Rachel Sheen, and will hit theaters on February 12, 2016. 

Image Credits: Cosmic Book News

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