Deadpool is the fictional antihero created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist/writer Rob Liefeld, and published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in The New Mutants #98 in Feb. 1991 (Which means the film was released exactly 25 years after Deadpool's first appearance). Initially Deadpool was depicted as a supervillain when he made his first appearance in The New Mutants and later in issues of X-Force, but has since evolved into the role of an antihero. He was named as an homage/parody to Slade Wilson, aka the mercenary Deathstroke from DC Comics. Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factorand physical prowess. He is known as the "Merc with a Mouth" because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to create humorous effect.
In May 2000, Artisan Entertainment announced a deal with Marvel Entertainment to coproduce, finance and distribute a film based on Deadpool. In February 2004, development for the film began with New Line Cinema. However, in March 2005, New Line Cinema put the film in turnaround and 20th Century Fox became interested. In May 2009, 20th Century Fox lent the film to writers, and in April 2011, Tim Miller was hired to direct. A 3 minute test reel was shot in January 2012 in an attempt to convince the heads of the studio to move forward with the movie. On August 1st 2014, the footage was released to the public, and based on the overwhelmingly positive response from fans, the film finally began production. The footage was so popular that part of it was recreated for the actual film. Ryan Reynolds is such a fan of Deadpool, that he was lobbying for a film since 2005. Reynolds was involved with revising the script with the writers. Cast members were allowed to improvise in some scenes. Reynolds describes Deadpool's "breaking the fourth wall" ability as a reflection of his wit: "He's funny and acerbic and a little bit of a head case. But he's also not trying to be liked, he's intentionally trying to annoy everyone". On April Fool's Day 2015, Reynolds posted on Twitter that the film would be rated PG-13, which prompted fan backlash as the Deadpool character often swears and commits acts of graphic violence. Later that day, Reynolds confirmed that it was a prank and the film would be R rated. In December 2014, Reynolds was confirmed to reprise his role as Wade Wilson / Deadpool. In February 2015, Gina Carano was cast as Angel Dust. In March, T. J. Miller was cast as Weasel, while Morena Baccarat was cast as Vanessa Carlysle. Later that month, Brianna Hildebrand was cast as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. In April, Ed Skrein was cast as Ajax. In July, Leslie Uggams confirmed she will be portraying Blind Al. Daniel Cudmore was approached to reprise his role as Colossus from the previous X-Men films, but declined when he learned that he was not being asked to voice the character as well. Instead, Stefan Kapičić will voice Colossus, with Andre Tricoteux providing the motion capture performance. Principal photography commenced in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2015 and ended in May.
The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, and Leslie Uggams. The cast gave spectacular performances, with Reynolds as the film's stand-out as the "Merc with a mouth". After the two bombs that were Green Lantern (2011) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), he has fully redeemed himself in this role that he was born to play. Each cast member brought their unique flair to their roles and scenes, especially Miller who brought the film's comic relief and the some of the best jokes I've heard in a long time.
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Also, see my review for X-Men: Days of Future Past.