While there have been numerous films and television shows about superheroes, supervillains, and other notable comic characters over the past few years, one character who was noticeably absent for many years, to the lament of many of his fans, was Deadpool. Known to comic book readers as “The merc with the mouth”, the character finally made his first onscreen appearance in 2009 in a supporting part in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. A solo feature focusing on the character, however, seemed unlikely following the film’s release.
Despite this, however, test footage focusing on Deadpool found its way onto the internet last year, receiving a positive reception from many fans. While the footage was said to not be part of a film, an actual announcement of a standalone feature was soon made. Titled Deadpool, the film’s synopsis is as follows.
Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Ryan Reynolds reprises the lead role once again, with Tim Miller taking on directorial duties and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick writing the screenplay. Reynolds is joined onscreen by Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, and T.J. Miller, and a Red-Band and Green-Band trailer for the film have now been released. The film is set to hit theatres in the US and Canada on February 12th, 2016, and both trailers can be seen below.