“What if I told you we can make you better?”
So, the first trailer for Deadpool has arrived…and I am heartily impressed! The teaser for the teaser trailer had me excited and in stitches, especially after the reference to Deadpool’s first movie appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (“from the studio that inexplicably sewed his f**king mouth shut the first time!”). When a studio is willing to admit it made a mistake in a film, you’ve got to give them credit. It restored some good will. After the actual teaser trailer, I think all of my good will has been restored! Here’s the trailer:
First of all, the film looks like it will be the perfect antidote to the era of superhero saturation. With Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros going full steam ahead with every comic book property they have, and superheroes being rebooted left, right and centre (Spider-Man will be having a third incarnation in the space of a decade!), there is approaching a time of audience exhaustion with the superhero genre. It’s a golden era for comic book fans, to be sure. And Deadpool is a comic book film itself…but, of course, Deadpool is no ordinary comic book character. He breaks the fourth wall, criticising comic book conventions along the way. At a time when all superhero films mostly follow the same formula (even Kick-Ass, whilst attempting to subvert the comic book norms, still had a happy ending with the hero defeating the bad guy and getting the girl), Deadpool is a necessity to rock the boat and usurp audience expectations!
“You may be wondering why the red suit? That’s so bad guys can’t see me bleed!”
Whilst not familiar with the comic book, my first big taste of Deadpool came from Lego: Marvel Superheroes. He couldn’t swear or reduce bad guys to a bloodied pulp, but his constant quips (“and remember kids, don’t eat yellow snow!”), purposefully awful puns, fourth wall breaking had me in stitches on several occasions. Now, with the ability to swear and murder bad guys, the movie Deadpool had the potential to be the full package. From the look of the trailer, Deadpool is the full package! Ryan Reynolds seems to be the perfect match for the character. Like Chris Evans had to endure The Human Torch before becoming a great Captain America, Reynolds had to endure Green Lantern before becoming what seems to be a great Deadpool!
From the red band trailer, the film looks to be on the ultraviolent side, which will be a welcome alternative to the sanitized violence of the 12A comic book film. Who doesn’t like a bit of the old ultraviolence? Obviously, Deadpool doesn’t have a Batman/Spider-Man aversion to killing bad guys! The humour is also extreme and perverse, from the metaphors about Wilson Wade’s face (“You look like Freddy Kruger face-f**ked a topographical map of Utah!”) to Deadpool sniffing the smoking barrels of his double pistols and saying “I’m going to touch myself tonight!” The tone looks to be almost perfect!
“You are haunting!”
Of course, there’s still a lot that could go wrong with the film. It could rigidly stick to superhero conventions whilst mocking them, like Kick-Ass. For once, let’s see a relatively unhappy ending! Let’s see the hero fail to get the girl! There could be a reliance on ultraviolence and humour over story and character. There’s always the problem that breaking the fourth wall can go terribly wrong and reflect badly on the film.
But, as always, it’s a case of wait and see. For now, I for one am exciting to see the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ on the big screen! And not the atrocity that we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine!