In a healthy move away from the overly grandiose or repeat origin story comic book films that seem to have flooded the market in the past few years, director Tim Miller’s new film Deadpool looks to shake things up a bit in the Marvel universe. Ryan Reynolds, portraying the film’s protagonist, seems a fitting choice as he is no stranger to movies centering around action, superheroes, or crassly outrageous humor.
The trailer follows him as he undergoes a transformation to superherodom gone wrong (somehow involving torture and facial deformation, in between playful prods at his captors) and what we can safely assume is his banter and headshot-filled journey to get revenge against those who wronged him, complete with iconic red and black suit plus dual wielded weapons. Supporting him is the forever sex-joke cracking TJ Miller of Cloverfield and Silicon Valley fame, a veteran of the tactlessly hilarious sidekick that will no doubt complement Reynold’s already irreverent performance.
Deadpool looks to be a breath of fresh, offensive, and gruesomely violent air that will hopefully regain the waning momentum behind the superhero genre after lackluster offerings like the (newest) Fantastic Four, which received an abysmal 9% on Rotten Tomatoes.
With few exceptions like Guardians of the Galaxy, superhero films of recent years have taken themselves far too seriously, replacing the charm and humor of comic books with the stoicism and auteurship of the silver screen. Deadpool‘s historically humorous character portrayals and unique trait of frequently breaking the fourth wall will likely draw a more mature audience, hopefully broadening its horizons for the kind of content normally disavowed from its family friendly, blockbuster comic movie predecessors.
Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12, 2016. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, and Gina Carano.