Deadpool is perhaps Marvel’s most humorous character. The origin of this very odd character is in and of itself a complete joke. Deadpool, who also goes by his real name Wade Wilson, was created by Marvel Comics in February 1991 as a humorous rip-off of DC’s resident masked mercenary assassin Deathstroke, or Slade Wilson. See what they did there? However, over the years many writers have given Deadpool the full blown sitcom flair in the comics. Deadpool’s powers consist of regeneration, which allows for many “Wile E. Coyote” type physical humor gags, as well as a quick wit and “comic awareness.” Basically, Deadpool has the very original power of being aware that he is in a comic book. He speaks directly to the reader and often jokes about every single thing that is occurring, and because of this original and hilarious style, he has become a staple of Marvel.
So why hasn’t Deadpool been seen on the big screen, despite a poorly received few minutes in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine?” Truth be told there had been a plan for several years to do a Deadpool solo film. It had gotten so far as to have a full script written by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and even had Tim Miller, visual effects director for “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to direct, but as is sadly too often the case in Hollywood, the production somehow kicked the bucket. Whether it was because of a ratings dispute (Deadpool is often depicted as a more R rated character), lack of funds, or lack of interest, we won’t know.
Pre-production did seem to be well under way. However, rumors were swirling as far back as 2011 that test footage for the film had been shot and that the footage used was very true to the comic book and incredibly funny. But for three years, nothing was heard from the project and it was assumed dead. However, earlier this year the long rumored test footage was revealed to be true, when the scene was leaked onto YouTube. Upon seeing the footage, the public was blown away. Fan response was huge and petitions for Fox to bring the movie back into development were popping up everywhere.
After seeing the outcry, Fox decided to release the footage itself in a new HD version, as a feeler to see if the hype would continue to grow. Sure enough it did and even more people were wanting some Deadpool in their lives.
In the days that followed the position of Fox completely turned from ignoring the leaked footage to using it as essentially a trailer for the production, which was now starting to gain steam yet again. Over the next few weeks, more news kept coming out of Fox stating that the film was back on track to be made, that Ryan Reynolds was again in talks to play Deadpool and that they were going to try and make it a part of their already well established X-Men universe.
The fan reaction was overwhelmingly positive, as most of them had no idea why the production was ever stifled in the first place. Now, the reality is setting in for them with a release date of February 12, 2016. It is certainly one of the best cases of fan outcry bringing a film back from the dead, much like the regenerating “Merc with a Mouth” that will get people flooding to the theaters in 2016.