Chances are the above video has already been pulled by the time you get a glimpse at this. If so, do yourself a favor (if you haven’t already) and search for the “leaked” Deadpool test footage. Are you smiling yet? ‘Cause I sure as heck am.
Now die a little inside with the knowledge that this is probably as close to an actual Deadpool film as we’re going to get for the next decade. Why? Because 20th Century Fox – and Hollywood in general, for that matter – is not willing to release a hard R superhero flick, regardless of the overwhelming number of nerds (myself among them) begging for this thing to go into production. (And, no, it is has not actually been green lit yet. This test footage was created in 2012 to get a feel for Ryan Reynolds’ pacing and as part of a pitch to 20th century. Spoiler alert, it got shot down.)
At any rate, I’m not sure I want 20th Century Fox to make a Deadpool. I can just see them watering down our fourth-wall breaking, profanely psychotic anti-hero to avoid alienating the younger audiences. Secretly I’m hoping that eventually Marvel Studios will buy back the rights to Deadpool, grow a pair, and put this movie into production. It’s already been proven that obscure comics can generate a large audience. Cue Guardians of the Galaxy reference.
But until that day, I suppose this minute and half of pure awesome will have to suffice.
I sure hope someone green lights this movie, though, I gotta admit, I’m not a fan of Ryan Reynolds’ voice as Deadpool. My brain has always had a slightly gruffer voice attached to Deadpool. That being said, I’d rather it be Reynolds than nobody.
I have my hesitance about Ryan Reynolds too, more so because of his current track record in superhero flicks. But, at the very least, I’m not disappointed with how he’s handled the character thus far. Could definitely be worse.