Deadpool Ryan ReynoldsFor those who have been waiting for Ryan Reynolds to play Deadpool on the big screen since 2004’s Blade: Trinity — or perhaps even as far back as the late-90s sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place — the good news is that the first trailer is finally here. A red band trailer has been released as well. The bad news is a.) some of the jokes may have been sitting on the shelf since the late 90s, and b.) Fox may have set Deadpool up for failure with an extremely low budget. Right now it’s time to strip out the raw emotion of seeing the “Merc with a Mouth” in his own trailer and determine what looks promising and what does not.

Colossus DeadpoolIt seems undeniable that Ryan Reynolds has put in 100 percent effort into the role. The guy was basically born to play Deadpool, and since he’s in shape — and finally has a worthy costume — it’s hard not to smile whenever he is on screen. (I would still love to know the name of the Fox producer who gave Deadpool a generic costume and sewed his mouth shut for 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.)

With that said, there are some question marks raised by the trailer. Does it take place in the late 90s or early 2000s? What was the production budget? Can Deadpool succeed if Fox technically green-lighted the movie while simultaneously setting it up for failure?

Consider this: Why are there “Posh Spice” and “Rosie O’Donnell” references? Unless part of the movie takes place well over a decade ago, those jokes seem incredibly dated. Is the DMX music and the Salt-N-Pepa reference another movie flashback, or are the writers just letting Generation X Deadpool fans know that this movie is primarily for them?

Part of the problem with finally seeing Ryan Reynolds in the merc’s costume is that he’s been playing watered down versions of Wade Wilson on television and film for almost 20 years. On some level the new Deadpool movie has the same vibe as Axl Rose’s 2008 album “Chinese Democracy.” The album was actually pretty good — but it still felt like a product that was released too little, too late.

The other potential problem with Deadpool is its budget. Mr. Reynolds told MTV in January:

“We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make.”

Ryan Reynolds gets an ‘A’ in Diplomacy 101, but at the end of the day one can’t help but wonder if Fox kneecapped Deadpool’s creative team and then said, “Okay, now go make a hit movie!”

Whether Deadpool is good or bad when it comes out in 2016, Ryan Reynolds and everyone who believed in this film should be given credit for essentially willing it into existence. They moved a creative mountain (or two) just to get the fools at Fox to allow the movie to be made. For that the writers, director, actors, and crew deserve a round of applause.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

12 comments

  1. Ryan Reynolds gets an ‘A’ in Diplomacy 101, but at the end of the day one can’t help but wonder if Fox kneecapped Deadpool’s creative team and then said, “Okay, now go make a hit movie!”

    Nonsense. Like RedLetterMedia has pointed out (and I do believe), “art comes from adversity.” The most infamous example would be Jaws – a film mired in technical and budget problems, yet look at the final result. From the challenges, art was born.

    For a clearer example, compare the original star wars movies (which had budget and filming difficulties) to the prequels (which were unrestrained by either). One group stands as classics of film, the other punchlines to two generations of jokes.

    Now do I think Deadpool will end up as some classic of america film? Lord no and that would miss the point if it ended up as one. Merely that artists, like any people, work best when put under pressure and challenged. Of the marvel cinematic universe, who should be the low-budget, b-grade movie but Deadpool? The challenge of making it, will make it better just as all the best Marvel movies (Iron Man, Avengers, Guardians) were born of their their own challenges.

    1. Nonsense.

      You seem to be reacting to a point that I never made. Yes, “necessity is the mother of invention,” but it is certainly the case that a studio can kneecap a movie by not giving it necessary resources.

      Robert Rodriquez made El Mariachi for $7,000. Yes, that’s seven thousand. I get it. I know that a little can go a long way. But if Fox gave Deadpool a $7 million budget, then would you still say, “Nonsense”? I don’t think so.

    2. lol Touche.

      Though I read Furious D all the time (everyone should) so budget numbers strike me as a kind of meaningless, especially as they have been inflated worse than Zimbabwe because of Hollywood foolishness.

      Actually a Deadpool movie for 7mil… that could be even funnier if they turned it into a kind of superhero art house film that then proceeded to take the piss out of superhero movies AND art house films (like Deadpool would). Let’s make this movie, Doug!

      (no seriously, what is Deadpool’s budget?)

    3. Box Office Mojo doesn’t have Deadpool’s budget listed. It would be interesting to know.

      My guess is that the movie is going to be much better than it probably deserves to because it’s such a labor of love. They can probably do something action-wise along the lines of John Wick — an awesome movie shot for $20 million.

  2. I was one of the lucky few to see the leaked version of the comicon trailer. They actually cut a few things out of the official version (such as an insult/nod to Rob Liefeld, the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, and Wade calling Colossus a “big chrome c*ckgobbler” as well as some interaction with him and Nega Sonic)

    1. Jeremy Jahns reviewed the trailer and mentions the deleted scenes. What follows in the comments section is the longest conversation on what it means to call someone a “c**kgobbler” that I have ever seen. 🙂

      Here is my personal opinion based on my time as a mechanized infantryman many years ago: The people complaining about the term “c**kgobbler” would have lasted about 5 minutes in the Army before their heads exploded. How weird is it that we’ve reached a point where people are actually calling to censor Deadpool? I guess it’s okay if he offends people as long as the “right” people are offended. Sigh.

  3. I don’t know. I’ve always enjoyed Deadpool as a character quite a bit, but it’s hard to say how you would make a good movie. I think the best stuff with him is the stuff from the run of his ongoing that Blind Al comes from. But that run leans fairly heavy to the tragic side of things. I’m not really sure how you can do that balance in a movie — we want to see him crack jokes and such, but what really works with his character is the tragedy. The jokes are a way to cover his deep pain, sadness and loneliness. But that’s a real downer in a movie with fun, crazy explosions and violence.

    I didn’t find the trailer especially funny, I guess. Just saying nasty things isn’t really that funny. Having people react like normal people would, rather than movie people — that was funny in Guardians of the Galaxy. But having Deadpool just do vulgar stuff just because, well, that didn’t work in Blade 3, and it isn’t working that well for me here either. I want the movie to be good, but it’s hard to imagine a satisfying Deadpool story you can tell in 90 minutes.

    1. This is actually one of the best responses to the trailer that I have seen on multiple websites, Eidolon. 🙂 I think you have many valid concerns and only time will tell if the writers were in tune with your spot-on advice for what would make a good Deadpool film.

      I didn’t find the trailer especially funny, I guess. Just saying nasty things isn’t really that funny.

      This is an astute observation, and unfortunately not one that enough people get. So, for instance, instead of calling Colossus a “chrome platted c**kgobbler,” why not come up with a stinging joke that would penetrate his armor and expose a deeper truth about him that would rile him up?

      The other problem with Deadpool these days, to me, is that he was created in a time before Facebook, Twitter, etc. These days, every online clown acts like Deadpool. They may not actually be funny…but they try to duplicate his schtick. In a digital marketplace where we’re used to people making snarky comments just to draw attention to themselves, how does a Deadpool movie stand out? It needs to be really funny and the jokes can’t just be mean for the sake of being mean, as you said.

    2. Ironically the thing that would make the Colossus joke work, and actually make sense for Deadpool, is taking it as a fourth-wall breaking joke about how the Ultimate universe Colossus is gay — but if people took it that way they’d probably demand it be removed (as it may already have been).

      The Ryan Reynolds thing is odd, though — I mean, Deadpool isn’t really known for being vulgar, he’s known for being inappropriate. Spider-Man jokes until things get serious — Deadpool jokes while people are dying and he’s been repeatedly shot and stabbed and he’s hanging off the side of a cliff and the villain is about to crush his skull. Since he can’t really die he’s free to not take serious situations seriously, the way other people have to do. Sure, Deadpool says vulgar things, but it’s more about saying things that are out of place for what’s going on. This feels more like a Ryan Reynolds dream movie than a Deadpool movie to me.

      There are really two versions of Deadpool in a lot of ways — troll Deadpool, and tragic Deadpool. It’s hard to do troll Deadpool in a movie called “Deadpool,” since it requires him to be in the middle of serious situations other people are dealing with (see many of his X-Men appearances). Tragic Deadpool is a leading man, but isn’t fun for an action movie because his story is very dark and he can be a real downer.

      For example, in the run Blind Al comes from, Deadpool kidnapped this old woman and forces her to live in his house. The implication is that he’s so lonely that he’d rather have someone there when he comes home, even if he knows they’re there against their will, than come home to an empty place every day. And the fact that she’s blind is a pretty obvious commentary on how he sees himself. He’s so ugly only a blind person could be expected to put up with him, even against their will.

      There are moments of comedy with Blind Al, but the underlying situation is very dark. I don’t think you could do that with a movie version, and troll Deadpool doesn’t work well as a lead, so I’m not sure how you make it work. What I see in that trailer is that they’re just making a Ryan Reynolds movie starring his character from Blade 3 as the lead. But again, I’d love to see this movie be good, and I hope it will be.

    3. What I see in that trailer is that they’re just making a Ryan Reynolds movie starring his character from Blade 3 as the lead.

      Are you bugging my home? 😉 I had a remarkably similar conversation with my wife last night.

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