‘Deadpool’ is really, truly, happening, and filming begins in March
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the upcoming Deadpool movie is actually just a mirage. It was always a longshot (no pun intended, X-Men fans… look it up, everyone else) for a film based on the Merc with a Mouth, and the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn’t do the potential spin-off any favors.
And yet, here we are, with a real, honest-to-god Deadpool film on the way. Ryan Reynolds is confirmed to return and everything.
And still, it’s hard to believe that the movie is happening. It will get a little more believable come late March though, when the film begins to shoot in Vancouver, BC, according to Global News.
That said, the film still has a lot of questions surrounding it. Reynolds is the only actor officially confirmed, and first-time feature director Tim Miller has been with the project for a while now. But those are about the only names attached. With filming starting in March, casting needs to get a move on.
There are a few rumors to work with though. In 2012, Reynolds and Miller helped to create a bit of test footage for the film. It, along with the movie, seemed to disappear into the deep well of Hollywood limbo. Then in 2014, the footage was released, and it was so well received that Fox greenlit a movie. The studio even agreed to the R-rating to accommodate the gore.
The script is said to be based on a run of the comic written by Joe Kelly in the late 90s. It features a man named Ajax who is killing Weapon X experiments, working his way up to Deadpool.
The movie will also feature the Deadpool fans know and love from the comics. He will be a smartass, frequently breaking the fourth wall, speaking directly to the audience.
The movie may also feature a smattering of X-Men characters from the other films, given that Deadpool will officially be part of the established X-Men universe. Odds are that it will in some way connect to X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits theaters on May 27, 2016.
The big question is how – or if – the film connects to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Part of what made that movie so dumb is its treatment of the character of Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool. If you, mercifully, haven’t seen that movie, all you need to know is that the film portrayed Wilson as Deadpool… but he had no mouth. It was literally sealed shut. The character is known for his mouth, and yet the film depicted him as not being able to speak. It was a complete contradiction of the character, and showed a tone deaf understanding of Deadpool.
The recent X-Men: Days of Future Past may hold the answer to that. Thanks to the time travel, anything is up for a retcon.
Deadpool will hit theaters on February 12, 2016.