San Diego Comic Con brought many things for the comic book loving community to talk about, but one of the most confusing and enticing pieces came in the form of test footage for the long awaited Deadpool movie. Deadpool is a Marvel property ripe for development over at Fox and fans seem to want it. But what does the Deadpool test footage mean? If anything.
First off, here are the facts. The video came courtesy of Tim Miller, who has been attached to direct the project for quite some time, and Blur Studio. According to Comic Book Resources, the footage was done back in 2011. Ryan Reynolds was very clearly the one voicing Deadpool in the mostly CG footage. Reynolds also portrayed the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The alleged script for the film, which was penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick of Zombieland fame, is going to lock the film in at an R rating. It is said to stay very true to the character of Wade Wilson in that it will be humorous, violent and it will break the fourth wall, meaning he will address the audience in the movie. It will be very aware of itself, much like the comics
The test footage seems to confirm this, as Deadpool addresses the audience several times throughout. Also, it was extremely violent and action packed, even if it was under two minutes long. The reaction has been largely positive.
With that said, it is hard to say what this test footage really means for the future fate of the Deadpool movie. It does mean that at one point at least, the studio and film makers had enough faith in the project to commission the footage. However, that was back in 2011, so that could mean the project has flat lined since.
Late last year Empire reported that both Miller and Reynolds were confident that the film was moving forward.
“Deadpool is still alive and we’re just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly f****** awesome film this would be. Ryan is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready, we just need that elusive green light!” Miller said.
Reynolds also spoke on the state of the film.
“In its current iteration the movie’s actually very small. There’s minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we’re kind of presenting it to them. We’re saying, ‘Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do it the way that it should be done… (with) a rated-R?’ It needs those elements,” Reynolds said.
Nobody attached to the project has commented since the footage leaked, but while some of the footage has been pulled, an HD version of the footage has leaked and remains up for all to see. This is the most curious detail. Often times studios will pull the footage very quickly if it’s something they don’t want out, but now there is a high quality version up and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Nobody really knows what the fate of Deadpool really is, but this footage, if nothing else, shows fans that if the film is green lit, this is what they can look forward to.
Be sure to watch the footage below.
YouTube video courtesy of NeoSe7ens
What Does The Deadpool Test Footage Mean?