Ryan Reynolds plays former Special Forces operative-turned-mercenary Wade Wilson. After being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, he adopts the alter ego Deadpool. With his new abilities and a twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
I saw the Red Band trailer first, so there’s some sex, graphic violence, and adult language that’s been edited or cut from this trailer. But it still stays true to setting up the gritty, comedic tone that Deadpool is known for. I’m pleasantly surprised at how much of the comics origin story appears to be at play: Vanessa Carlysle, Blind Althea, Weasel, Ajax and the Weapon X program…. and hello, a surprise X-Man!
If we’re being critical, the trailer is actually really vague about the plot. Wade has cancer in multiple areas of his body and his girlfriend (Morena Baccarin of Firefly fame) Vanessa promises to stand by him. Desperate not to die on her, Wade agrees to an experimental program that promises to make him a superhero. There’s a pretty great burn issued to Reynolds’ previous role Green Lantern: “Don’t make the supersuit green. Or animated!”
The trailer remains vague about what the program involves, but it makes it clear that Ed Skrein is the bad guy. There’s some vague torture, and then a mysterious explosion. And then we have Deadpool as Deadpool, killing the crap out of people and quipping along the way. And yes, absolutely breaking the fourth wall with a serendade from DMX.
I personally recommend watching both the Red and Green band trailers to get a fuller idea of what to expect from the Deadpool movie. I’m just happy that both trailers show Deadpool unmasked: because after the incident that made him what he is, Deadpool isn’t a pretty guy. The program succeeded in giving him super abilities, including healing, but not in the way you would expect. He heals wounds at an accelerated rate, but his cancer isn’t cured, giving him the scarred appearance.
So if the sarcasm and violence didn’t clue you in, you know this is going to be a very different superhero movie. In addition to Reynolds and Baccarin, Deadpool stars Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, and Brianna Hildebrand. It hits theatres February 12th, 2016.
My lingering questions are – what’s up with Baccarin’s Vanessa? We see her with shorter hair in the club with Wade, and later having sex, but these scenes are clearly before he dons the trademarked red suit of anti-heroism. Does she die? Is there going to be any nod to her own abilities as Copycat? How do Colossus and Supersonic Teenage Warhead fit in?