Though we've been treated to plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and a teaser trailer, we really haven't seen much from Deadpool at all. And that's because the filmmakers are being very stealthy in the way they are marketing this Marvel superhero movie. Right now, it appears as though the entire story takes place on a bridge, during a shootout. While this scene is a key action set piece, it is only a vary small part of the adventure. One of the major elements at play, which we haven't seen too much of, is the inclusion of X-Men character Colossus. Some believe he's in the movie for just a mere cameo, to appease Mutant fans and get them into the theater. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld says that's not true. We'll actually be getting quite a bit of Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin on the big screen this February. Rob Liefeld had this to say about his inclusion.
"You guys have seen a glimpse of him in the trailer; at San Diego in Hall H, they showed a little bit more of Colossus. You are going to love Colossus in Deadpool. He's in it a good amount; he doesn't just walk through the movie."
Piotr Rasputin has the ability to transform his body into organic steel, and is one of the most powerful X-Men to ever fight for Professor X. Colossus was originally introduced on the big screen in X2: X-Men United, played by Daniel Cudmore. The actor would go onto reprise the role in both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past. He was even asked to return for Deadpool, but the actor declined the offer. The Russian mutant will now be played by Andre Tricoteux in a performance that is mostly motion capture. The extent to which he is included in the story, and his role in the plot, have not yet been revealed. But it should be exciting for longtime X-Men fans, however it plays out.
Deadpool is a movie that has been a longtime coming. Ryan Reynolds has been attached to play the title character of Wade Wilson since 2004, when a solo movie was set up at New Line Cinema. While he did eventually get to play the character in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, many fans thought the film did a disservice to the Merc with a Mouth. This new movie has been promised ever since, and only got off the ground with the help of a leaked VFX test reel. When shooting actually began earlier this year, it was a big deal for all invloved. Speaking with GQ, Ryan Reynolds shares how they marked the occasion.
"I made sure we marked it...Like, we just started rolling, and I was like, 'No, no, hold on.' We went in the other room and we huddled up: 'We're making this movie! We've been trying to get this movie made for six f***ing years, and here we are. We're doing it right now. Just remember this second. Just take a moment to be thankful for that.' And then we all went out and just started shooting and dicking around and had some fun."
Ryan Reynolds is no stranger to superhero movies. He first appeared in the Marvel sequel Blade: Trinity, before moving onto the title role in Green Lantern. That DC Comics movie was supposed to set up a franchise, preceding the DCEU we know today. But as we all know too well, the movie was a substantial bomb. How did Ryan Reynolds take that experience, and turn it into a positive one for Deadpool?
"Deadpool was different because there wasn't a big budget attached to it. There was not a tremendous responsibility to meet some kind of bottom line. Those kinds of superhero movies when you're out front, there's a vast and quite frightening budget attached to them. This one had a super-reasonable budget, and it was subversive and a little bit different, and to me a little refreshing in the comic-book world. But you always have trepidation. When you're out front, you have trepidation."
What would be happening right now had Green Lantern been the hit Warner Bros. expected it to be? Ryan Reynolds teases,"I think I would be probably in prep for Green Lantern 3 right now. That sounds about right." He then went onto talk about superhero fatigue. It's not something he believes in. He explains.
"It's a genre. There are good horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good comedies and bad comedies. Think of it like that. Think of it less about just superheroes. I do believe that they explore similar archetypes a lot, so I think that notion can be somewhat fatiguing, maybe. I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn't just that it's funny or isn't just that it's rated R. The meta aspect is very important. So I think Deadpool's coming along at the right time, because it's also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it's speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree."
Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. You can take a look at Rob Liefeld's comments in this video.