I know what you're thinking. This Deadpool photo is old. It's not. It's brand new. 20th Century Fox released the high-res version of the image after plenty of people pulled this same still out of the trailer that debuted earlier this month. It shows Wade Wilson suited up and showing off his firearm skills, as he soars through the air dispatching bad guys. If you feel a little cheated, we also included the official trailer, because we know you want to see it again!
Shortly after the red band trailer for Deadpool debuted at Comic-Con in July, star Ryan Reynolds told fans that the footage would arrive for all to see in exactly three weeks. True to his word, the actor appeared on TBS' late-night talk show Conan on August 5th to debut the R-rated footage. Shortly following the premiere, we went so far as to break down every frame of this trailer, and that's probably why the new photo feels so familiar.
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. Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as Wade Wilson, a.k.a. The Merc With the Mouth, which he first played in the 2009 superhero movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Joining the Merc With the Mouth is Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlyle, a.k.a. Copycat, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Ed Skrein as Ajax, T.J. Miller as Weasel and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Tim Miller directs from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, based on the Marvel Comics character created by Rob Liefeld. Ryan Reynolds has also expressed interest in reprising his Deadpool role in X-Force, which 20th Century Fox is currently developing, but we'll have to see if there will be a role for him in that project.
Deadpool was one of the big hits at SDCC last month, positioning the superhero movie to possibly become one of 2016's first big blockbusters at the box office, when it debuts February 12, 2016. The comic book adaptation goes up against How to Be Single and the Paramount comedy sequel Zoolander 2. The first trailer for Zoolander 2 debuted last week, which was also received positively by the fans, so we could have a unique box office showdown in the works next February.
Not too long ago, Deadpool was stuck in development hell at 20th Century Fox, until someone leaked the early test footage, which the fans responded to in an overwhelmingly positive way. It still isn't known exactly who leaked that footage, but Ryan Reynolds has even thanked this anonymous person publicly, acknowledging that the movie may not have been green lit if the footage wasn't leaked. While we wait for the next trailer to debut (or leak), check out this latest photo, along with both the previously released Red Band and Green Band trailers and image gallery. Then stay tuned for more from Deadpool.