The 12 Days of Deadpool all led up to the second full-length trailer, which was delivered as an early morning Christmas gift yesterday. Now, director Tim Miller and producer Simon Kinberg have joined with Empire to provide a complete breakdown of this new sneak peek. Together, the filmmaking team take us behind-the-scenes for a compelling look at what could be star Ryan Reynolds' crowning achievement.
Deadpool is less than two months away, which many still can't believe. The Marvel X-Men spinoff was stuck in development hell for years, following the character's less-than-well received debut in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But a leaked spool of test footage was greeted by fans with open arms, and convinced 20th Century Fox to move forward on the hard R rated superhero epic. To celebrate it's February release date, Fox, working alongside Ryan Reynolds, launched the 12 Days of Deadpool, which saw the release of several Wade Wilson inspired goodies over the course of the past two weeks. This all led up to yesterday's big trailer. And that footage kicks off with Deadpool delivering a line about Christmas. Many believed this was dubbed-in dialogue that won't be featured in the movie. But that's not true. The film actually has a Christmas theme, even though it will be a few weeks removed from the holiday when it arrives in theaters. Says producer Simon Kinberg.
"I guess I would say - without ruining anything - it's Christmas for his character. But his character isn't necessarily connected to all of the reality of our world. But we did plan the film to be a heartwarming holiday classic - we had to work Christmas in there!"
Director Tim Miller goes onto explain that this latest 3 minute teaser is meant to ease fans into a world that is much different, perhaps even 'shockingly' so, from any Marvel superhero previously brought to the big screen. And it is a movie that has a lot of interesting characters never before seen on the big screen. This includes both Gina Carano as Angel Dust and Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Here's what the director had to say about Angel Dust's appearance in the trailer, which comes near the end in what is already a classic scene.
"Gina was amazing. She's a little like the Hulk, in that the angrier she gets, her adrenaline sort of activates this super strength. So the angrier she gets, the harder she fights and stronger she is, so that's her power in the comics and we try to play that up a little bit in the fight sequences. In hindsight, I can't even imagine considering an actress who didn't have the kind of history that Gina did, because just on our budget level and the way we wanted to do these fights to keep them grounded there was no way that a stunt person could step in and do what she did, which was just incredibly physical. She would do these scenes with the stunt guy and then we'd take him out and she'd do them by herself so we'd have these clean actions and it was amazing. She's got photographic reflexes and every fucking take she was going all out. It was great."
Tim Miller then went onto talk about Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead. The character is somewhat obscure, and unknown by general fans of the X-Men movies. And she will be fighting against Angel Dust after it's understood that the woman is just too much for Colossus to hand. The director explains.
"I think Deadpool wishes she'd keep her mouth shut more than she does in the film! Because she's quite snarky. But, you know, her whole attitude is this disaffected teen who thinks Deadpool's just a douchebag. And so that's her whole attitude. She's really not that silent in the film or at least she's silently surly because she just can't be bothered to engage with this asshole. That's the basics of her personality: silently shaming, judgemental personality. Her power, I mean, we chose her because we wanted a trainee for Colossus in the film and the writers and I just fell in love with her name. It's just so out there and so Deadpool and it was Grant Morrison who named her, so we knew we had to get her in there. And then we thought, well, we're going to need to make her powers fit with who she feels like she is in the movie and so to me it's just like other characters in the Marvel universe, like Nitro, for instance, whose power is to just explode parts of their body. But we did try to do it so that it wasn't just a simple, 'oh, I can explode', she can transfer the force of the explosion down so she can move upwards - she can put it into a punch if she wanted to. So it was really just her fist exploding as she hit somebody. we tried to mix it up, even though we didn't use that particular thing in the movie, but it was the idea. Actually, we did use it in the movie, it's just not in the movie now!"
The director and producer go onto praise T.J. Miller's work as Weasel in the movie. And they promise there will be a gag reel on the DVD, which should arrive sometime in the summer. It's possible that the lines we've heard the comedian deliver in the previous two trailers may get rotated out for the final cut of the film. In this latest footage, we are also introduced to Blind Al, played by Leslie Uggams. Her role is very similar to what we see in the comics. The director had this to say about her inclusion in the trailer.
"She plays a role similar that she does in the comics, although in the comics it has some darker aspects as to why she's with Deadpool that we don't really explore, but I think she's great. And it's funny, because we filmed all the stuff in the apartment - that was the first stuff we filmed, it was the beginning of our shoot - and for the first time, I mean, for me, even living with the script for so long, I really just felt this love for Wade as the character because I could see their interaction and 'I like ya'. Ryan's likable in and of itself, he can be doing horrible things to children and you would still like the guy, because he's just that nice. But, in this case, Deadpool does some things that are hard to stomach and not normal things that heroes would do, but to see their relationship was a really, really beautiful thing. And I think where it falls in the movie really makes us root for him even more because he's going through this horrible thing but he still has very human scenes with [Al]. And Leslie's just fucking amazing. She would do anything, I mean, I would go, 'ok, Leslie, say "sounds like you've got a dick in your mouth"', and she'd go, 'sounds like you've got a dick in your mouth'! There was no restraint. She would just do whatever was needed to get a great shot and a great scene. I love her, one of my favorites."
We see more of Colossus in this latest trailer. As we learned last week, Stefan Kapicic has stepped in to replace Andre Tricoteux as this X-Men character. And it's through Colossus that Wade Wilson becomes connected to Fox's bigger Marvel universe. Other references to the X-Men will be few and far between in the finished movie. Here's what Miller had to say about utilizing Colossus to his full capacity for this adventure.
"We got a big old fight with him in the third act which is great. He's always been one of my favorite characters just because he's just so visually impressive and you know, when you're a comic book reader, the writing's important, but also you want these incredible looking characters and action and I always loved him from my early days collecting comics. But to me he was always this giant behemoth, and to do it as sort of a normal-size guy didn't seem to fit the character, and more importantly I think we got a lot of value out of him being larger than life and, you know, this fantastic physical presence in - and I mean fantastic like otherworldly - this otherwise very grounded film. And he really connects us to the X-Men universe too which is a good thing in small doses."
The movie is set in "a pre-post apocalyptic Detroit", at least according to the script. And it is set apart from the X-Men universe by its story that deals with crime on a much smaller scale. The film will also be a lot funnier than any previous X-Men or Fantastic Four movie. And we get to see that much in the trailer. And the action-packed romp will decidedly break the fourth wall whenever it is deemed necessary. About that, director Miller had this to say.
"I didn't have any trouble with it at all. I guess if you didn't know the character and feel like that was the right way to handle him, it could be a little difficult to figure out where and when to deploy it, but because I knew Deadpool did that and I was comfortable with it - it was one of the things I liked about him - we tried to do it. I mean, it was built in from the get-go, so it was kind of planned. We did go back when we did some additional photography. We liked it so much that we got even a little more. And we tried to use it more for an opportunity to just lay down exposition on people which I think is cool. Because you could use that as a crutch, but I don't think we did at all. I'm sure I'm going to get skewered by fans for one thing or another. But he's really complicated and there's stuff we couldn't - like the schizophrenia is a big thing in the comics, but you couldn't really explore that in the film. It was just too much to load into an origin story, an introduction.
One aspect of the Wade Wilson character being left on the cutting room floor is his schizophrenia. The team behind the movie just felt it was, 'too much to load into an origin story." The film itself is an origin story, a love story and a revenge tale. Which makes it perfect for Valentine's Day. The film focuses just as much energy and attention on the relationship between Vanessa (who will become Copycat in a later sequel) and Wade. Director Tim Miller and producer Simon Kinberg have quite a bit more to say about the character, which you can read here. And if you missed them yesterday, or just want to watch them again, here are the brand new green and red band trailers for Deadpool. Are you a little more excited now then you were just five minutes ago?