I never paid much attention to Marvel’s Deadpool until last year. I initially thought that he was one of those annoying comic book characters that geekboys latch on to like Lobo or Spawn who you saw EVERYWHERE back in the 80’s and 90’s. It also didn’t help that smarmy twat Ryan Reynolds (I’d be smug too if I had put my tongue in Scarlett Johansson’s mouth, pussy and asshole!) has been pushing for a Deadpool movie for years and actually played Wade Wilson (Deadpool’s real name) in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009 although he was barely recognizable from his comic book counterpart in that shitty film.
The rights to Deadpool have been at 20th Century Fox, who also made/released the X-Men and Wolverine movies (and Daredevil 2003…..*shivers*), and the fan community has been concerned if the studio could keep from fucking up a DP movie. Then there was the issue of any eventual films MPAA rating because the Deadpool comics are NOT designed for children what with their graphic ultraviolence and sexual content.
Backstory: Wade Wilson is a smart ass mercenary/assassin (“The merc with a mouth”) who gains regenerative powers through the Weapon X program, designed for experimentation on mutants in an attempt to harness their powers. The problem is that, although he is able to regenerate from wounds, he also suffers from psychosis and is horribly scarred due to the cancer he was stricken with at the time he underwent the WX procedure which also regenerates and spreads across his body, leading him to don his familiar disguise, a Spider-man mask he found and turned inside out. Despite the horrific backstory, the Deadpool comics are comedies while Wade breaks the fourth wall and knows that he’s a character in a comic book.
But I didn’t know any of this until last year when a short “proof-of-concept” trailer, that was made back in 2012 by Visual Effects Artist Tim Miller and starring Reynolds, was leaked to the public in July of 2014 to much acclaim. This is what caught my attention and got me interested in Deadpool. I read a few of the comics and really enjoyed its anarchic and irreverent tone (really LOVED Night of the Living Deadpool for obvious reasons to those who know me) while it was nice to see a comic not aimed at the kiddies. The short film even got me excited about Reynolds who has starred in a string of bombs lately, including 2011’s adaptation of DC Comics Green Lantern, while I also normally consider him a massive douchebag whose films I avoid.
As a result of the overwhelmingly positive response to the footage, Fox greenlit Deadpool for a 2016 release while filming just started in March. Even more encouraging is that it was just announced that the movie is aiming for an R-Rating. This is very surprising given how adverse to R-rated movies the major studios are these days and positively shocking as it was 20th Century Fox who gave the go ahead!?! Fox had been notorious for shitting all over comic book fans (X-Men 3, X-Men Origins) while they’ve also made a deliberate attempt to cut the balls off some of their most famous franchises, specifically Alien and Predator, not to mention that almost every R-rated film/series from the 80’s has been given the PG-13 remake treatment over the last 15 years (Die Hard, Robocop, Terminator, Total Recall etc…).
But things seem to have been taking a turn for the better at Fox as its studio head fuckstick, Tom Rothman, was shown the door after running the studio for 18 years from 1994-2012. The only good thing I can say about that worthless cocksucker is that he managed to marry Jessica (Phantom of the Paradise) Harper, otherwise I’m sure he’ll do just as good a job over at Sony as Jon Peters and Peter Guber did back in the 90’s.
With Rothman’s ass on the way out, Fox actually made a GREAT X-Men movie in 2011 (First Class from Director Matthew Vaughn) and while I initially hated Bryan Singer’s return to the franchise, mainly because I wanted Vaughn to return with his lighter approach, in hindsight Days of Future Past is a solid film that effectively deleted Brett Ratner’s fuck awful X-Men 3 from the series continuity which gives it a big plus. Even better was last year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the 2011 series reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was the best movie of 2014 and a near fucking masterpiece! The idea that Fox could have produced such a fantastic science fiction film would have been unimaginable just five years ago. Just a superbly crafted movie on every level.
Anywho, it seems that with Rothman’s departure, Fox is on an upswing while their commitment to an R-Rated Deadpool shows that they’ve got some smart people that are actually listening to the fans who didn’t want the movie to be watered down. I’m sure it also helped that Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, which Fox distributed, was an R-rated comic book adaptation that made 370 million on an 81 million budget. Sure, Kingsman didn’t gross a billion dollars but it DID make 4.5 times its budget and that’s good business especially when you factor in future Blu-Ray and DVD sales. I also doubt that Kingsman would have broken through if it had been PG-13 since the rampaging violence was one of the things that people enjoyed. Studio’s that chase billion dollars PG-13 hits are constantly at risk of putting out 150-200 million dollar bombs. Better to go after smaller but steady profits and if Deadpool, which reportedly has a low budget, is a good movie then it will pay off in the long run while making movies for both children and adults is a smart strategy.
I’m sure that doesn’t cross Disney’s mind as the last few movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been PG-13 AND made a fortune. But it’s disappointing that the MCU doesn’t seem to include anything for an adult audience. By consigning yourself to a PG-13, you limit the types of audiences you can reach. Let’s not forget that it was 1998’s Blade (Reynolds would later co-star in the shitty Blade 3) that launched Marvel with a bang and was a viciously violent Horror/Action film that has garnered a cult following along with its first sequel. They reminded me of really good 80’s style action movies/franchises that ladled on the blood and gore (The Terminator, Robocop, Predator, Die Hard, Leathal Weapon etc….) which made those types of movies soo much fun. There’s also a great deal of adult oriented comic books out there (several high profile ones having been adapted such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, 300, Sin City, From Hell etc…) that could benefit from a big screen treatment while some excellent non-superhero/action movies (Ghost World, American Splendor) have been derived from that medium as well with plenty of great books still on the shelf.
I think Disney/Marvel had a prime opportunity to broaden their scope and do an R-Rated flick by making a spin-off film of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character from the MCU and fucked up big time by not doing one for multiple reasons. Firstly, the Black Widow was the only female member of the Avengers, at the time, and also the only one who doesn’t have her own franchise (fuck Hawkeye and that fugly gimp Jeremy Renner, he can suck off Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible movies until the end of time!). Secondly, if they had done a BW movie for, say, late last year, Marvel could have beaten DC/Warner Bros. to the punch since a Wonder Woman movie has already been announced. Finally, in 2014 Johansson starred in the Sci-fi action film “Lucy”, Directed by Luc (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) Besson. It cost 40 million and grossed 458 million worldwide, 11.5 times its budget. That is a massive success by anyone’s measure and I’d be willing to bet real money that it was due to Scar-jo’s post-Avengers career boost (similar to how the Captain America and Thor sequels also dramatically increased their profits compared to their first films) which Marvel/Disney fucked up by not capitalizing on.
Oh and did I mention that Lucy was R-RATED! That’s right, a 40 million R-rated action film was a huge success which flies in the face of Hollywood’s logic/justification to make PG-13 movies because “R-rated movies don’t make money”. Lucy wasn’t even a good movie, it fucking sucked, and it STILL made fucking bank! Imagine if Besson had been hired to do a Black Widow movie (he would have been the PERFECT Director for it) and had a really good script AND convinced Scarlett to show her tits, ass and pussy as she did in Under the Skin!?! If it was shot in 3DD theaters would’ve had to install giant windshield wipers to get all of the cum off the screens!
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “CTM, you just want everything to be filled with sex and violence loaded with nudity and gore”……….And that’s a bad thing? The way I look at it, the USA has shipped its manufacturing base off to slave labor countries such as Mexico/China/India and no longer excels at anything anymore apart from morbid obesity and stupidity. So why not become the world leader in filthy and degenerate entertainment just the same way that Germany realized after two wars that world domination wasn’t their thing and are now the number one exporter of shiza porn because if you’re going to do something, BE THE BEST AT IT!!!FACT!!!