Comic book fans groaned when they saw 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of Deadpool. Instead of giving us a wisecracking badass with a penchant for breaking the fourth wall, the studios gave us a mute with claws embedded in his arms and laser eyes. If this was the way they were going to treat the Merc with a Mouth, we wouldn’t go watch this movie… despite having Ryan Reynolds as the perfect man to play the character.
Fast forward to 2016 and the movie is set to be released in just a couple of weeks! The most recent trailers have shown a lot of promise as it looks like we are going to get the Deadpool we all know from the comics to the big screen. The costume looks great. It looks like we’ll be getting a lot of violent action, profanity, adult antics, sophomoric humor as well as a lot of fourth wall breaking jokes, giving it an R rating! And the marketing for the film has been fantastic, featuring a lot of the offbeat humor that made Marvel’s smart-mouthed anti-hero popular within the comic book community.
If the trailers and the marketing of the film are any indication, I think Deadpool is going to be fantastic! As long as it does the wackiness of the comic any justice, I’m pretty sure comic book fans are going to have a blast watching it next week. The rest of the world, however, I’m not so sure… The problem with Marvel’s Deadpool is, well, he’s Deadpool!!
Think of this way: the general public may have gotten used to superheroes taking over the public consciousness. They’ve become huge since Marvel’s gamble of making really good flicks based on comic book characters paid off. Now, they’re not just in the funny papers anymore! Superheroes have invaded movies and TV. They’re currently basking in the glory of a resurgence of popularity. And they’ve set the standard on what the general public expect from a superhero flick. And, so far, every superhero movie and TV show has shown us a fantastic and believable world. Well, a world where a group of superheros can band together and take down a Norse god with an alien army as well as a legion of sentient robots bent on destroying all human life to save the planet.
Now, let’s look at the upcoming Deadpool movie and what the film has been promising with the trailers and the extremely well thought out marketing. In my opinion, Fox has done a really bang up job with the film. The oddball humor is there. The uber-violence is there. And Ryan Reynolds claims to be a huge fan of the character so I don’t think he’ll let down fellow fans of The Merc With A Mouth. It looks perfect because, from what I’ve seen so far, it definitely feels like a Deadpool movie! And totally not what audiences are going to be expecting! Now, they are going to walk in anticipating the copious amount of sex and violence since we’ve seen that in the trailers.
But will they understand Deadpool’s humor? Will the get the joke that he knows he’s in a movie and will, from time to time, turn to the camera and talk to the audience? I’m concerned that they might not enjoy The Merc With A Mouth’s uncanny ability to break the fourth wall. This is something that’s become an integral part of the character and why he’s become a cult favorite among comic book readers. We’ll totally get the joke and be on board with it.
But will general audiences take to it? I’m not so sure… The audience members may find it patronizing or just not funny since, well, they weren’t expecting that kind of humor in a superhero movie! They may be anticipating a film that’ll transport them to another world where they believe that Deadpool could be a real person. Their suspension of disbelief would just crumble each and every time he would do the very thing that made him popular!
Maybe my concern over this is me just being paranoid. I do hope the non-comic book reading audience will take a liking to Deadpool and his non-conventional style of humor, though. I really want the Fox’s Deadpool movie to be such a fantastic flick that they’ll be able to accept him breaking the fourth wall wholeheartedly. After the disaster that is Fant4stic, Fox needs it.
Do you think general audiences will enjoy the Deadpool movie? Let me know in the comments section below!