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. (official synopsis via Flickering Myth)
Anti-heroes are in.
Some would say it’s because we live in a far more cynical age where there is little room for idealism or unalloyed blissful outlooks on life.
But I think it has more to do with the fact that we realise that even the most laudable of people, yes even superheroes, have their flaws and faults, and that this doesn’t diminish the good things they do by even one iota.
It’s a more realistic view of a fantastic world if you like.
And one that Deadpool, Marvel’s anti-hero par excellence, fits into perfectly with his deadpan wit, his dark outlook on life and his willingness to push the envelope of acceptability.
Ryan Reynolds looks like he’s going to bring him to life with all the panache, humour, darkness and humanity you could ask for, if these trailers are any indication.
Deadpool is the kind of character that’s guaranteed to not only bring in the Marvel fanboys and girls but also people like myself who like our heroes a little less perfect and whole lot more fallible.
Deadpool opens 11 February 2016 in USA and Australia.
And if you’re wondering if a man like Deadpool is capable of entering into the spirit of Christmas, then this video featured on Super Hero Stuff shows he is, well in his own unique way anyway …