My guess is only a handful of people here are actually even vaguely familiar with who Deadpool is both as a transitioning superhero and as a genuine comic book icon. There's far more to the character than you would initially think based on varying levels that no other character has even come close to becoming so I thought I'd post the following to see if it can help fill in some of the blanks...
There's a specific reason comic fans are so excited for not only this movie but if it does well it could well be representative of opening the flood gates for taking the already overly familiar superhero movie genre in an entirely new direction.
I once owned the very first appearance of Deadpool in NM #98 and although he was refreshing to say the least I'd never of dreamed of just how insanely popular the character would become years down the line. This is made all the more surprising by the fact he was illustrated and created by one Rob Liefeld who had once been viewed as one of the biggest jokes working in the comic book industry due to his unorthodox, rushed and often just plain fukcing terrible illustrative style. He could create the odd piece that was actually amazing looking and looked as if it had time and effort put into it but these were few and far between.
Adjusted thread title for the previews they've now set up in release week. At the Empire chain they're doing their regular merchandise tie-in with a large Deadpool-branded popcorn tin and a drink combo for £8.50.
20th Century Fox made a lot of fans happy when it granted permission for director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds to go all out with an R-rated cut of Deadpool, and last night during a special screening of the movie in London, T.J. Miller revealed that the X-Men spin-off will receive a director’s cut which will be “even more raw” and “pretty heavy duty”
Confirms I'll be waiting for the Blu Ray. Not that I was going to see it in the cinema anyway. Also makes me think that Fox doesn't have high hopes for the theatrical release, so is getting already trying to get people amped up for the home video release.