Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin) is a lot of things – crude, violent, silly; nothing particularly new in the comic book-superhero movie genre. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a game changer. In Jump Cut #2, Oli argues its true genius will change the way you watch all other superhero movies. Watch the video below, or read the transcript beneath that.
A lot of people are going to say that Deadpool is revolutionary in the comic book movie genre. That we’re finally getting a grown up superhero film with cuss words and exposed bosoms. The sentiment is understandable – Marvel have dominated the last half-decade with Avengers movies and movies that build up to Avengers movies, which all cater to a family audience. They’re made to be watched by everyone, which means those specifically adult things we just mentioned – like the swear words and the violence and the boobs – are carefully zipped halfway up the chest on Marvel’s latex catsuit. The MCU is effectively Black Widow’s cleavage. Deadpool, however, literally shows you the whole boob.
Don’t worry. That’s the end of the boob analogy.
But those people – the ones who say Deadpool is the first answer to this – are wrong. There’s nothing new about adult violence and swearing in comic book fimls. Kick Ass did it all the way back in 2010, and then again in 2013 – along with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn’s movie Super (also in 2010).
But that isn’t to say the film isn’t revolutionary. It is, just not in the way people are saying.
Deadpool is an odd character. At first glance, he’s like any other superhero – a violent, foul-mouthed, dark-humoured mercenary diagnosed with late-stage cancer who is experimented on slash tortured to mutate super-healing powers.
Ok, so it’s not getting bitten by a spider, but that isn’t the weird part.
The thing about Deadpool is that – through reasons that are never fully explained – he’s aware he’s a fictional comic book character.
He breaks the forth wall, he physically moves the camera around, he mocks Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman – Deadpool is a fictional character making jokes about real life matters.
Your Captain Americas and Batmans are positioned as larger than life. You don’t interact with them. That’s one of the main attractions of superheroes – they’re better than us; in strength, in intellect, in…er…flying? But what happens when one talks directly to the audience?
The Marvel- or DC Expanded- or X-Cinematic Universe suddenly becomes reachable. It’s like a trans-dimensional portal opens up. Deadpool bridges that void between us and the Gods. Every time the Merc with a Mouth looks directly into the camera, the divide between viewer and superhero evaporates. He draws us in, and he brings the capes closer.
It might not seem that way when you’re watching it. These subversive consequences are buried beneath dick jokes and heads exploding.
But once you’ve seen Deadpool, watch another superhero movie as soon as you can. See if those titans onscreen don’t feel a little bit more real.
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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.
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Deadpool is set for release on February 10th in the UK and February 12th in the States and sees Ryan Reynolds reprising the role of the Merc with a Mouth alongside T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Weasel, Morena Baccarin (Gotham) as Copycat, Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) as Angel Dust, Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) as Ajax, Stefan Kapicic (24) as Colossus, Leslie Uggams (Roots) as Blind Al and newcomer Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead.