April 02, 2015 | 1:16 p.m.

All kidding aside, ‘Deadpool’ will in fact be R-rated

“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds has confirmed the film will in fact be R-rated, doing so with an April Fools hoax that involved the wisecracking antihero himself. Hero Complex later verified the R-rating with 20th Century Fox. The fun all started Wednesday morning with a tweet from Reynolds’ account. He joked that the film would be rated PG-13, colorfully promising fans that it would still have a “ton of action” and “at least 3 chimichangas.” “Zero need to panic. I promise,” Reynolds tweeted. Though “Deadpool” is a superhero film, a PG-13 rating would still be a bit of a surprise, as Deadpool is a darker sort of comic antihero. The film is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his joking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers. The actor alluded to a months-long […]
March 27, 2015 | 11:49 a.m.

‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds looks cozy in suit reveal

Actor Ryan Reynolds revealed his official “Deadpool” get-up to fans via Twitter on Friday, with a dose of the Marvel character’s trademark wisecracking attitude. Clad head-to-toe in red and black, the star is seen laying supine on a fur and lit by a roaring hearth. “No bears were harmed in the making of this photo. Though many bears likely turned on,” Reynolds tweeted.  With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #deadpool #officialsuit @deadpoolmovie — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015 The photo serves as a reminder that 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool,” set for release on  Feb. 12, 2016, strays far from the path tread by superhero blockbusters to date. The film is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, known for a tendency to break the fourth wall and speak directly to comic book readers. The antihero, first portrayed by Reynolds […]
Feb. 13, 2015 | 1:28 p.m.

‘Deadpool’ casts Gina Carano opposite Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth

Gina Carano is set to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool,” which tracks the adventures of the mentally unstable mercenary, Hero Complex confirmed Friday. The actress and former MMA star, whose credits include the Steven Soderbergh action film “Haywire” and “Fast & Furious 6,” will play Angel Dust, a mutant created by Geoff Johns and Shawn Martinbrough who discovers she has the ability to increase her adrenaline to give her temporary bursts of superhuman strength. (Angel Dust first appeared in 2002’s “Morlocks” No. 1.) Carano’s casting was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this week, “Deadpool” star Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Deadpool’: Ryan Reynolds offers first look at Marvel hero’s mask

Ryan Reynolds is starring in Fox's "Deadpool." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the Tweet, referring to the film’s release date, slated for Feb. 12, 2016, exactly one year from now. The film, from 20th Century Fox, is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his wisecracking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers. Reynolds (“Green Lantern”) played a version of Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and has long been expected to headline a film based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth. Test footage for the project that leaked last year was met with praise and […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 3:24 p.m.

‘Deadpool’: Ryan Reynolds to play Marvel antihero in Fox film

It’s official — Ryan Reynolds will star in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool.” The “Green Lantern” actor had long been tipped to play Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth, but Fox confirmed Reynolds’ casting Thursday afternoon. Tim Miller will direct the film, which Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will produce. Reynolds first played the wise-cracking antihero in “X-Men: Origins — Wolverine.” In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex, Reynolds described his affection for the Marvel Comics character, who is both unstable and nearly impossible to kill. “With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day,” Reynolds said. “You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people […]
Sept. 18, 2014 | 5:47 p.m.

‘Deadpool’ set for 2016; ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed’ delayed

A comic cover for "Deadpool." (Jason Pearson, Ed McGuinness / Marvel)
Another Marvel superhero is coming to the big screen. “Deadpool” is officially set to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016, after Fox shifted release dates for several productions, including “The Fantastic Four” and “Assassin’s Creed,” on Thursday. “Green Lantern” star Ryan Reynolds, who played a version of the character in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” has long been expected to headline a Deadpool movie, but Fox did not immediately confirm who will take the role in the upcoming project. Meanwhile, “The Fantastic Four” reboot, originally slated for a June release, now slides into the Aug. 7, 2015, spot previously held by “Assassin’s Creed.” Directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”), “The Fantastic Four” stars “Divergent” actor Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic; “Chronicle” alumnus Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch; Kate Mara as Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman; […]
July 21, 2013 | 7:38 p.m.

Comic-Con: X-Men enter ‘Battle of the Atom’; Nightcrawler returns

A look at "X-Men: Battle of the Atom." (Marvel Comics)
Marvel Comics announced the launch of “Amazing X-Men,” which begins with the quest for the dearly departed Nightcrawler, and “Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe” during its X-Men panel Sunday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Amazing X-Men,” from writer Jason Aaron (“Wolverine and the X-Men”)  and artist Ed McGuinness, marks the return of the teleporting blue mutant who died heroically in the 2010 story line “Second Coming.” The title’s team showcases Firestar as a major character for the first time, editor Nick Lowe said, and also includes Wolverine, Iceman, Beast, Storm and Northstar. It’s been secretly in the works since around the time Aaron started “Wolverine and the X-Men” and will solve the mystery of the little blue Bamfs that infest the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning in that series. Lowe also suggested a connection between red Bamfs […]
April 08, 2011 | 4:40 p.m.

‘Deadpool’: Tim Miller targeted as director

Deadpool merc with a mouth
Is a viable “Deadpool” film finally coming into the crosshairs? Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of his dark ambitions for Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth”  and now Steve Zeitchik, who writes our must-read sister blog, 24 Frames, says there’s a director on board: According to two people who were briefed on the project but not authorized to talk about it publicly, visual-effects savant Tim Miller is set to come on and make his directorial debut with the movie. Fox could not immediately be reached for comment. Miller knows superheroes, and Fox knows him: The filmmaker worked on effects for the studio’s comic-book films such as “X-Men” and “Daredevil.” More recently, he worked on effects for the visuals-heavy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” You can read the whole piece right here. — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Feige: Captain America as moral compass […]
Feb. 19, 2011 | 9:27 a.m.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Deadpool still breaking the rules (and the fourth wall)

Deadpool capcom
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds A great deal has changed since gamers last pitted villains and heroes from the Marvel and Capcom universes against one another in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. That fighting game debuted in arcades—yes, arcades—in early 2000. Now, more than a decade later, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has arrived for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Here at Hero Complex, to prepare for the fray, we’re doing a series of posts looking at the game’s Marvel villains, their history and their combat moves. Today:  Deadpool “In the old days villains had mustaches and kicked the dog,” Alfred Hitchcock famously said. “Audiences are smarter now. They don’t want their villain thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with feelings.” Sure, […]
Oct. 27, 2010 | 9:57 a.m.

‘Deadpool’ may lock and load with unknown Swedish director

Our sister blog 24 Frames, a must-read for Hollywood scoops, has some insider info on the “Deadpool” director job…  Ryan Reynolds (Jay Clendenin/Los Angeles Times) The story that’s unfolded around who will direct “Deadpool,” the Ryan Reynolds movie based on the Marvel anti-hero, has been almost as colorful as anything that appeared in the comic book itself. Robert Rodriguez was going to helm it, then he wasn’t, then he was, and now he’s not.  But sources familiar with the project say a new name has emerged for the director’s chair, and it’s an unconventional one: Adam Berg, a heretofore little-known Swedish commercial and video director. Berg has never directed a feature before, but he gained plenty of acclaim with  “Carousel,” a stylish short (you can check it out below) made for Philips Electronics that won the prestigious Cannes Lions International […]
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