It was only a few days ago when test footage for a Deadpool movie, directed by Tim Miller, leaked onto the Interwebs. Blur Studios, the folks who put the short animated video together, have uploaded the hi-def footage for all to enjoy. You can find the video and 74 screenshots after the break. [UPDATE: Sorry that we don’t have the hi-def video anymore, it has been removed from the Internet per studio request.]
Regardless of the quality, this test footage has sparked a ton of positive buzz that will hopefully kick Fox’s butts in gear to make this dream a reality. The tone is there, and Ryan Reynolds is just a perfect fit – we can easily forget X-Men Origins: Wolverine ever happened. I’ve only read Deadpool in Marvel’s Civil War saga, but it would appear Tim Miller has captured the character very well. And the animation department at Blur Studios did an excellent job as well. DailySuperhero got an exclusive interview with the creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefield, regarding the test footage. He confirms that it is the test footage that was shot three years ago and that Ryan Reynolds did motion caption for the character too.
“Fox had released a relatively small budget for Tim to present his vision of the script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Tim is a master of the short film format, his Star Wars shorts and trailers for their video games are outstanding. Tim’s Blur Studios is an amazing outfit, home to over 70 artists under his direction, it’s Southern California’s own Industrial Light and Magic.
“The digital costume over Ryan Reynold’s motion capture (Mo-Cap) performance was an approach they wanted to explore and they had a relatively small window to create this short so they opted to ‘test’ the look of a digital Deadpool costume over Ryan. I’m quite pleased at how it turned out, especially considering Baraka-Deadpool from Wolverine Origins.”
Liefield is uncertain what kind of impact this reel has had over at Fox, but we can cross our fingers that this has had a positive impact.
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If you’re unfamiliar with the character, here’s the skinny on who exactly Wade Wilson aka Deadpool is, courtesy of Wikipedia:
A disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary, Deadpool originally appeared as a villain in an issue of New Mutants, and later in issues of X-Force. The character has since starred in several ongoing series, and shares titles with other characters such as Cable. Also known as the “Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool is famous for his talkative nature and his tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect.
Deadpool’s primary power is an accelerated healing factor, depicted by various writers at differing levels of efficiency. Artificially endowed by the Weapon X program, this enables him to regenerate any destroyed tissue at a super-human rate as well as making him immune to all known diseases. An unanticipated side effect was an acceleration of the cancerous tumors he was suffering from at the time, causing them to quickly spread across his entire body. Because of this, his healing factor supercharged his cancer, resulting in massive scar tissue causing his appearance to be severely deformed.
Deadpool is not coming out to a theater anytime near you, but you should start a petition or something to make it a reality. Isn’t that what Kickstarter is for or something?