‘Deadpool’ changes the superhero film genre

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The movie “Deadpool” was based off the Marvel comics ‘Deadpool’ that have been on stands as early as his first appearance on The New Mutants #98 in 1991.

After many years of waiting, “Deadpool” has finally arrived with Ryan Reynolds returning to reprise the role of the “Merc with the Mouth.” Reynolds made his debut as the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” but was received negatively after sewing the character’s mouth shut and changing him entirely. In 2014, test footage for “Deadpool” was released online with Reynolds as the titular anti-hero and many people were begging for this movie to be made. After many clever marketing tactics for this film and the effort that went into making it, the bar is now set high for any other superhero movies coming this year.

Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is a mercenary who spends his nights protecting teenage girls from would-be stalkers. He meets an escort, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), and they fall in love, but their relationship hits a screeching halt when Wade gets diagnosed with terminal cancer. He meets up with a recruiter to “rid him of his cancer” and make him even better.

In the process his cancer is cured, but he winds up being disfigured, turning him into an anti-hero with a dark and twisted sense of humor who can’t die because of regenerative powers. Wade decides to suit up as Deadpool to get revenge on the ones who put him through all the torture and did damage to his face.

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Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) takes a look at his plan of attack for his next target. “Deadpool” is one of the first R-rated superhero films to hit the big screen since “Blade” and “Punisher” movies.

From beginning to end, this movie has no dull moments — it is fast paced with action, humor and a compelling story. It also has one of the greatest opening credits sequences not only for a superhero movie but any movie in general.

Reynolds knocks it out of the park as Deadpool, showing that he actually is having fun playing the role, which makes audiences get behind him as a character. One of the many things that made Deadpool such a great character was his ability to break the fourth wall. Translating this on the big screen was a challenge but the filmmakers and Reynolds succeed with flying colors, poking fun at “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Reynolds’ past failures. A few X-Men characters make an appearance in this movie such as Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), who has a Russian accent unlike in previous films, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), who adds a dynamic in Deadpool’s adventures that make it fun and not forced.

This movie definitely earns its R-rating and even pushes that boundary. This is a superhero movie for adults, and kids shouldn’t be allowed to see it because of the graphic violence, strong language and explicit sex scenes. The character of Deadpool portrayed in this film and comics is a lot different than how he’s portrayed in the cartoons.

“Deadpool” officially sets the bar for superhero movies in 2016 with great action, story, Reynolds’ passion for the character and a strong cast, making it not only worth seeing in theaters but also deserving of multiple viewings on the big screen. This film was also Tim Miller’s first as director, and he knocks it out the park as it will have fans waiting for the sequel.


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Jonathan Garcia

Jonathan Garcia is the Entertainment editor for the Del Mar College Foghorn. He has been with the Foghorn since 2012 as one of the paper’s entertainment writers. He is currently a journalism major but after receiving his degree, Jonathan hopes to become a critic for movies and video games due to his incredible passion for both. You can reach Jonathan at jgarcia@foghornnews.com or follow him on Twitter @jonathan10894.

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