It might surprise you that Ryan Reynolds is a big fan of the popular fourth wall-breaking Marvel character Deadpool, especially after his abysmal appearance as the character in the shockingly awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In fact, not only is Ryan Reynolds still a huge fan of the character, but he has been pushing to star in a full-on R-rated reboot staring a more true to the comics version of the “merc with the mouth” (whoever decided to remove his mouth in X-Men Origins needs to be fired- from every job).
It’s been an uphill battle for the character’s creator Rob Liefield and script writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for the past four years as Fox does not seem keen to back an R-rated X-Men movie, especially after Ryan Reynolds already starred in a recent superhero movie flop. It’s a shame since the script sounded excellent, and clearly understood the psyche of the character and the world he lives in (in which X-Men Origins exists as a movie that Deadpool hates).
Visual-effects producer Tim Miller and creator Rob Lielfeld have previously spoken of test footage that was shot with Reynolds to pitch the movie but it has never been seen by the public until today. The footage, supposedly revealed in 2012, definitely matches up with the previously known reports about the movie and indeed features the voice of Ryan Reynolds. Hopefully the footage becomes viral enough to get Fox’s attention again.