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July 30, 2014 6:52 PM   Subscribe

Test footage from a Deadpool project looks to be awesome.

As this is test footage, it is entirely possible that it won't actually end up in a movie or videogame, but even on its own, it's fairly fucking brilliant, and a much more accurate view of the character than we've been given by the big screen so far.
posted by quin (60 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is weird, because Vimeo had a higher-res version of this last night...

Can anyone tell me who "Hi, Tom!" is aimed at?
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 7:06 PM on July 30


The Fox CEO at the time Tom Rothman, the guy that would be the one to approve the movie.
posted by Peccable at 7:11 PM on July 30 [9 favorites]


Vimeo has a higher-res version of this last night...

They still do.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:22 PM on July 30 [5 favorites]


Oh my holy heathens, if they do make a whole movie like that? TOTAL WIN!!!!!
posted by daq at 7:27 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


I spent my first watch trying to figure out how often the Deadpool character was completely CGI. I guessed about sixty percent of the time. I thought that was weird.

Then I watched it again and realized the whole thing is CGI.
posted by EmGeeJay at 7:28 PM on July 30 [7 favorites]


It looks promising.

Joss Whedon should be doing it.
posted by clockzero at 7:34 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


I know it probably will never happen but I want to see an animated or live action Deadpool where he sounds like Demi Moore after gargling gravel. That's how his voice is described in the comics anyway and it adds something. As long as I'm dreaming, a barely concealed homoerotic tension with Cable, and a subtext of being a horribly mutilated possibly amnesiac walking blob of cancer barely clinging to sanity would also not go astray.
posted by Grimgrin at 7:35 PM on July 30 [4 favorites]


I didn't notice the goons in the SUV were not only CGI characters, but exactly the same CGI character cloned four times, until maybe the third or fourth time I watched it. Overall, I thought the whole clip was maybe a little too video-gamey looking, but I think they nailed the tone of Deadpool as a character.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:36 PM on July 30


Ow ow ow ow ow.
posted by arcticseal at 7:36 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


Oh my holy heathens, if they do make a whole movie like that? TOTAL WIN!!!!!

Well, hopefully they'd have movie CGI budget, not test footage CGI budget. And actor money instead of voice actor money. And better jokes. But generally, yes.
posted by kafziel at 7:38 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


Homoerotic Deadpool movie with Cable is the only thing I want ever.
posted by Ouverture at 7:40 PM on July 30 [7 favorites]


hopefully they'd have movie CGI budget, not test footage CGI budget. And actor money instead of voice actor money.

Save your money and get Nolan North to do it. He did the voice in all the Marvel Vs. games, and last year's Deadpool game.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 7:52 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


I have my wallet out. It's up to you Fox whether I spend the money on this movie or one by your competition.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:38 PM on July 30 [4 favorites]


The crayon drawing was pretty badass.
posted by Jernau at 8:39 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


Deadpool wasn't asking me to find a special brick in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, so it was a bit out-of-context for me.

(Play LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. It's great.)
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:45 PM on July 30 [4 favorites]


Joss Whedon should be doing it.

I love Whedon, but quippy characters are tar heroin for him. I fear he'd be unable to restrain himself, and bear in mind that I'm well aware that I just spoke of exercising restraint while writing fucking Deadpool. That's how nervous that idea makes me.

Bear in mind that if it never happens, Rocket Raccoon is basically Deadpool with a tail.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:50 PM on July 30 [9 favorites]


This made me think of a sort of Saints Row/GTA type game where you play as Deadpool, which sounds pretty fun to me. I keep trying to get into the Deadpool comics because I saw that one panel where he's talking about slash fiction with Spidey while they climb a building but I can't find what issue that one is from and none of the ones I've tried reading have been that hilarious.
posted by NoraReed at 9:09 PM on July 30


When his voice got agitated he sounded like Monarch's Henchman 21. Kind of appropriate.
posted by Space Coyote at 9:10 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


Save your money and get Nolan North to do it. He did the voice in all the Marvel Vs. games, and last year's Deadpool game.

Ryan Reynolds is already cast, and he's honestly great for the part. That was his voice there. I just mean have the money to have him actually be in a suit and have a live cast, not just five minutes in front of a mic.
posted by kafziel at 9:17 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


And now I've got Angel of the Morning stuck in my head.
posted by homunculus at 9:43 PM on July 30 [4 favorites]


clockzero: "Joss Whedon should be doing it."

Joss Whedon shouldn't be doing my laundry.
posted by Sphinx at 9:57 PM on July 30


Joss Whedon shouldn't be doing my laundry.

I agree. Not doing your laundry leaves him free to continue making wonderful movies and tv shows.
posted by kafziel at 9:58 PM on July 30 [9 favorites]


(Play LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. It's great.)

I think the Lego games have gotten lots better lately, with Undercover and Batman 2. I hear that, in Marvel Super Heroes, a Lego Howard The Duck is a playable character.
posted by JHarris at 10:23 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


Lego Howard The Duck.
posted by JHarris at 10:32 PM on July 30


The best thing about the LEGO Marvel title is that it ignores any and all borders between the various franchises because of weird licensing deals Marvel did back in the day. So not only do you get characters like Howard the Duck, Silver Surfer, and Black Panther, they manage to get the X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man interacting on screen at the same time.

One of the best pictures from Nerd Prom: Brian Posehn's image of Deadpools vs. the creative team.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:25 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


I love Whedon, but quippy characters are tar heroin for him. I fear he'd be unable to restrain himself

I have to admit, I was favorably impressed by him directing Avengers to think he might have learned some balance. Also, his fight scenes are both epic and character building.

Also, I love Deadpool. I mostly know him through gifs on Tumblr, but he is totally my bo. I really should think of picking up his comics, but I think I might settle on Storm instead because she rules me.
posted by Deoridhe at 11:30 PM on July 30


I also terribly want to make a Gothic Rococo crossplay of Deadpool, because he is a pretty, pretty princess.
posted by Deoridhe at 11:32 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


Avengers was okay but other people have done work with the MCU characters that's been better than okay. Mostly it's that Cap is my favorite of the A-list MCU heroes and Whedon doesn't write him all that well. Also, for all the benefit he's been getting from being all "progressive" and shit, Avengers didn't even pass the Bechdel test and it, like everything else in the MCU, underutilized the hell out of Maria Hill.

Whedon hasn't done anything great since Firefly, and since Firefly there've been plenty of shows that do what it did better than it managed. He does fun stuff with his little side-projects, like Doctor Horrible and the recent Shakespeare movie, but his Big Stuff just isn't good enough to be noteworthy.
posted by NoraReed at 11:45 PM on July 30


> since Firefly there've been plenty of shows that do what it did better than it managed

List, please. Thank you.
posted by seraphine at 11:57 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


Battlestar Galactica, Veronica Mars, Leverage, Orphan Black and Avatar: The Last Airbender all pull off stuff that Firefly does decently better than Firefly did, plus Gilmore Girls if you can count stuff that was running concurrently with it. If you give me a list of the stuff you liked about Firefly I can probably find shows that'll hit each point.
posted by NoraReed at 1:21 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]


His Shakespeare movie was terrible. Like high schoolers reading it aloud in class. There, I said it.

On topic, Ryan Reynolds has wanted to play Deadpool basically forever, and the first Wolverine movie doesn't count. I enjoyed the hell out of this, so here's hoping.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 1:37 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]


Also, for all the benefit he's been getting from being all "progressive" and shit, Avengers didn't even pass the Bechdel test...

Yet it was still a very good movie with excellent female characters. Applying the Bechdel test to it is says something, but not very much.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:44 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]


I'm not a Deadpool fan. I'm not even sure I get why people love the character (see also: Doop), but damn, this does look like a movie I would enjoy seeing.
posted by Mezentian at 2:40 AM on July 31


Also, for all the benefit he's been getting from being all "progressive" and shit, Avengers didn't even pass the Bechdel test...

Yea, honestly i'm tired of how much of the circlejerk over him ruling centers on that. I don't mean that specific instance or point, but just that he handles lady characters in some deft way. Dude is basically Steven Moffat lite minus some clunkiness, and seems to have a weird obsession with several actresses in the same way that Matt Weiner has with has one with Jessica Paré.

Like, if he's some positive force in the universe, it's through not always taking the shittiest path a lot of other people like Michael Bay do. It's a "meets minimum standards of human decency" thing, not decorated veteran in the battle for good in the universe. And honestly, a lot of the stuff he's done that i've viewed like dollhouse reeked of 14 year old horny nerd. I even got that feeling from Summer Glau's character in firefly more than once.

I mean i realize this might be a bit of a derail, but i just hate that any time a comic/scifi/nerdy property comes up to be potentially made into a movie everyone goes OMG JOSS WHEDON SHOULD DO IT. It happens really often, all over the place, and then the thread turns into just a thing about that. I know i'm contributing to it too, but ugh.

Firefly was a solid show*, and The Avengers was a good-ass superhero movie that proved you could make a movie like that actually good without making it all dark and gritty like Dark Knight. He's put out a lot of stuff that's just mediocre, or actively makes me cringe at times though.


*Although, i think how little run-time it got actually makes it seem even better. It never got a chance to get stale. A lot of shows started out almost that strong and went flaccid. A lot of shows that were cut down way too early like Flapjack seem even better in retrospect because of how small of a timeslot they got. Battlestar Galactica would have a similar rabid fanbase who thought it was flawless if it had been cancelled halfway through the two part season or something.
posted by emptythought at 2:54 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]


Battlestar Galactica would have a similar rabid fanbase who thought it was flawless if it had been cancelled halfway through the two part season or something.

There is truth in what you say. Or if they had killed it midway through S4.

To defend Joss, who's not here that we know, the fact that Avengers didn't pass the Bechdel Test doesn't really matter. Not really. Structurally it was always going to be an issue. Has anyone run Agents of SHIELD through it yet? (Of course they have).

Avengers: Age of Ultron apparently has four female 'leads' (Wanda, Black Widow, Maria Hill and one other that we don't know about and can only speculate on but I am kinda hoping for Carol).

There is this weird fetish at the moment demanding a Captain Marvel film (because feminism!) or Black Panther (because race!) or Doctor Strange (because 1960s! but apparently he has to be Latino because America!) all because of some perceived need for equity now, but the fact is that it hasn't made much sense until now if you consider how quickly the MCU is rolling out.

If you had said to me in 2004 that I would have seen The Avengers on screen, ever, I would have laughed. And an Iron Man film? Seriously?
Personally, I was actually disappointed that SDCC didn't announce a CM or BP movie, but it makes sense to me that these will roll out of Avengers 2 (considering we apparently see Wakanda) and they're trying to build expectation, use the fans (Luke) and the social justice folks to explode with glee like that guy at the end of GotG (if you've seen the clip that leaked) and build the glee.

It's what I'd do if I ran Marvel. Slowly, carefully, building the blocks up. Teasing people, knowing that the audience isn't "comics-smart".

If I ran Fox? I'd not be sure what to do with Deadpool. But I would make sure Bruce Campbell had a part. Or a mid-credits cameo.

Because Ash V Deadpool seems to work.
posted by Mezentian at 3:27 AM on July 31 [2 favorites]


There is this weird fetish at the moment demanding a Captain Marvel film (because feminism!) or Black Panther (because race!) or Doctor Strange (because 1960s! but apparently he has to be Latino because America!) all because of some perceived need for equity now, but the fact is that it hasn't made much sense until now if you consider how quickly the MCU is rolling out.

It's not a weird fetish, it's an active and visecrel need for people to have some heroes who look like them. Not every one , but definitely some. In a world where sexism and racism run rampant, having a superhero one can identify with is a necessity.

That said, I'm enjoying what Marvel's doing with its cinematic universe. Hell, I've had tickets to an IMAX showing of Guardians of the Galaxy for nearly a week now. I'm on board train Marvel if they keep putting out entertaining flicks. But the lack of signaling of a female lead and black lead movie are worrisome.

Don't tell me they're coming. Give me a date, you've got dates plotted out until 2019 and a number of choices here. Put the cards on the table and do this.

Yes, Luke Cage and Jessica Drew are getting their own series on Netflix and Agents of Shield hasn't been shy about having a diverse cast. That's great, now I want to see that diversity in the movie leads
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:29 AM on July 31 [8 favorites]


I'm not a superhero comics guy, and Deadpool's humour/writing never really clicked for me -- too 'wacky!!!' -- but I have to say, the acting and direction of this really sell it to me. Here's hoping they make a big thing of this with the same feel!
posted by Drexen at 5:30 AM on July 31


Battlestar Galactica would have a similar rabid fanbase who thought it was flawless if it had been cancelled halfway through the two part season or something.

There is truth in what you say. Or if they had killed it midway through S4.


This was in the realm of possibility. The writer's strike happened after production wrapped on the "Arrival At Dead Earth" episode.

If the show had ended there, it would have been right next to the finale' of The Sopranos in television legend.

Fans would have rioted, though. :)

Disclosure: I love BSG unrepentantly.
posted by DWRoelands at 5:44 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]


That was great. Make it happen, universe!
posted by Kitteh at 6:11 AM on July 31




It's not a weird fetish,

I meant a weird fetish for those two characters (or three, if you include Strange) specifically.

It's become almost a faint accompli that those two MUST get films or it's a war crime worse than Man of Steel.

I've been a Panther fan since the '70s, and a "Carol Corps"-ish type since she was Binary (and I think her KSdC series have been killing it), and have been more interested in them than Captain America or Thor, so I am fine with them getting films, I just think there's an unreality among "fans".

(See also calls for Ms Marvel to get a movie, even though she lacks a lot of character and a defined power set, as interesting as her solo series threatens to be).
posted by Mezentian at 6:38 AM on July 31


I really should think of picking up his comics, but I think I might settle on Storm instead because she rules me.

Deadpool is better written, currently. The first arc (Dead Presidents) is intentionally silly, but it really grows from there.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:44 AM on July 31


... aaaaaand it's gone by request of 20th Century Fox. Never got to see it.
posted by charred husk at 7:10 AM on July 31


It's become almost a faint accompli that those two MUST get films or it's a war crime worse than Man of Steel.

Eh, it's the echo chamber of the internets, I wouldn't take it too seriously.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:16 AM on July 31


That was great! A movie like that would be a lot of fun. The drawing was pretty bad-ass.
posted by Mister_A at 7:28 AM on July 31


charred husk : ... aaaaaand it's gone by request of 20th Century Fox. Never got to see it.

The Vimeo link that DirtyOldTown put up last night is still working.
posted by quin at 8:03 AM on July 31


I have to wonder if the "rich corinthian leather" line is a nod to Archer.
posted by Twain Device at 8:13 AM on July 31


Hm.

Do unabashedly adult themed superhero movies ever rake in the big bucks though?

From the little I know of the character it would have to be an R/18 rated movie, or game or animation, and those seem to be niche projects which neither Marvel nor DC seem to be interested in right now.

Tie-in merchandise is where it's at, and a Deadpool Fast food toy is highly unlikely.

The adult themed films (TV is another issue) based on superhero comics properties I can think of are Blade, Babe, Punisher (3 films spanning 15-29 years?), Barbarella, and on the fringes - audience age wise- Hellboy.

Apart from Hellboy, did any of those - or any other examples I haven't mentioned - make sucfficient profit at the box office to make Marvel / DC rush to make a Deadpool movie a reality?

All the superhero movies I can think of that have been financillly sucessful have all had big cross-age appeal.
posted by Faintdreams at 8:38 AM on July 31


I *might* consider Spawn a success. It did pretty well at the box office, though it got panned by critics. (I could be biased because I liked the movie).

I would LOVE to have it given a good updated treatment now that the Superhero movie is a popular film genre.
posted by Twain Device at 8:47 AM on July 31


Do unabashedly adult themed superhero movies ever rake in the big bucks though?

The closest is likely Sin City or the Kick-Ass movies. Unfortunately the grown manchild ones seem to be the ones that translate best, as the directors and producers seem to think that's what we want.

Moore's work, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta and Watchmen have all been reduced to parts, the soul carefully cored out, then reassembled as shambling corpses. It's not hard to see why he's so sick of the process.

It's baffling to me that Hollywood to date has taken these popular books, thrown away the good stuff, then wondered why the pablum didn't sell.
posted by bonehead at 9:29 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]


I have to wonder if the "rich corinthian leather" line is a nod to Archer.

Even so, it, and Archer, are still riffing on this: Rich Corinthian Leather.

Kids today. No appreciation for the classics.
posted by bonehead at 9:34 AM on July 31 [5 favorites]


Incidently, Ranin Wilson's Super is a great chaser if you inadvertently watch Kick-Ass.
posted by bonehead at 9:39 AM on July 31 [2 favorites]


Mostly it's that Cap is my favorite of the A-list MCU heroes and Whedon doesn't write him all that well.

On the other hand, I never gave a shit about him until Avengers (which I love to an unholy degree, so obviously we differ), but I liked him enough in that to go back and watch the first captain america movie and basically fall in love with the character and be somewhat unreasonably excited for winter soldier, which I enjoyed in amount exceeding my dangerously high expectations. I'm just going to leave that run-on sentence be since it kind of mirrors my breathless enthusiasm for the topic.

Of course, he didn't write either of the cap movies, but it feels like a consistent character throughout, and Whedon's got me to the what-would-be-extremely-surprising-to-past-me place of him being my favorite superhero.

Or even the place of HAVING A FAVORITE SUPERHERO AT THIRTY FIVE when I really never did before my thirties. Well, I guess Buffy counts. Still, what the hell.
posted by flaterik at 11:32 AM on July 31


Incidently, Ranin Wilson's Super is a great chaser if you inadvertently watch Kick-Ass.

Don't you mean by James "Guardians of the Galaxy" Gunn's Super?
posted by straight at 11:42 AM on July 31 [3 favorites]


(Though obviously based on my timeline, my only impression of Cap pre-avengers was from comics information diffusion, so I never had the experience of "liking him in the MCU before Avengers")
posted by flaterik at 11:43 AM on July 31


I knew nothing about the character before watching this clip. I would see this movie.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:56 AM on July 31


The Vimeo link that DirtyOldTown put up last night is still working

Not anymore, but Dailymotion still has it.

Third question down: "Why does Fox keep taking the fucking Deadpool footage down?"
posted by homunculus at 2:17 PM on July 31 [1 favorite]


On the other hand, I never gave a shit about him until Avengers

I had the opposite experience-- I saw Avengers and was so generally unimpressed with him that I didn't bother watching the movie until it was on TV and really dug it, then got all into fandom and shit after the Winter Soldier and now I'm writing fanfiction and reading the comics and I'm literally wearing Captain America jammies right now. Like, I left Avengers wanting to know more about Bruce Banner, and then I found out that he's played by a different person in the movie and didn't bother watching it. But mostly I left disappointed, especially because everyone around me was doing this "OMG SO AWESOME" thing and I was super alienated on top of thinking it wasn't that great.
posted by NoraReed at 4:03 PM on July 31


and now I'm writing fanfiction and reading the comics

What? That's impossible. People don't read comics after seeing the movies. It is known.

Like, I left Avengers wanting to know more about Bruce Banner, and then I found out that he's played by a different person in the movie and didn't bother watching it.

Two different people, no less. Or three if you count the Bill Bixby TV series.

I think the second Hulk movie is worth seeing, but I guess unless you're not an Edward Norton fan it'll be too not Mark Ruffalo.
posted by Mezentian at 3:10 AM on August 1


And also:

Dear Marvel,
Where is my Runaways film?
Because it could lead a Young Avengers film. (and Hawkguy spin-off, bro).
And an Avengers Academy film.
And possibly an Avengers Arena film.
And an Avengers Undercover film.
(People recognise the Avengers brand, is what I am saying, and you get you Loki fangirls and you tick more diversity boxes than anyone could care to name (and with actual fleshed out characters that people like), except the hair-challenged, but I think we all know that Marvel could get a Doctor Druid on screen before DC can figure out what to do with Wonder Woman).

Or TV series. I'd be down with those.

Regards,
Mezentian
posted by Mezentian at 9:35 AM on August 2


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