2016’s first superhero film — or at least superhero-esque film — is in the can.
According to the film’s star Ryan Reynolds on Twitter, production on the film recently wrapped in Vancouver, British Columbia, and now the post-production process will begin to get the film ready for its early 2016 release. Reynolds’ tweet reads:
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 29, 2015
Deadpool has been a project that’s been circling production for much of the last six years. After the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, interest in the character was revived significantly, ultimately resulting in the then-current Deadpool comic book series by writer Daniel Way to sell out on a consistent monthly basis for much of the next two years. Reynolds, who played Wade Wilson in that film, had always continued to be attached to it in some form or fashion ever since, but had never had any solid information on when a film for the wisecracking, fourth-wall breaking mercenary would actually go in front of the camera.
In 2011, Reynolds went on to make the DC Comics-based Green Lantern for Warner Bros., which put the potential for a Deadpool film in the near future at risk had that film successfully spawned a new franchise. That didn’t happen, though, and talk of Deadpool was revived. Things came to a head in 2014, when Deadpool test footage for a potential film by the CGI animators at Blur Studio was leaked during the week of Comic Con International in San Diego, and from there 20th Century Fox committed to a 2016 release date for the film that has now wrapped.
According to studio officials and film creatives, Deadpool will be linked in with the existing X-Men film continuity, which was recently shaken up significantly by the events of last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. All in all, that means that the Deadpool we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine will have little — if any — effect on the character as we’ll come to meet him in the new solo film.
Deadpool will be released in theaters on February 12th, 2016, starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, and T.J. Miller. It will be directed by Tim Miller, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. For more on Deadpool as we get closer to its release, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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