‘Deadpool’ Test Footage; New Photo of Ryan Reynolds in Mo-Cap Suit

By August 1, 2014

Over the past few years, actor Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been lobbying hard to get a Deadpool movie off the ground. You may have heard about this if you’ve been following movie sites long enough: the film would have a hard R rating, feature Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, and it would be directed by visual effects whiz Tim Miller. The film has been in various stages of development over the past decade, but whether due to studio disinterest, Reynolds’ work in the underwhelming Green Lantern film, or a combination of those and other factors, we still haven’t seen this project come to life. But now you can watch some leaked test footage that gives you an idea of what the project might have looked like:

I saw someone online mention that this reminded them of Jim Carrey’s The Mask, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how accurate that comparison is. Reynolds’ over the top schtick meshes well with the character of Deadpool – a meta, self-aware douchebag with a taste for blood and a twisted sense of humor – but there’s something about this footage that definitely recalls Carrey’s pop culture-laden delivery in that 1994 film. Fox has apparently been issuing takedown notices for copies of this video that have been circling online, so if they’ve removed the video from the player above by the time you read this, I apologize. I’m sure you can find it somewhere if you look hard enough.

In any case, today writer Rhett Reese released a photo of Reynolds on the set filming this test footage wearing a motion capture suit. Check that out below:

Deadpool creator Rob Liefield (who has confirmed the footage as being legitimate) has been talking about the film a lot on his Twitter account, updating us with the fact that the movie is no longer being considered for an R rating and that Fox is apparently still considering what to do with the property. Still, he wants to make sure that everyone realizes this is just test footage created by Miller’s Blur Studios as a pitch video to the Fox executives so they can get a sense of what the movie can be, and nothing more. Filmmakers create sizzle reels and short test videos for their would-be projects all the time, and though it’s still sort of rare for them to leak, it’s happened a few times over the past couple of years (Joe Carnahan’s Daredevil comes to mind).
What do you think about the test footage? Does it look like a movie you’d be interested in seeing? Think Reynolds is right for the role? Let us know below!

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  • Matthew Erik Simpson

    I get a feeling whether this leak is intentional or not, the feedback they see from it will play a role in whether the movie actually still happens or not. That said… It’s kinda bad, in my opinion, but only because the cgi is poor due to it being test footage. The movie needs to happen, goddammit. 😛

  • For Pony

    I wouldn’t have it any other way. Reynolds was born for this role. Much like Chris Evans did with Captain America after the Fantastic Four franchise ended up faceplanting, and the way I hope Ben Affleck will wash away the stain of ‘Daredevil’ with his upcoming DC movie, I feel like this represents Reynolds’ best chance at redemption in the realm of superheroic films. He had the right cocky attitude for Hal Jordan, but not the grit and determination that Green Lantern needed, so that role just didn’t feel right for him. This, on the other hand…

    I felt like he proved himself simply playing Wade Wilson in Origins. It wasn’t through any fault of his own that the actual character of Deadpool was so terrible in that movie – that was all on the production staff, and Reynolds himself has said that a lot of people involved in the movie were unhappy with that portrayal, with good reason. That movie showcased none of the qualities that make Deadpool such a unique character in Marvel lore.