By Dave Bouressa
Back in July, some test footage for a possible Deadpool movie hit the internet, which was met with incredible response. Whether or not the footage was actually "leaked" or was all staged to gauge audience reaction is still up for debate, but Fox executives have gotten the message, and the long-awaited Deadpool movie is officially happening.
Much like the released clip, the Marvel anti-hero will be played by Ryan Reynolds, and Reynolds comments about the clip "leak" are certainly promising.
"The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually," Reynolds told the Niagara Falls Review. "And it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way." -comicbook.com
Executives have come out with a release date of February 12th, 2016- meaning that, assuming work has not already been done, filming for the movie would begin sometime early 2015.
For years, people have been asking for a Deadpool movie, and Fox would never allow an "R" rated character for a film because that would cut out a large portion of the audience demographic, but all it took for the right minds to be changed was less than two minutes of footage and the internet doing what it does best.
Good job internet.
Deadpool will be hitting our theaters February 12th, 2016.