Back in 2009, the X-Men film franchise hit a particularly horrid snag with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It’s a movie that Comics Bulletin writer Danny Djeljosevic rightly called “the best comedy of 2009” in his joint review of X-Men: First Class. It was an apt description, though much harsher words could have been thrown its way, especially in considering how poorly it depicted and handled the character of Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool. Not to spoil anything, but he had his mouth sewn shut, thereby also sewing shut one of his best qualities: that smart mouth of his.
However, as Nerdist wisely pointed out, the following X-Men films all but put the Origins ideas behind them—including the mistreatment of Deadpool. This wasn’t just good news for him but the entire X-Men franchise in general, as it had been hurting following The Last Stand and Origins. And just as films and other projects including First Class have put Dr. Xavier’s crew on the stable ground, the same can be said for the long-in-the-works film dedicated to Deadpool.
Getting back to the Nerdist’s reporting, they noted that director Tim Miller had been working on the aptly titled Deadpool movie all along. And, yes, actor Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as the slick-talking badass—he confirmed it on Twitter—in spite of the fact that some of his movie choices have been (let’s be kind) misguided. That being said, this project could be the one that gives his career a boost while showing the public how Deadpool deserves to be portrayed. Now, it’s not clear exactly when we’ll see the movie, but it’s scheduled to begin filming in spring 2015 with a tentative release date of February 2016.
To coincide with that release date, one can only hope that video game developers begin looking at ways to properly adapt Deadpool to gaming platforms. It’s expected that some kind of mobile tie-in will be released, as they are pretty much par for the course with any kind of film related to comics, graphic novels, etc. The same can be said for his expected presence in the online gaming market, where his Marvel contemporaries can be found. The games, which can be found here on Betfair, often mirror the content of the movies and provide fans with another way to enjoy the characters and their narratives. It also allows the franchises to reach different and new audiences, thereby improving the chance for increased popularity for said franchise. The end result is that, in this case, Deadpool should get the love and respect he so deserves.
However, Deadpool deserves something bigger or, at least, more than he’s gotten so far. Sure, his 2013 game on the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 was fun, but it was a pretty standard beat-’em-up with his storyline slapped on it. Also, it was removed from all the digital stores, so good luck finding a copy.
If I could give the developers out there any advice, I’d recommend going with a style similar to the games in Batman’s Arkham series, as they’re simply fantastic. Also, to be fair to the game creators out there, at least there’s this great Deadpool skin available for Zen Pinball 2.
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This guest post was written by Josh Bryant. Josh is a film blogger and self-described nerd, who spends his free time gaming or browsing around the comic shop.