Together with writer Fabian Nicieza, comic artist Rob Liefeld created the character Deadpool, the ‘merc with a mouth,’ in the early ’90s. The character quickly became a fan favorite, and was incorporated into X-Men Origins: Wolverine when that film was shot in 2008. That version of the character, played by Ryan Reynolds, didn’t exactly inspire the same sort of devotion dedicated to the comic incarnation.

Fox seemed to realize that it screwed up Deadpool in the film, and moved to exploit the character with a movie of his own, in which Reynolds would star as a more faithful recreation of the mercenary. Former visual effects guy Tim Miller is making the step up to director with Deadpool, based on a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. We haven’t heard a whole lot about the film in the past few months,  but last weekend Liefeld strongly hinted that the studio has shot a chunk of test footage. Read More »

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With X-Men: First Class hitting DVD this week, a few of the film’s participants have been making the press rounds. The most connected of them is producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who has talked about The Wolverine and Deadpool during her press contacts.

The big news, such as it is, is that she says the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is less a sequel than a related film, and that thanks to Hugh Jackman‘s Les Miserables shoot and Wolverine workout schedule, it might not shoot until at least summer 2012. More comments are after the break. Read More »

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IRL: Man Shot While Filming Deadpool Fan Series

There’s suffering for your art, and then there’s suffering for your art as a result of your own lack of common sense. 23-year-old Columbus man Sam Vestey was recently shot in the leg by accident while making an amateur Deadpool web series with a couple of friends. Read more after the jump.

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One of the men responsible for making the X-Men and Daredevil look super now has a superhero all to himself. Deadline just announced that Tim Miller, who has done special effects work on films such as X-Men, X2, Daredevil, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Night at the Museum and more has been tapped to direct the Deadpool movie, which they refer to as X-Men Origins: Deadpool (requests to Fox to confirm this title have yet to be answered). It’ll star Ryan Reynolds as “the merc with a mouth,” from a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Read more after the jump. Read More »

I’ve flown direct from CinemaCon in Las Vegas to WonderCon in San Francisco. The first day presented two interesting panels, one for the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion television series Falling Skies and the other for Warner Bros’ big screen comic adaptation Green Lantern. Read the details and my thoughts after the jump.
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Marvel illustrator Arthur Suydam is no stranger to homage covers — his Wikipedia page is basically one long list of such covers for the Marvel Zombies series and others. But the ones that really piqued our interest are these tongue-in-cheek covers for Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, which reference well-known movie posters. The comic series ran for thirteen issues between June 2009 and July 2010, and has since been collected into a hardcover that was released last fall. Check out the covers after the jump.

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