It’s been more than 10 years in the making, but Ryan Reynolds is finally starring as the titular (and titillating) character in 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool,” hitting theaters Feb. 12.
For the uninitiated, Deadpool is Marvel Comics’ most unconventional antihero known for his dark sense of humor, quick-healing powers and fondness for breaking the fourth wall (i.e., talking directly to the audience).
Wade Wilson, former Special Forces operative turned mercenary, undergoes a rogue experiment that almost destroys his life. The silver lining of the near-disastrous procedure that leaves Wilson with a less-than-ideal appearance is that he walks away as Deadpool, an antihero with a wit and vendetta that make for a wildly entertaining action comedy.
“Deadpool” stars Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand. The film is directed by Tim Miller; produced by Reynolds, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner; and has a screenplay written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. It opens in theaters Feb. 12.