For the four or five people wondering what tone of the upcoming Deadpool movie is going to be, the photo above is your answer: tasteless as hell. And thank god for it. Tweeted out by Reynolds earlier today, the image you see above. “#Deadpool: A motherf—-r since 1991,” Reynolds says, referring to the year Deadpool debuted in New Mutants issue #98. Of course, the tastelessness is in keeping with the tone of the comic character, notable for a bleak sense of humor and a bumbling insanity that allows him to be one of the few Marvel characters who’s aware that he’s in a comic book. Whatever else this film will be, humorless isn’t it.
The film has had a stilted journey to the screen. Plans were afoot as long ago as 2oo4 for a movie about the character from New Line. He was eventually introduced in the 2009 Fox film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with plans to spin Deadpool off into his own franchise discussed at the time. Nothing more happened until 2014, when test footage Reynolds filmed in 2012 leaked online; positive reaction to that footage contributed to Fox’s decision to move forward with the film.
Currently in production, Deadpool is set to hit theaters February 12, 2016. Directed by Tim Miller from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it stars Reynolds, along with Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, and T. J. Miller. Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing.