Fox and Marvel have announced that a Deadpool solo film will be released in theatres on February 12, 2016.
The deadly but talkative mercenary was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the 2009 film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and fans have expected that Reynolds would reprise his role if a solo film was ever announced. At this point, no casting announcements have been made.
We do know, however, that Tim Miller is set to direct the film while Lauren Shuller Donner and Kevin Feige will produce.
If Reynolds did take on the role, it would be his first superhero film since 2011’s Green Lantern. And we all know how that one turned out. The film had a $200 million budget and only managed to bring in a disappointing $219 million worldwide.
Last month, leaked test footage of the Deadpool character was leaked online. The footage was put together, in part, to convince Fox that Deadpool was a character worth giving a shot:
“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.”
In other Marvel/Fox news, the Fantastic Four reboot film was moved from its planned June 19, 2015 release date to August 7, 2015.