The Deadpool trailer we’ve all been waiting for has finally been released. Last night the green band and red band trailers for the upcoming Deadpool film starring Ryan Reynolds were released and fans are giddy with excitement. For those out there who don’t know, green band trailers are trailers run in front of all films and are the ones you’ll see on television. They start with a green screen proclaiming “this preview has been approved for all audiences.” Red band trailers, conversely, start with a red screen that says “this preview has been approved for restricted audiences.” The content of those trailers only play in front of R-rated movies and contain more violence and stronger language (and occasionally brief nudity) than the green band ones. Some fans were initially worried that FOX would tone down the violence and more adult content found in the source material, but that definitely isn’t the case here. The trailer depicts Wade Wilson in his foul-mouthed, violent glory. We don’t have to worry about the dreaded PG-13 rating-this film is a clear R.
Besides the bombastic, blood-soaked feel, there are other promising highlights as well. The subtle dig at the awful and cheap-looking suit in the Green Lantern flick got a chuckle out of me (“And please don’t make the super-suit green. Or animated!”). Brief glimpses of X-Men characters Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead can also be seen. I also appreciated seeing the reworked sequence where Deadpool jumps into an SUV and fights the men inside. Similar footage (almost shot for shot the same) was released a year ago as a CGI short to pitch Deadpool as a full length feature-the only major difference I noted was the short played Gwen Steffani’s “Hollaback Girl” while the trailer plays Salt N Pepa’s classic “Shoop.” Both of these songs are inspired choices. Positive fan reaction to that pitch is being cited as a major reason FOX decided to greenlight the film.
There are several differences between the two trailers-the red band trailer has more violent shots edited in, including one where Deadpool stabs a security guard in the head with a knife and a gorier version of the three man kill, where Deadpool offs three men with one bullet. The extension of Weasel’s description of Wilson’s face is also hysterical: “You look like Freddy Krueger face-fucked a topographical map of Utah.” This doesn’t necessarily make the other trailer totally useless however-in it Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and quips “Cue the music!” before pummeling more guys to DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It to Ya.”
The trailer is really promising to fans who hoped the merc with a mouth would get a better treatment here than he did in Wolverine Origins. Ryan Reynolds hasn’t had a hit with audiences in a while, but I think this will change all that. He’s extremely passionate about the character and seems invested in making sure the film has the same edge the comics do. Deadpool will be released in theaters February 12, 2016. I’m definitely going to be there, and I hope you all will too.