Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson who, after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. The surprise Spring smash hit opened with $132,434 in the middle of February and went on to earn more than $355 mil in the U.S. and another $399 mil overseas, ensuring a sequel (in fact, Fox has given “Deadpool 2” a green light — and it’s scheduled for 2017). Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an 83 percent critics rating (with a 92 percent audience rating), calling “Deadpool” “Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting ‘Deadpool’ subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining — and decidedly non-family-friendly — results.” Fox announced today a May 10 DVD and Blu-ray release – with more details to come soon.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary with a Special Forces background. After being diagnosed with cancer, he agrees to be part of an experimental project designed to turn him into a super soldier with accelerated healing and drug, toxin and disease resistance. Yet, this rogue experiment does much more: Instead of destroying his cancer, it makes the cells a permanent part of his body. It disfigures him and destabilizes his mind making him incredibly violent and unpredictable. With a dark sense of humor, a twisted sense of morality and the need for revenge, Wade Wilson becomes the anti-hero known as Deadpool.
Vitals: Director: Tim Miller. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Michael Benyaer, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $355.108 million, Fox.