It's been a long and weird road for the Deadpool character on the big screen. First played by Ryan Reynolds in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the character was - in a word - crap, lacking pretty much everything that fans enjoyed about the original comic book version, including his MOUTH!
Since then, Reynolds has been muttering about wanting to bring the character back in his own big screen outing but with the diminishing returns of his movies at the box office and the fairly bizarre trappings of Deadpool himself, it seemedpretty unlikely. But then a marvellous thing happened - an SFX guy by the name of Tim Miller managed to get the attention of the Fox studio with a great sales reel for the film, Reynolds started talking it up again and now the actual Deadpool feature is in production in Canada.
That's pretty nuts in an of itself, but there's even more good news. Despite trying to fake us out with some suggestion that the film would be rated PG-13 (quite normal in the world of comic-book adaptations) there's some more word from the Deadpool camp. And that word has to be censored.
It's all a bit elaborate and honestly I would have preferred a red band clip of Deadpool screaming obscenities at the camera (that might just be me) but at least now we know that all of his eccentric behaviour will be big and loud on screen. Arguably there's no point in making a film about a regenerating, fourth wall breaking headcase unless you can go all out, and if the film really does go the distance it could prove to be the start of a proper R-rated comic franchise for the studio, something we haven't seen since Blade at New Line.
Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein and Gina Carano and is in cinemas in Febuary 2016.