Late night host Conan O’Brien took full advantage of having guest Ryan Reynolds on his show last night, garnering a TV-MA rating specifically to premiere the trailer for Deadpool, the much-hyped super hero film that will premiere in theatres on February February 12, 2016. The TV-MA rating is because Deadpool is the first Marvel movie since Blade and The Punisher to have an R rating. The trailer that premiered last night on CONAN was a red band trailer, featuring all the profanity and gore that fans are expecting from the film.
The trailer is about as fun and tongue in cheek as all previous promotions for the film have promised. The character of Deadpool has had his own fair share of promotion. It started in 2009 when Ryan Reynolds was cast as a bastardized version of Deadpool, simply referred to as his real name, Wade, in X:Men Origins: Wolverine. The fan backlash resulted in the character being shelved until raw test footage was leaked last year, the popularity of which prompted Fox to begin development on the film with Ryan Reynolds as the lead. In the past week alone, Deadpool has appeared in his own trailer for the trailer, as well as at the end of the extended trailer for Fox’s Fantastic Four, due for release this Friday.
Numbers for CONAN have yet to be released, but the #Deadpool Twitter hashtag has been used 100,000 times since the trailer’s premiere. The trailer, featuring arguably the best movie quote of 2016, “You look like Freddy Krueger face-fucked a topographical map of Utah,” uses the DMX song “X Gon Give It To Ya,” and features a ton of snarky humour, banter, and Deadpool killing a lot of gangsters. It even gives us some insight into the story that Wade, dying of cancer, enrolls in the same mutant generation program that Wolverine volunteered for. Whatever the story is, Deadpool seems primed to explode when it is released near Valentine’s Day, just in time for the guys to drag their girlfriends to the theatre in repayment for Fifty Shades of Grey.
Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller, best known for creating the opening sequences for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Thor: The Dark World, as well as his Oscar nominated short film Gopher Broke. The screenplay is being written by Zombieland and G.I. Joe: Retaliation scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Ryan Reynolds alongside Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, TJ Miller, and Ed Skrein.
View the Deadpool red band trailer below: