Fox Announces ‘Deadpool’ Will Hit Theaters in 2016

Back in late July, test footage for a Deadpool movie featuring Ryan Reynolds “leaked” online. I wasn’t necessarily impressed, but the reaction around the Internet seemed to be rather favorable to the point Reynolds, speaking with Niagra Falls Review (via, said, “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 and it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”

Well, he wasn’t lying, today 20th Century Fox announced the Deadpool movie will indeed move forward, hitting theaters on February 12, 2016.

Reynolds first played the character, nicknamed the Merc with the Mouth, in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The character is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary that originally appeared as a villain in an issue of New Mutants, and later in issues of X-Force.

Reynolds is expected to star in the film for director Tim Miller with a script from Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

At the same time, Fox has moved The Fantastic Four from June to August 7, 2015, a date previously reserved for Michael Fassbender‘s Assassin’s Creed, which is now undated.


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