It’s still hard to believe the Deadpool movie is happening after years of starts and stops and uncertainty, but now we have our first look at Ryan Reynolds in costume as Marvel’s mouthy mercenary.
Reynolds himself posted the image to Twitter, and what an image it is.
Keeping in line with the offbeat, irreverent tone of Deadpool’s comic book adventures, the photo features Reynolds in his official suit for the film, lounging on a bearskin rug in front of a roaring fire. The caption for the photo reads, “With great power, comes great irresponsibility.”
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015
Along with the photo posted by Reynolds, Deadpool has its first official synopsis, with Fox releasing a description of the film that hints at the adventure awaiting the snarky soldier-for-hire in his solo debut.
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.
Along with Reynolds as the titular antihero, the film stars actor/comedian T.J. Miller as Deadpool’s pal Weasel, former mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano as Angel Dust, and Firefly actress Morena Baccarin as Copycat. Ed Skrein, star of the upcoming The Transporter: Refueled, has also been cast in an unspecified role.
Early reports confirmed that the X-Men mutant Colossus will appear in the film, but actor Daniel Cudmore — who played Colossus in each of the X-Men films he appeared in — has indicated that he won’t be reprising the role in Deadpool.
The film will be directed by veteran visual-effects expert Tim Miller, and is based on a screenplay penned by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Deadpool is currently scheduled to hit theaters February 12, 2016.