Strong? Yes, but instead of the silent type, Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) is known as the 'Merc With a Mouth.'

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Strong? Yes, but instead of the silent type, Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) is known as the 'Merc With a Mouth.'

‘Deadpool’ is bad boy superhero movie

By Shirrel Rhoades
Movie Reviewer

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Poor Ryan Reynolds desperately has been searching for a superhero franchise. This is his fifth time in a comic book movie. His turn in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was lackluster. His big gig as “Green Lantern” was downright disappointing.

Yet he’s been proving himself as more than a rom-com star with solid performances in “Safe House,” “Mississippi Grind” and “Woman In Gold.”

So apparently the gods who run Marvel Studios took pity on him and tossed him the lead in “Deadpool,” the latest blockbuster-in-the-making from the House That Stan Lee Built.

Actually, Reynolds first played the Deadpool character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” This time around, he gets to stand in the spotlight. This reprisal will be closer to the original comic book.

Deadpool is arguably one of Marvel’s most quirky characters, an anti-hero named Wade Wilson who was subjected to experiments that leave him with advanced healing powers. He can take a licking and keep on ticking.

Now, you might say this sounds like a bit of a mesh-up. Captain America is the result of scientific tinkering, and Wolverine can heal faster than you can pull the backing off a Band-Aid. But Cap is a flag-loving Boy Scout, and Wolverine is an X-Men team player.

Not really a nice guy, Deadpool is a ruthless mercenary who takes no prisoners (so to speak). Displaying a dark sense of humor, he wisecracks his way through the movie. He’s called the “Merc With a Mouth.” This talkative nature is used to bring the audience in on the joke as he breaks the fourth wall, calls attention to movie tropes and skewers the superhero genre.

“He’s funny and acerbic and a little bit of a head case,” Reynolds said of his character. “But he’s also not trying to be liked, he’s intentionally trying to annoy everyone.”

Directed by Tim Miller, “Deadpool” is intended to be the eighth installment in the “X-Men” franchise, but its wiseacre approach makes it more akin to “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Oddly enough, this film about a superhero with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin and an unstable mind is a love story. Brazilian-American actress Morena Baccarin – you’ll remember her from TV’s “Firefly” and “Gotham” – plays Reynolds’ equally twisted girlfriend.

Deadpool’s first appearance was in the comic book “The New Mutants No. 98.”

Being the custom, Lee has a cameo in the movie – a DJ in a strip club. Look closely, and you’ll also catch a glimpse of Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, playing a customer at a tattoo parlor. Interesting casting.

Shirrel Rhoades is the movie reviewer for Cooke Communications North Carolina. He can be reached at srhoades@aol.com.

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