There exist certain comic book characters who are occasionally aware of the fact that they are comic book characters. That’s what Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have done to Harley Quinn in the past couple of years, and it’s long since been a part of Deadpool’s R-rated charm. One of the “Merc with a Mouth”‘s super powers, or so it seems, is to break the fourth wall, meaning he frequently does things like this:
But it’s never been entirely clear how that was going to translate to the Deadpool movie. Ryan Reynolds has joked that if they were going to be serious about doing an honest adaptation it would have to be one where if they recruited Hugh Jackman for a cameo as Wolverine Deadpool couldn’t simpy hang out with Wolverine; he’d have to geek out over the fact that he’s meeting Hugh Jackman. The same goes for the inevitable Stan Lee cameo. A real version of Deadpool can’t simply let something like that go by without pointing out, “Hey, guys, that’s Stan Lee!”
The film’s director, Tim Miller, recently offered Empire (via ComicBookMovie) some clarification for how exactly they chose to go about this:
“Deadpool breaks the fourth wall. Wade Wilson never does. Does he know he’s a comic book character in a comic book movie? Does he know that Ryan Reynolds is playing him, and that Ryan Reynolds also played Green Lantern? It’s a big rabbit hole, and we explore it pretty deep.”
Cool. Can we just watch the Christmas trailer again?
Deadpool, fourth wall breaking and all, comes out February 12, 2016.