The R-rated superhero movie is kind of the Holy Grail nowadays, with the superhero genre at the height of its popularity. As studios aim to find new ways of adapting the various comic book properties, fans are eager to see one of the big dogs—Marvel Studios, Warner Bros./DC, and 20th Century Fox—take a leap of faith and greenlight a more adult-geared adaptation. One such property that was essentially made to break down this barrier is Deadpool, and Fox has been developing an adaptation of the comic for some time with Ryan Reynolds attached to star. The key is finding the right budget to justify an R-rating, which excludes a hefty portion of the traditional target demo for comic book movies. Tim Miller was most recently attached to direct, and he put together a reel of test footage to show executives what a Deadpool movie look like. That footage has leaked online, and it’s kind of fantastic. Reynolds feels perfect for the role, and the tone is spot on.
Hit the jump to watch the Deadpool test footage before it’s taken down.