Not Another Superhero Movie


Abigail Stubbington

Audio/Video Editor

The last time I watched something in which the main character talked directly to me, a young Mexican child and a talking monkey instructed me on how to count to three. With this in mind, any breaking of the fourth wall typically is seen as nothing more than a childish tool to inform kindergarteners where to look on the TV screen. However, the most recent blockbuster crashing through the fourth wall is most certainly not for children.

Anyone who has recently been to the theatres or turned on the TV has almost certainly seen the trailers of the latest addition to the comic book movie franchise, Deadpool. Upon first glance, the film appears no different from any other superhero movie Hollywood is churning out by the dozen at the moment; its only distinction being its R rating. However, Deadpool’s main distinguishing mark from blockbuster hits like Avengers or Batman lies in the simple fact that Deadpool is not a superhero movie at all.

From the very moment that the logos faded to black and the film began, I knew that what I was watching was not the same cookie-cutter good vs. evil, morally in the right, child friendly film we have all come to expect from comic book movies. What tipped me off? Well it might have been the grotesque violence that they manage to pack into the first two minutes. Maybe it was the fact that they make blatant references to Ryan Reynolds, the actor who plays Deadpool or maybe even the sheer amount of sexual content crammed in.

Overall, what fully convinced me that this was not a superhero movie came down to the simple fact that the main character himself says so. Talking directly to the audience and pausing the film to do so, Deadpool comes right out and says that this is not a superhero film because he is no hero and honestly, this was the best decision the film could have ever made.

Deadpool is violent. Deadpool is provocative. Deadpool is the type of movie which I would rather go my entire life without popcorn than ever take my mother to see. Despite what some people may say, Deadpool never would have worked any other way.

If they had turned this movie into another stereotypical Marvel movie, it would have majorly flopped. Deadpool as a whole is not a nice character. In fact, Deadpool has already been a villain in another comic book movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. With all of this in mind, if I had walked into Deadpool and seen yet another movie about a man with conflicting feelings about morality and who spends a good portion of the run-time moping about his life, the sight of me sleeping would not have been out of place.

However, Deadpool fully realises he is not a good person. There is no emotional constipation. There is no internal struggle. He kills people and enjoys it. End of story. He cracks jokes while cracking people’s necks. He talks to the audience about how he managed to get a movie this violent even made. In short, Deadpool takes every tried and tired trope filmmakers expect us to swallow and flips them the bird.

Because of its take on a genre which is getting everything is has milked out of it, Deadpool becomes an instant breath of fresh air among the recycled material we are used to. Overall, I would recommend this movie to anyone who can stomach self-amputation and torture, is okay with full-frontal nudity and will not be distracted when the main character pauses the movie to discuss with the audience how he’s going to murder a group of people.

Deadpool certainly is not another superhero movie and we can all be grateful of this fact.