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'X-Men' Spin-Off 'Deadpool' Finally Gets Release Date

Michelle Tiu |
September 19, 2014 | 3:58 p.m. PDT

Entertainment Producer

Ryan Reynolds is expected to reprise his role as the Merc with a Mouth. (@EntEarth / Twitter)
Ryan Reynolds is expected to reprise his role as the Merc with a Mouth. (@EntEarth / Twitter)
Twentieth Century Fox has finally confirmed a February 12, 2016 release for the long-awaited "X-Men" spinoff "Deadpool."

Not much more is known about the upcoming movie, except that Tim Miller will direct it. 

For those of you who don't know, Deadpool (real name: Wade Winston Wilson) is a Marvel Comics character known for his extremely vulgar sense of humor and tendency to break the fourth wall - hence his ever-popular nickname, the Merc with a Mouth.

Comic book fans have been waiting for this particular Marvel character's story to hit the big screen ever since Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009). The actor is expected to reprise his role as the Merc with a Mouth, but nothing's been officially confirmed yet.

Plans were originally made for a spin-off shortly after the 2009 movie's release, but never really got anywhere and the mainstream public forgot about it.

Then, test footage of Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth (in full costume and everything) suddenly leaked online earlier this year and was well-received by the public, revitalizing interest in the possibility of a Deadpool solo movie.

"The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while," said Reynolds in an interview with The Niagara Falls Review a few weeks ago. "There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually. And it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can movie mountains when used in the right way."

The Canadian actor - as well as many comic book fans, I'm sure - also hopes that the film ends up with an R rating.

"It needs those elements," Reynolds said. "It's very meta. I mean, the character knows he's in a movie. He knows he's in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it's kind of a risky property. But, you know, we'll see."

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