It’s rare that a film translates a comic book character exactly right for the silver screen. Robert Downey, Jr. did for Iron Man, Chris Evans nailed his performance as Captain America in every Marvel Studios movie, and it’s hard to imagine anyone embodying Wolverine in the same way that Hugh Jackman did the X-Man.
But sweet holy Jeebus, Ryan Reynolds is giving those guys a run for their money in the first full trailer for Fox’s Deadpool, which just debuted on Conan tonight for a one-night-only special TV-MA episode. The tweets and the hints and the teases from Reynolds as himself and as Deadpool have been trickling onto the ‘net for months now, and hot damn, was the wait worth it. After the character’s abysmal portrayal in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds as much as anyone wanted to ensure that a Deadpool film was given the respect, the care, and the R-rating it deserves to do justice to the cocky, motormouth, fourth-wall breaking asshole we’ve all come to know and love.
The trailer packs in everything and the kitchen sink: bloody mayhem, swears, jabs at Green Lantern, a smattering of X-Men characters, and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop”. Even if you’re not a comic book fan, if you don’t squeal with glee while watching every second of this trailer, you might be a little dead on the inside. Just sayin’.
Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, hits theaters on February 12, 2016, same as President Lincoln’s birthday! Celebrate Honest Abe’s special day with a huge helping of gratuitous violence and the word “fuck” on repeat.