After making a splash at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the red band trailer debuted on Conan Tuesday, starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular antihero. "Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool," 20th Century Fox says in a press release. "Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life."
Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool is rated R and stars Morena Baccarin as Copycat, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, T.J. Miller as Weasel and Ed Skrein as Ajax. The film will also feature the mutant Colossus, though Daniel Cudmore will not appear as the character.
"You may be wondering why the red suit. Well, that's so bad guys can't see me bleed," Deadpool says during a showdown with some armed gunmen. "This guy's got the right idea; he wore the brown pants."
The trailer features plenty of violence, sex and witty jokes.
Deadpool is scheduled for release on Feb. 12, 2016.
Reynolds first played the character in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He had been hoping to reprise the role in a standalone film ever since, and as he told Entertainment Weekly in June, he is confident that audiences will flock to see the film. "I was driving around New York recently and I saw three or four different people wearing Deadpool paraphernalia. And I just thought that was crazy considering that this is a character that's never had a feature film and yet still is in the zeitgeist in that way. It was just that flash of red, and my eyes went to it," he said. "I know it's a risk, but I trust that audiences will see that red and want to snatch it up. I mean, who doesn't love a morally flexible red-suited freak show?"