In the wake of the release of two new trailers for “Deadpool” on Friday, the film’s director Tim Miller and producer Simon Kinberg have spoken with Empire about the film and what the content of the trailers say about the upcoming hard-R rated Marvel Comics adaptation.
The filmmakers set the film around Christmas time in a “pre-post-apocalyptic Detroit,” a grittier and nastier world than the upstate New York of the “X-Men” films: “He’s dealing with small-time s–t that the X-Men and their shiny hi-tech world don’t deal with.”
The Christmas setting also ties into the characters ‘hit list’ of people he has to take out to get his revenge: “It’s a part of the plot, I don’t think we should ruin it, but there’s so many people that are on his naughty list that he is hunting down for reasons we can keep mysterious and then you can discover when you watch the movie. But yeah, it’s the equivalent of a serial killer or FBI agent’s wall of targets and we watch him go after them.”
Talking about Gina Carano’s Angel Dust and her powers, director Tim Miller says: “She’s a little like the Hulk, in that the angrier she gets, her adrenaline sort of activates this super strength. So the angrier she gets, the harder she fights and stronger she is.”
The trailer gives us a first look at Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s powers. Speaking about her selection for the film, Miller says: “We chose her because we wanted a trainee for Colossus in the film and the writers and I just fell in love with her name… [For me] it’s just like other characters in the Marvel universe, like Nitro, for instance, whose power is to just explode parts of their body. But we did try to do it so that it wasn’t just a simple, ‘oh, I can explode’, she can transfer the force of the explosion down so she can move upwards – she can put it into a punch if she wanted to. So it was really just her fist exploding as she hit somebody.”
For the full breakdown, head over to Empire. “Deadpool” opens in cinemas February 12th.