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so there was a secret screening of Deadpool and guess what? It’s great…

January 19th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


Fans were treated to the first full screening of Deadpool on Monday night in New York and Los Angeles – and they haven’t stopped raving about it. Arriving at an event for what they thought was going to offer some preview footage of the highly-anticipated Ryan Reynolds-starring anti-superhero flick, they instead became the luckiest people in the nerd community. The reactions are highly positive, with some even going as far as to say it’s the best Marvel adaptation yet.

Deadpool has a dedicated following among comic book readers and people who know the source material stated they were pleased with how director Tim Miller adapted the character, praising it as hilarious, enormously entertaining and singling Reynolds out for particular praise as the titular Merc with a Mouth, write Squareeyed.

Star Ryan Reynolds was at the New York screening, while Miller was in attendance at the Los Angeles screening alongside co-stars T.J. Miller and Briana Hildebrand, creator Rob Liefeld, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, producer Simon Kinberg, and comics legend Stan Lee.

Fans have hailed it as something of game-change for superhero films, with its R-rating allowing filmmakers to enter a niche realm whereby they can tackle adult material in its truest form. It’s exciting to think that Deadpool could open up a new form of superhero film, a type that is as hardcore as it is thrilling, far removed from the family-friendly Marvel projects like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Deadpool is for an older audience, and it’s all the better for it.

Read some of the reaction in tweets below:

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.