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The Impact of Superheros

Fan or not, nobody can deny the intergalactic pull of superheroes and their accompanying merchandise; they’re like a beacon calling to the masses to watch, play, and dress in order to express their love or even disdain for a specific set of characters. One of the most recent episodes of this being upon the release of Deadpool, one of the most hotly anticipated superhero films in years. Even people who’d never even heard of the merc with the mouth, flocked to their nearest cinema to watch his foul mouthed adventures, therefore once again securing superheroes as gods of the box office.

As with all fandoms, some characters surpass others, and within the world of superheroes one of these great individuals is Bruce Wayne, or Batman to the rest of the general public. Out of all the names that pop up in the DC universe, his is the most common and the most popular, and as such an enormous amount of products have been generated in his honor. Arguably, out of all the items you can add to your collection of ‘I love Batman’, the most accessible for all types of fans are the games he has inspired. And there is literally no end, even when the story is based on another hero he still manages to make an appearance in one way or another.

By choosing to have Batman across multiple platforms, users can decide whether they want to enjoy the Dark Knight slot at Betway, or whether they want to experience a more story led title like Batman: Arkham Asylum from Eidos Interactive. As always, there are various benefits to each of them, but when it comes down to it they all do one thing: demonstrate just how much superheroes have impacted on our everyday experiences. In fact, characters like this can be so profound that they break records with every successive release, as audiences experienced when they watched Batman Vs Superman. Good though it was, it was by no means the most classic rendition of these two superhero giants, and yet it had the biggest opening night of any hero title to this date.

There is no end of circulation of superhero news, which means you can never fully be removed from the hype that they inspire in the masses; from what we’ve seen over the generations, superheroes like Batman are likely to be dominating the industry for a great many decades to come yet.

Deadpool Rated R

Deadpool Rated R For Strong Language, Violence, Sexual Content and Graphic Nudity

It appears Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds can rest easy as he’s atoned for for the comic book sins he committed in Wolverine Origins and Green Lantern. As it should have,  Fox’s Deadpool has successfully earned an R rating.

If you’ve seen the entertaining trailers released already, it’s clear the movie was heading in that direction already. Especially with a red banded  trailer coming out over Christmas that was full of impalements, f-bombs, ass cheeks (strippers and Deadpool’s) a soccer ball style decapitation, gunplay, and sexual innuendo.

The biggest concern was exactly how much of the violence and naughtiness would make it past the cutting room floor into the final film. And from the looks of it, it appears nearly all of it does. As it should be. Hell, with what we’ve seen so far, it will be very interesting to see what bits and dialogue didn’t make it into the film.

Deadpool is a Marvel comics character introduced in the 90’s who grew into mainstream popularity in the early 2000’s due to the character’s tongue in cheek absurdity.  A mutant mercenary with the ability to heal almost instantly from nearly any wound, Deadpool is so loved because the character is so unhinged. Almost every word that comes out of his mouth is a joke. He has a deep love for all things chimichanga’s. And he constantly breaks the fourth wall, often talking directly to the readers of his comic book in hilarious unexpected ways. In a world full of anti-heros, Deadpool is the most anti of them all.

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And the film’s producers seem to have embraced the character’s nuttiness not only in the film, but in their marketing and promotion efforts as well. For instance, the film’s official Twitter account is still only following Hello Kitty. Promotional photos have shown Deadpool holding a teddy bear hostage. Billboard signs have begun appearing that are absolutely ridiculous and brilliant at the same time. And there was a sexy little fireside photo shoot of Ryan Reynolds on a bearskin rug that had it’s 15 seconds of internet fame when it was released.

Which is all a huge relief considering how the character was so badly butchered when Reynolds played him in the questionable Wolverine: Origins. The movie infamously sewed the Merc with a Mouth’s lips shut at the end and shoved two giant swords up his arms in a boneheaded decision that made fans throw up their hands in disgust. (Another popular X-Men character, Gambit was also butchered in the film and appears to be getting a second chance with a solo film of his own starring Channing Tatum soon.)

Fox’s Deadpool rated R and starring, Ryan Reynolds opens in theaters everywhere February 12th.