[dropcap size=small]B[/dropcap]ack in July, we reported the leak of the Deadpool film VFX Test Footage featuring Ryan Reynolds. Fox made us take it down. Then, back in August, we reported the leak again as it was released in HD.  Again, Fox made us take it down. 

As a fan of Ryan Reynolds, and Deadpool, the sheer fact that the footage had been released was enough to get us excited about any future prospects of the film, but once we learned the footage was from 2011, it made us wonder when or if the movie would ever be made at all. And furthermore, who leaked the footage and why?

A simple answer would suggest that the footage is just awesome enough, and someone who had access to the footage felt the need to share it with the world in fear that it would never see the light of day. But what if there was a different reason? What if it was leaked to get fans riled up and to test the waters to see if people still cared about the project? Well, the clear response is that it got comic fans and marvel fans in general worked up into a frenzy. 

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“Hi, my name is Deadpool. And I will be kicking in skulls on your local movie screen in 2016. Are you excited? Of course you are.”

Now, after years of development hell, it seems the script that was originally penned by the Zombieland team of Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, may actually be put to good use. According to sources, it has been confirmed that the movie has a locked in release date of February 12, 2016 with Ryan Reynolds returning to portray ‘the Merc With a Mouth’, and a more true version of the character at that. 

Fans will remember within the confines of the X-Men universe, more specifically the Weapon X program that Wolverine was a part of, comes Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool.

The character survived experimentation much like Wolverine himself and even shares very similar healing powers (though Deadpool has survived several decapitations in the comics, something the film adaptation depicted in the Origins: Wolverine after-credits scene).

An announcement this big is sure to shake things up for comic fans and superhero fans alike. What do you think? Are you excited? Or are you over the idea of a Deadpool live-action film? Share you thoughts in the comments below.

Deadpool casting is likely underway and will soon have a director attached if Fox has not done so already. Ryan Reynolds is set to return as Wade Wilson with no other casting announcements at this time. The screenplay is written by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick.

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