(August 9, 2015) Original
(December 27, 2015) New Trailers (#3 & #4) / New Posters (#2-#6)
(February 7, 2016) New Posters (#7-#11)
February 12, 2016
From IMDb: “A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.”
Poster Rating: C / C+ / C+ / B / B / B+ / C (3) / C+ / C
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Review: (#1) Those familiar with the comics will recognize the logo. However, no one else will be that interested.
(#2) This is a more effective standie design, rather than just a simple poster. Having people posing while sitting on Deadpool Santa’s lap is effective. This isn’t particularly. (#3) A bit too precious to be thoroughly engaging, but sufficiently humorous to draw one’s attention. (#4) This character is nothing but suggestive and this more than adequately equates to the concept of guns of penises.
(#5) Why this yearbook photo amuses so much is beyond me. It has a lot of humor, but isn’t terribly creative stylistically. (#6) Ride that Colossus into battle! With one simple design, the fourth-wall breaking conceit is entrenched (Stan Lee cameos in these movies, but now he’s even in a cameo on the poster) and the lunacy of the title character is enshrined.
(#7-#9 & #11) These standard posters have a cute, but unimpressive quality that really needs to be more compelling. (#10) The French design takes the saucy tease poster and adds an explosion in the background to make it more exciting. It almost works.
Trailer Rating: B / B+ / B+ / B
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Review: (#1 & #2) These two trailers are almost entirely identical. For the first half, the scenes are almost verbatim the same. However, as the character comes into his own, the second trailer (the Red Band trailer) displays his uber-violence and coarse language, making it clear that this film is geared towards adults and not children. It also makes the trailer feel more fresh and less sanitized. The first trailer would feel more at home on a small screen with children around.
(#3 & #4) Whereas the first trailer pair (green-band and red-band) ended up with the red-band trailer being the funnier and more exciting of the two, this second pair of trailers finds the green-band the superior. Dripping with humor of the most foul kind, this second trailer still over-accentuates the bridge battle, but there seems to be more depth of story on display this time around, which should help audiences recognize that the film is more than just battle choreography and crass humor.