The trailer for 20th Century Fox's Deadpool was released Tuesday evening, and fans have wasted no time dissecting the clip. Now, director Tim Miller has chimed in with his own breakdown of the trailer, speaking to Empire about each of its individual scenes.
Most of Miller's breakdown centers on the trailer's action, much of which comes from a scene he calls the "12 bullets fight."
"Again, this sequence stems from the teaser I did. The car wrecks, and these guys all surround the car and Wade puts his hands up to try and distract them from shooting,” said Miller. “That fight, by the way, is called the '12 Bullets Fight', because he only has 12 bullets in his gun, and he’s got to kill all these bad guys."
The gunfight is a lead-in to Deadpool confronting the film's main bad guy, Ajax.
“He’s sitting on the bridge waiting for Ajax. It’s Christmas Day, and Wade’s been waiting for Ajax to get out of prison for five years, because he thinks Ajax can fix his face. So this is the day Ajax gets out of the Supermax, and Wade’s just sitting there on the bridge, waiting for him to get out and drive by, so he can beat the shit out of him."
Miller also spoke about riding the fine line between Deadpool and Wade Wilson, saying “For the most part, we try to stick to the rule that Wade Wilson can’t break the fourth wall. He’s not aware that he’s in a movie. Deadpool is. He only breaks the fourth wall when he’s Deadpool. So we’re tiptoeing on the edge of breaking our own rule there, because he’s still Wade at that point. We shot a few more Green Lantern jokes, but I’m not sure how many will survive the cut.”
“He’s spouting weird sh-- all the time, and if you don’t pick up on every joke, that’s fine. But you can’t leave everybody behind all the time. Any joke that an audience needs to look up on the internet after the movie is not something I’m in favor of.”
Speaking of the cameos seen in the trailer, Miller said "We were never going to be able to keep Colossus as a secret. He was in the script that leaked and all that. I wasn't actually sure, until we were standing there shooting it, that at some point Fox was going to say, 'Hold on a second; we can’t put Colossus from our treasured X-Men franchise in this movie to be made fun of!' But they did, and not only that, but also they let me change the look of him. As a fanboy I’ve always been like, 'That dude with the shiny skin is not f------ Colossus.' He should be this monstrous guy, and they actually let me make him seven-and-a-half feet tall. I did actually call Daniel Cudmore to ask him if he wanted to do this, even though he’d be entirely CG the whole time. He was very nice about it. He was like, 'I appreciate your offering, but nah.'"
"In the original script the action in the third act was great, but it was just Deadpool and a lot of guns,” Miller continued. “One of my notes early on was that I wanted to see more superhero stuff. We had Garrison Kane in there for a while, but in the final round of budget cuts we had to take him out, because he was a pretty expensive dude. He’s got these bionic arms that change shape; he would have been a visual effect for a large part of the movie. And as it turned out, a visual effect too far.”
“I went through the list of Marvel characters and picked a few others I thought could be visually spectacular and fun. And at the end of that list was Negasonic, which I just thought was a freaky, funny name. And I sent this list over to the writers, Rhett [Reese] and Paul [Wernick], and they were like, 'Oh my f------ god, we have to use her!' So that’s how she ended up in the movie. Her name was cool, and we kind of wanted a straight-man to play against Colossus. We thought about Cannonball, but he would’ve been a stupid hick character, whereas the guys wrote Negasonic as this deadpan goth teen, which was a great angle. She turned out really well.”
As for characters we can expect in a sequel, Miller said, “There aren’t really many definitive Deadpool villains, apart from Cable. If we don’t put Cable in Deadpool 2 I think we’ll be run out of town on a rail."
Miller also spoke about several bits that were seen at Comic-Con International: San Diego that didn't make it into the public trailer.
"The Comic-Con trailer was a little bit longer. This version had to be shorter, for whatever reason, so the things that got taken out were a couple of real in-joke things that, again, wouldn’t necessarily play to a general audience. Stan Lee was in the Comic-Con trailer, and there was another shot with Rob Liefeld, Deadpool’s creator. Those moments were for the Comic-Con fans. It went over so well at Comic-Con. Everybody there was so primed to like this film. It didn’t go to my head at all. I came out just thinking, 'F---, now we really have to deliver!' We were kind of under the radar before, at least within Fox. That’s all over now..."
Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.