If you want to know the difference between a standard movie trailer for PG audiences or a red band trailer, this is your chance. Released on late night TV last night, it’s Marvel’s latest super anti-hero to hit the big screen, Deadpool. 20th Century Fox has leaked images of star Ryan Reynolds bit by bit over the past few months, including most recently a teaser trailer for the trailer earlier this week.
Clearly this is a movie made exclusively for fans of Deadpool. The rest of the world will likely take a pass unless we hear some early buzz from some reliable critics that this is better than it first appears. It’s another entry in the keep the kids (and parents?) at home sub-genre of superhero films–the darker side of the superhero sphere along with DC Entertainment’s forthcoming Suicide Squad (you wouldn’t be the first to confuse Deadpool with Deadshot or the similarly garbed Daredevil).
With the beginning scene like something from a serious drama, Reynolds then dons the supersuit and actually seems to be impersonating Jim Carrey in the dialogue we hear in the trailer. Carrey’s super anti-hero movie The Mask featured a similarly irreverent lead. Is that what Reynolds is shooting for here?
Wait no longer. Here is the standard trailer for Deadpool:
And don’t let your mom or kids watch this version, the red band trailer for Deadpool:
Or watch this trailer first if you plan to take Mom or your kids to this flick. The first trailer–the one most audiences will see in theater previews–is pretty misleading. Still, the action scenes alone will find an audience for this flick.
Deadpool is scheduled for release in theaters February 12, 2016.