Andy Weir: The Deadpool Writers Were Moved to Tears By Comic Con Trailer Reaction

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 - 11:31AM
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 - 11:31AM
Andy Weir: The Deadpool Writers Were Moved to Tears By Comic Con Trailer Reaction
The release of the Deadpool trailer was unquestionably one of the biggest moments of San Diego Comic Con this year. It was not only a surprise to the audience, it was absolutely perfect, hilarious and faithful to a tee, and the Hall H attendees went completely bonkers for it. But according to The Martian author Andy Weir, Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were not at all confident before the trailer aired, and were moved to tears at its overwhelmingly positive reception. Weir wrote in a sweetly-worded Facebook post:

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They had some nice things to say about The Martian, so I got to pretend to be in their league for a few minutes. That was cool. But they were also a bit nervous. I asked why and they said "We're showing the first trailer for Deadpool at the panel. We don't know how well it'll be received."

So we filed into the VIP area at Hall H and watched the panels leading up to Deadpool. I could see they were pretty nervous. Finally, the moment came. The director and cast of Deadpool came on stage to thunderous applause and talked a bit about the film. Then it was time to show the trailer. I was right next to Rhett and Paul as the trailer played and I could feel their tension.

The crowd went absolutely ape-shit. They cheered wildly as soon as it began, and laughed/applauded their way through the whole thing. The trailer was AMAZING. When it was over, the audience gave it a standing ovation. Before the moderator could even speak, the mob was chanting "One more time! One more time!" So they showed it again to another round of thunderous standing applause.

Seeing the look on Rhett and Paul's faces, both of them wiping tears from their eyes, was my favorite moment of the con. Way to go, guys!
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Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad also released highly anticipated trailers, which were mostly well-received, but Deadpool really knocked it out of the park. Its R-rating is key, as it allowed the filmmakers to create the offbeat, profane, violent movie the Merc with a Mouth deserves. And the panel was a lovely love letter to the fans, as it was a mystery someone at San Diego Comic Con last year who leaked the Ryan Reynolds-starring test footage and allowed the movie to emerge from development hell in the first place.

And, as an SDCC side note, Weir also shared a photo with Mythbusters host Adam Savage and astronaut Chris Hadfield, who were both walking the show room floor in cognito:

More Comic Con goodness. Me hanging out with Adam Savage and Col. Chris Hadfield immediately after their incognito trip...

Posted by Andy Weir on Monday, July 13, 2015


Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle/Copycat, Ed Skrein as Ajax, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. It is set to come out in theaters on February 12, 2016.
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The Deadpool Writers Were Moved to Tears By Comic Con Trailer Reaction