2016’s Deadpool film was the smash hit everyone wanted but no one anticipated. It was the perfect compliment to everything that was missing in the comic book movie genre: gore, mature jokes, and comedy.
So after the film’s domestic and overseas success, it’s no surprise that Fox was eager to release a second film as other studios scrambled to plan or rearrange upcoming superhero films to cater more toward the R-rated audience that devoured Deadpool. We saw this with Logan – while it wasn’t a comedy, it certainly was gory and more adult-oriented than any previous X-Men movie… and it was another massive success.
Following on the back of this new opportunity for Hollywood, it’s a bit more of a surprise that they now want to push into the lucrative group of superhero television shows with a just-announced animated Deadpool series:
From Marvel: “Deadpool, Donald and FX — the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth! We’re thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with Legion continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation.”
From FX: “Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta. With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original.”
Donald Glover is currently one of Hollywood’s darlings – beloved as a writer, actor, and director. His involvement is a good sign and leaves us hopeful. It being an animated show will allow for more freedom when it comes to special effects and massive fight scenes, which are both hard to produce and difficult to finance in live-action TV.
And it wouldn’t shock us to see this new Deadpool show follow in the footsteps of another FX success, Archer, which combines action with humor and has cultivated a massive and passionate audience.
It’s tough to say whether or not this will hit the mark. There’s quite a lot working against it: the oversaturation of comic/superhero television shows (five on the CW, five on Netflix, two on ABC, and one on FXX); having to censor a lot of the bloodiest and crudest content to fit television regulations; and finding an audience that is interested in more than a two hour gag reel.