Over the weekend, there was much geekiness over in San Diego, and a vast majority of this can be blamed on San Diego Comic-Con happening. One of the big reveals that came out of this was the announcement of an upcoming Deadpool game, complete with trailer. (I actually once included Deadpool on a list I wrote of comic book characters that need their own videogames. I think that makes me a prophet.)
Now, I’ve watched this trailer several times, and I’m still wrestling with myself over my opinion of it. I mean, it’s completely obnoxious, right? On an annoyance scale, it’s perhaps a few decimal points shy of Duke Nukem Forever.
It begins with that effect where there’s this audio backdrop of classical music, then you hear a record scratch before it transitions into Deadpool’s insane monologue. Now, I don’t know the exact origin of this formula, but I’m pretty sure it was clichéd before I was even old enough to know the meaning of the word clichéd. Then he proceeds to spout out obnoxious one-liners with pop culture references that are slightly outdated, and at one point he even looks at boobs and says, “More bouncy!”
On paper, this is perhaps the most annoying trailer I’ve seen all year.
Now, I want to hate it. I’ve tried to hate it. But I can’t. I mean, Deadpool is such a great character, his abrasiveness being an essential part of his personality (or should I say personalities?), I just can’t hate this trailer. In fact, there’s a part of me that giggles gleefully every time I watch it.
Perhaps this is in part to the voice work, done by the prestigious Nolan North. (If you’ve even casually passed by a video game in the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard this guy’s voice.) Or maybe it’s that High Moon Studios has completely nailed the character. Or maybe it’s just the fact that Deadpool is so overflowing with charisma.
The weird thing is, Deadpool is this character that, by his very nature, we should be repelled by, yet somehow he draws us in with his own seductive brand of insanity. I suppose that’s the whole point, though. I mean, Deadpool is all about over-the-top campiness, right?
I guess what I’m saying is just watch the trailer. Try to hate it. I dare you.