Deadpool's Tim Miller talks Negasonic Teenage Warhead, new-look Colossus

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Dec 28, 2015

The team behind Deadpool dropped a new trailer on Christmas to make the holidays a bit more naughty, and now director Tim Miller has opened up with some fresh intel on what we can expect from the Merc With A Mouth’s first solo outing.

Miller sat down with Empire to break down the new footage, and provided quite a bit of new information on the supporting cast of mutant who’ll be joining Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool next year. First up, Miller touched on how they decided on the little-known (to the general public, anyway) mutant Negasonic Teenage Warhead as a new addition to the X-Men world. Basically, she’s a snarky teenager who has no patience for Deadpool’s weirdness.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“I think Deadpool wishes she’d keep her mouth shut more than she does in the film! Because she’s quite snarky. But, you know, her whole attitude is this disaffected teen who thinks Deadpool’s just a douchebag. And so that’s her whole attitude. She’s really not that silent in the film or at least she’s silently surly because she just can’t be bothered to engage with this asshole. That’s the basics of her personality: silently shaming, judgmental personality.

We chose her because we wanted a trainee for Colossus in the film and the writers and I just fell in love with her name. It’s just so out there and so Deadpool and it was Grant Morrison who named her, so we knew we had to get her in there. And then we thought, well, we’re going to need to make her powers fit with who she feels like she is in the movie and so to me it’s just like other characters in the Marvel universe, like Nitro, for instance, whose power is to just explode parts of their body. But we did try to do it so that it wasn’t just a simple, ‘Oh, I can explode’, she can transfer the force of the explosion down so she can move upwards - she can put it into a punch if she wanted to. So it was really just her fist exploding as she hit somebody.”

Moving on to the most obvious connection to the X-Men universe, Miller said they wanted to put their own spin on the character of Colossus by bringing him into the fold. That’s why he’s bigger and stronger than any version of the character you remember from the X-films. In this story, he’s training Negasonic Teenage Warhead as a young protege, which should make for one interesting dynamic.  

Check out those comments below:

“We got a big old fight with him in the third act which is great. He’s always been one of my favorite characters just because he’s just so visually impressive and you know, when you’re a comic book reader, the writing’s important, but also you want these incredible looking characters and action and I always loved him from my early days collecting comics. But to me he was always this giant behemoth, and to do it as sort of a normal-size guy didn't seem to fit the character, and more importantly I think we got a lot of value out of him being larger than life and, you know, this fantastic physical presence in - and I mean fantastic like otherworldly - this otherwise very grounded film. And he really connects us to the X-Men universe too which is a good thing in small doses.”

The full trailer breakdown is well worth a read, and includes a few other tidbits about the film’s setting (a “pre-post-apocalyptic Detroit” look), and how much butt MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano kicks as the Hulk-esque character Angel Dust (a lot).

Deadpool opens February 12, 2016. 

(Via Empire)

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