Deadpool movie updates: film footage gets standing ovation at Comic-Con; Ryan Reynolds says fan commitment convinced studio to make movie

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Ryan Reynolds will portray the titular role in "Detective Pikachu." (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

During 20th Century Fox’s panel in San Diego Comic Con, fans hoped that despite not being a part of the confirmed list of movies, the wisecracking antihero “Deadpool” would make an appearance. The cast and crew did not let them down.

On Saturday afternoon at Hall H, Ryan Reynolds along with director Tim Miller and other co-stars confirmed that the ultimate Comic Con film will hit the theaters on February 12, 2016.

They also released the first look of the film with almost two minutes of footage showing some actions and comedic sequences. The clip introduces Reynolds as Wade Wilson who had experimental surgery after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The surgery left him heavily disfigured but with enhanced superpowers.

While he fights with adversaries and trash-talks some of his enemies, which famed him as the superhero “Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool also showed the iconic Marvel comics creator Stan Lee making a cameo in the film.

According to LA Times, the unexpected footage brought the hall packed with 6,500 people to their feet as they clapped and chanted, “One more time! One more time!”

The report added that Reynolds mentioned how long the film has been in production, “It’s only been 11 years in the waiting. You guys made the studio do this… It’s an absolute miracle that they let us make ‘Deadpool’ let alone a rated-R ‘Deadpool,” he said.

He continued, “Tim Miller [the director] and I just sat back there [pointing to backstage] and just shook our heads, in kind of awe, just thinking, ‘How did we get here?’ You guys, the internet, fans, you guys made the studio do this. You bent their arms behind their backs, twisted their frigging necks, and here we are.”

He also said that he thinks that people love the character because “it’s got everything you’d ever want”.

“I think this character inhabits a space in the comic book universe that no other person can or will ever inhabit,” Business Insider reports.