Masking the Merc with a Mouth: How Deadpool's expression got animated

Deadpool Movie (2016)
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With all the anticipation surrounding Deadpool 3: Deadpool & Wolverine – the upcoming Marvel blockbuster that's also rumoured to be featuring Taylor Swift – we decided to dig through our archives and found this interview with Wētā FX (formerly Weta Digital) discussing how the talkative 'merc with a mouth' was adapted for the big screen in 2016, ahead of the first Deadpool movie. 

The character of Deadpool (also known as Wade Wilson) has been a staple in Marvel comics since the 1990s, created by writers Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. But it took a while for the mercenary to become mainstream, given the R-rated nature of his humour, fourth-wall-breaking quips, and gruesome regenerative abilities. 

Deadpool Movie (2016)
Charles Tait

Charles is a Visual Effects Supervisor at Wētā FX (formerly Weta Digital) and his most recent project was the dramatic action-packed canyon chase sequence which opens the Marvel show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Charles also supervised visual effects for the period action spy film, The King’s Man, won an HPA Award for his contribution to Avengers: Infinity War, supervised visual effects on Deadpool where facial animation techniques were imperative to the character, and was integral to the supervisory teams on Alita: Battle Angel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.   

Alice Pattillo

Alice Pattillo is a freelance journalist with a passion for heavy metal, horror, science fiction, fantasy and comics. She has over seven years experience in magazines, formerly working as a staff writer at Creative Bloq, Imagine FX, Computer Arts and 3D World, as production editor for Guitar World and Guitar Player and online editor of Metal Hammer.