The pic, a selfie of Reynolds as Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool) covered in deep purple bruises and presumably other people's blood, is captioned: "Officially halfway through production on #deadpool and I feel fine. The other guys? notsomuch."
Clearly, the film is following through on its promise to deliver an R-rated action film, which fans of the beloved character have been waiting for ever since the universally hated portrayal of Deadpool in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Before production was announced, many fans had long hoped for Reynolds to do a proper adaptation of the celebrated comic, given that the smart-mouthed comedic actor seems to have been born to play the character -- in the same way that Robert Downey Jr. simply is Tony Stark in Iron Man.
And Reynolds has been working hard to give the fans glimpses of the upcoming project. From sharing fan-art movie posters…
In the comics, Wade Wilson is a mercenary who is subjected to a deadly experiment that leaves him disfigured but with rapidly accelerated healing abilities. Armed with an array of weapons, and nearly unkillable, Wade takes up the identity of Deadpool, and goes hunting for the people who destroyed his life.
The comic is best known for Deadpool's twisted sense of humor and frequent habit of breaking the fourth wall -- including making references to the comic's speech bubbles, and even addressing the reader directly.