Blood! Mayhem! Carnage! Postmodern meta-commentary!
Has 2015 been the most exciting year for scifi and fantasy ever? We always knew it was going to be massive – a couple of Marvel movies, a Mad Max, a 007, a Hunger Games, a Jurassic World and Sir Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel made sure scale was never going to be a problem – but it’s been the quality that’s been the happy surprise. I’ve lost count of the number of times that a movie or TV show has left me with a big grin on my face – and we haven’t even seen The Force Awakens yet...
The SFX team have picked their highlights of 2015 on the left there, but this issue our great, big eye of Sauron is trained on the 12 months ahead. In our Massive 2016 Preview (p53), we’ve picked out the essential TV shows, movies, books and comics that will define your year. Along the way we speak with X-Files creator Chris Carter, Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell, Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, Captain America himself, Chris Evans, and many more, to give you the key intel on the sci-fi and fantasy that matters.
To make sure you don’t miss any big genre action this year, make sure you subscribe to SFX, and get every issue delivered to your door. See p30 for details.
And, most importantly, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, with plenty of food, fun and (we hope) a memorable Doctor Who festive special – Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi give us some hints of what to expect on p44.
“Dude, he’s the perfect choice!” According to Rob Liefeld, Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool. And having created the so-called Merc With the Mouth with Fabian Nicieza in 1991, he should know.
“You’re not going to find that voice, that attitude and that physicality anywhere else,” Liefeld tells SFX. “When Ryan was first cast as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I was thrilled because he’s a great actor with a great physicality, and he’s always game for anything. I reckon we’ll come to see this as a signature role for him. In the same way that Robert Downey Jr has come to embody Tony Stark, Ryan Reynolds embodies Deadpool. This is the blockbuster role that will always be there for him.”
With the character’s anarchic humour, fourth-wall busting and graphic hyper-violence, Liefeld believes that director Tim Miller and co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have made Deadpool into a superhero movie like no other. “I couldn’t be more excited because they’ve taken Deadpool and made him R-rated. It’s a completely different take on a comic book character, and if the relentless and varied setpieces and different mix of supporting characters that’s in the script makes it to the screen, this movie will explode!” Stephen Jewell
2016’s top superhero? Don’t bet against it.