Pop-culture began in India a decade ago, and till then there’s no stopping! Every year cosplayers chose their favourite character – be it Batman or Joker, or any superhero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Not to forget, the old-school blood sucking Vampire still rule the hearts and the charts, when it comes to cosplay.
Iron Man and Loki became fan favourite over the years, and Suicide Squad made sure that many girls dressed up as Harley Quinn.
But, surprisingly, the fun and quirky ‘Deadpool’ character remain people’s favourite over the last two years. Amid all the new characters (Black Panther and others), the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ became a popular choice for cosplayers in 2016 after his movie made the character a cult-figure.
But have you wondered why this kind of favoritism? According to a report in the Times of India., Deadpool is a superhero that most nerds can actually relate to – something that doesn’t hold true for ‘more intense’ superheroes such as Captain America or Batman.
Deadpool is unique among superheroes in that he has – by no real effort on the part of his creators or Marvel – grown to become the comic book personification of internet memes.
Deadpool’s nature and persona, chiefly his sense of humour and propensity to talk to fans, lend him very naturally to cosplay.
Rakshit, who has cosplayed Deadpool at two Comic Cons in Delhi told Times of India, “He is a character who is unpredictable. Even in the comics and films, he knows he is performing. He will talk to fans. He is perfect for cosplay, because as cosplayers, that is what we do. We are performers without the fourth wall, right in the middle of the fans.”
Globally, cosplayers have tried with Deadpool cosplay, often merging him with other characters to create composite cosplay.
Delhi-based cosplayer Gaurav Thakur, who has won several competitions with his Deadpool cosplays was quoted as saying from TOI, “With other superheroes, you need a physique and certain body-type to be considered authentic, but not with Deadpool. He is so fun that you could be any body type and you would still be a genuine Deadpool cosplayer.”
According to Gaurav, Batman is brooding and serious. If anyone wants to cosplay him, they have to act all serious too. However, that’s not the case with Deadpool. You can be as fun as you want to be and even the fans love that. They also want cosplayers to be friendlier and Deadpool allows to do that.
According to cosplayers, Deadpool is a nerd himself. The raw, quirky sense of humour Deadpool brings with himself is another reason for his popularity among cosplayers.
Not only in India, the quirky character remains global sensation among cosplayers from many years now. American cosplayer and sketch artist P-Diddy has been cosplaying Deadpool at conventions for almost ten years now.
Deadpool 2, the much-awaited sequel to Ryan Reynolds’s path-breaking superhero film Deadpool, will hit theatres on May 18. The film packs a special surprise for fans of Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan also.
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh also lends his voice for the Hindi version of the movie. Ranveer brings his trademark brand of energy, cursing without abandon, switching between Marathi and Punjabi accents without a care in the world in the upcoming flick ‘Deadpool 2’.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand and Karan Soni.