Marvel’s Deadpool has surpassed box-office expectations, leaving fans wanting more — except in Japan where we’re still waiting for the movie to open!
▼ The Japanese trailer with a nicely ambiguous “2016” release date
I bet Deadpool doesn't come out February 12th in wack ass Japan.—
Jerel (@sotweeteth) January 17, 2016
As you can see, people were more or less expecting a delayed release of Deadpool from the get-go. After all, the land of the rising sun is notorious for not releasing movies in a timely fashion for some mysterious reason. But that’s okay, we’re patient folk and can wait a few weeks or so.
Say, when does that film open here anyway?
Deadpool release dates. Seriously Japan, WHY?? https://t.co/yaBWXeOhlK—
☽Shiryō☾ (@ShiryoAoi) January 15, 2016
Aside from the fact that Shiryo should charge her battery before going anywhere, you’ve probably noticed that one of these dates is not like the others. While a majority of countries are getting to see Deadpool on or around 12 February, Japan wasn’t to get it until 12 August, 2016.
Some people tried to reach out to Deadpool himself but to no avail as he’s a fictional character. One person did the next best thing and tweeted Ryan Reynolds to inquire on the international logistics of a film he acted in.
@VancityReynolds is deadpool really set to come out on August 12th in Japan or is IMDb lying to me?—
Max Guy (@EMG_3) January 17, 2016
Reynolds did not respond to Max Guy, presumably because he was busy in bed with lots and lots of beautiful women at the time…sigh.
Anyway, the question still lingers as to why Japan got such a long and hard shaft on this movie’s release. You could claim localization difficulties given the pop-culture humor mixed into Deadpool, but that didn’t stop South Korea, Vietnam, or Thailand from getting it in a timely fashion.
Perhaps the studios thought that Deadpool wasn’t a popular enough character in Japan and not worth the expense of a simultaneous release. They may have seen this video from Comiket 89 last December in which the woman interviewing a Deadpool cosplayer doesn’t know who she’s talking to.
But the guy certainly has a presence and a fan-base here:
はなき (@HnkntK) February 01, 2016
Chu才原茉莉乃 (@Chu_marino_avex) February 09, 2016
More recently, thanks to the outpouring of complaint it appears the distributors’ hearts grew three sizes and they decided to release it earlier than they previously announced! In June!
Check Deadpool release date in Japan -> June 2016. 🖕🏼🇯🇵🖕🏼—
Fahad Khan (@fahadtkhan) February 12, 2016
It’s doubtful that even all the Whos in Whoville would get those grinches to budge the release any more than they already have. So, we’ll just have to spend the next four months hearing all of the details of the movie second hand so it’ll be nice and well-spoiled by the time it gets here. Thanks a lot, whack-ass Japan.