Fans of either Deadpool, Marvel Comics, or Ryan Reynolds may already be aware that bringing this year’s Deadpool to the big screen was no easy task. From almost the very first discussion 11 years ago, it seemed the ‘Merc-With-A-Mouth’ was never going to get a fair shot at his chance to share the big screen with other X-Men and characters, who seem to be embracing the current Golden Age of superhero cinematic adventures.

Talking with Comic Book Resources, Reynolds outlined how he relates to Wade Wilson and how to redeem the reputation of both 20th Century Fox and the character, after the misguided and panned interpretation of Deadpool first seen in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

“I relate to and love his self-loathing. He’s just a guy who’s in this sort of shame spiral, a highly militarized shame spiral, and it’s fun to watch. And that’s something I’ve always connected to.”

The very character traits Reynolds describes as his favourite qualities could not be further from the first interpretation, which saw Fox literally sew up the very mouth that would deliver some of the rudest but most hilarious comments uttered from a superhero’s mouth. He discussed the obstacles in the way, and how the studio needed a push in the right direction.

“The studio, God bless them, they didn’t understand it. They didn’t believe in it fully. They didn’t know what it was. The fans let them know that they could make this movie, and they could make it in the most authentic way that Deadpool fans would respect and love, and they did.”

The test screen footage for a new and improved Deadpool was shelved by the studio, never intended to be seen by anyone. It wasn’t until it leaked on the Internet in August 2014 (allegedly by director Tim Miller!), that Fox knew it did indeed have a fanbase to tap into.


Deadpool - Tim Miller

Tim Miller


After the disastrous first outing by Ryan Reynolds to enter the superhero game with Green Lantern, it was a saving grace for the actor who seems destined to lead a franchise.

“I always say that, and you’ll hear a lot of actors thank the fans and it sort of sounds like rhetoric. But it’s real. They pushed this movie over the hump that we couldn’t do. Thank God for the internet. Thank God for the fans.”

Deadpool has since gone on to make over $760 million at the box office, and has set a record for highest earning R-rated film of all time, and most profitable X-Men movie for Fox. That is, to say, the gamble most certainly paid off.

“You’re just thinking, ‘If we don’t get this right, we are 100% fucked.’ As [the suit] was being developed and designed, we had all these notes, and we just had no time. The studio green-lit the movie, and basically ten months from our first day of shooting we were on the big screen.”

Suffice it to say, there is no doubt that Fox will not mess with a winning formula, and fans can eagerly await the return of a character much quicker than the initial 11 years it took for the first outing. And for Ryan Reynolds? It seems he may have just finally found his hero to propel him into a franchise for years to come.


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