Deadpool Film: Why the Backstory is just as Interesting

I think everyone can agree that the Deadpool film is great.

It’s cheesy, but that’s the point. Deadpool (2016) was a box office hit because we currently live in a world, overstocked with heaps of super hero movies. This isn’t a bad thing, but like all things — we will grow tired of the same old origin story.

Deadpool works because the story cross-kicks the way we perceive an origin story. Deadpool satires the super hero genre, commenting on super hero character tropes or plot twist cliches. Despite the box office success, this movie almost didn’t happen.

It all started back in 2004 when Ryan Reynolds expressed interest in playing the mischievous mercenary. Reynolds states:

Ya, I love the character. I’ve always loved the character. I remember reading one of the Deadpool comic books, and somebody asked Deadpool what he looks like. And he said he looks like a cross between a Shar-Pei and Ryan Reynolds. And I was like, I really, really wanna play this guy at some point

For the whole in-depth Interview: Screen Rant on Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool Spinoff

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Young Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Mr. Deadpool

Right off the Bat

Reynolds jumped on the opportunity to play a cameo of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Unfortunately, the character did not resemble Deadpool in the least. Luckily, the strong box office results from X-Men Wolverine (what??) gave new life to the prospect of releasing a Deadpool spin-off that would explore his origin story. In 2010, the script was written and Tim Miller was selected to direct — his first movie too! I’m not kidding.

But tragedy struck when Reynolds hopped on the Green Lantern train and watched as it tanked at the box office. Afterwards, Fox didn’t have the confidence to continue the project — not to mention that Deadpool was destined to receive an “R” rating due to it’s mature content.  It was too much of a risk and Fox was content to let the project sputter and dissipate.

— Until test footage was leaked and was met with a positive response. As a result, Fox ended up green-lighting the project for a smaller budget.

Reynolds said in an interview with Yahoo Movies

I would have, if I had known it would have caused that! Honestly, we all thought Tim Miller, the director, had leaked it. But I have since investigated that enough, in quiet moments when he was beyond the point of being penalized by anybody, and he said that he really didn’t do it. The initial [leak] came from Fox they think — someone recorded the footage on their iPhone and then released it

Despite the issues surrounding the Deadpool film, it was a smashing success in the box office and received the green light to start production for Deadpool 2.


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