Tim Miller’s Deadpool is a massive success, both critically and commercially. The character works so well on screen, it’s almost shocking to remember that Ryan Reynolds tried to play Wade Wilson in a superhero movie before, only to see it crash and burn. But when I asked Gavin Hood, the director of X-Men: Origins – Wolverine the reason why he believes the new Deadpool works better than the version of Deadpool he tried to bring to the screen, his answer was as honest and intelligent as you’d hope.
Gavin Hood cast Ryan Reynolds as mercenary for hire Wade Wilson in the ill-fated X-Men: Origins: Wolverine. If you saw the new Deadpool movie, you caught a lot of the jokes aimed at the mistaken version of Deadpool that was presented in Wolverine. But Hood knows why this version works better… the character finally was allowed to be himself! Hood told me:
The production of X-Men: Origins – Wolverine was notoriously difficult, with a writers strike preventing proper changes to the script when it was decided to expand beyond a proper Wolverine origin story. Ryan Reynolds, a devout Deadpool fan, was asked to play a version of the character who didn’t fit the anti-hero’s origins. As you may recall, they sewed his mouth shut.
More than anything, in discussing this new Deadpool versus the Deadpool he was asked to make, Gavin Hood just seemed happy for Ryan Reynolds, that the actor finally was able to bring the right version of the character to the screen. He told me:
They did indeed, to the tune of $754 million in global ticket sales. Can this be a lesson to studios looking to make a proper superhero movie? Stay true to the character’s characteristics, and the rest – you hope – will fall in line.
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