As the superhero genre continues its box office dominance, franchises that have taken risks with crazy twists on the standard formula have been rewarded greatly. There’s no better example of this than Deadpool, whose R-rated, but still playfully immature sense of humor scored 20th Century Fox their biggest box office win yet for an X-Men film.
Deadpool feels like it sprung up spontaneously. But we know that movies go through a million possibilities before landing on the iteration that makes it to the screen. Deadpool’s film had a 12-year development cycle. That’s so long that the film’s leaked pitch video had Deadpool singing Gwen Stefani’s 2006 hit, ‘Hollaback Girl.’ All said, it should be no surprise that there were a few different plans for Deadpool’s look, not to mention the thrust of his story, along the way.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, concept artist Kelton Cram revealed his design for Deadpool’s “origin suit.” This was a less polished design he was meant to wear before transitioning into his traditional duds.
“We wanted to try a completely new direction… a self-made, makeshift suit made from motorcycle gear. As with most origin stories, this suit would go through a transition, eventually becoming something closer to the one he wears in the comics.”
While the film did show us some less functional- – more blood-showing — iterations of his outfit, these certainly would have made for some fun evolutions of the concept in a longer film.
So who is that third (non-Deadpool) design in the imgur link? That is the comic villain Random. In the original pitch for Deadpool, he was a member of The Marauders, who in the comics are associated with Mr. Sinister. So was Sinister — who was hinted at in the stinger of X-Men Apocalypse — originally meant to be the Big Bad of Deadpool? Cram apparently wasn’t privvy to that info.
“I’m not really sure if he had a relation to the Sinister character. The basic idea was a merc with the ability to grow a weapon from his arm. And of course they wanted him to be huge! (Which is why I went with Stone Cold [Steve Austin] for the reference.)”
Perhaps some of these holdover elements from the original pitch will make it into the Deadpool sequel? Only time will tell, but we’ll likely start to get more information before it starts filming early next year. Be sure to stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on all things mutant related.
Deadpool is available now in digital, DVD, and Blu-Ray formats. Deadpool 2 does not yet have a confirmed release date. Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. X-Force is also in development.