When it comes to candidates for Screen Junkies‘ “Honest Trailer” treatment, few films seem like a more obvious choice than Deadpool. After all, the Merc with a Mouth is well-known for his love of breaking the fourth wall, and lovingly(?) skewering FOX throughout the marketing push for his film debut.
In that spirit, who better to help narrate the Honest Trailer for Deadpool than Deadpool himself? The full video can be seen above, and you better believe it’s hilarious – although the sheer amount of bad language it contains might not be safe for work (even though they’re bleeped out).
As funny as the clip above is, what really sticks out is the portion that lists off all of the comic book-based blockbusters that Deadpool has outperformed at the domestic box office. Not only is Deadpool the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all time – “except for Jesus” sayeth Deadpool – it has now beaten both Thor films, the first two Captain America outings, Batman V Superman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and every prior entry in the X-Men film lineage. Making this victory all the sweeter is Deadpool’s relatively minuscule – by Hollywood standards – $58 million budget, less than half of what the average Marvel Studios project costs to make. Combine that small budget with a worldwide box office take of over $761 million, and 20th Century Fox has every right to be celebrating.
As a film studio, Fox takes a lot of heat for its handling of its Marvel properties; of course whether that heat is always deserved or not is an argument for another time. Still, it’s hard to find fault with how the studio has handled Deadpool, either as a film or as a brand. Pushed into it by the fans or not, Fox finally signed off on the creation of the hard-R Deadpool film fans have wanted for years, and was even happy to be relentlessly bashed for their prior treatment of the character in its advertising. For this one movie at least, Fox seemingly did everything right. At this point, the memory of X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s inexplicably silent version of Deadpool has almost been completely supplanted in the minds of most fans. Almost.
Will that trend of (mostly) non-interference continue into Deadpool 2, now that Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson is officially the star of an A-level franchise? That remains to be seen, although Deadpool will likely have some choice words for any corporate executives that might try to spoil his fun.
Deadpool is now available on Digital HD. X-Men: Apocalypse will open in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13, 2018 (possibly The New Mutants).
Source: Screen Junkiues