X-Men Origins: Wolverine was very unkind to Deadpool. In one of the all-time most head-scratching instances of a movie getting a character wrong, the Merc With a Mouth was turned into a mute killing machine who had laser eyes. There was one good thing to come of his inclusion of the movie, though: it started the wheels in motion for Ryan Reynolds to reprise the role in the Deadpool spinoff movie, and the rest is fairly lucrative history.
One might think that X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood would have some sour grapes about how poorly his movie’s take on Deadpool was received in comparison to the more recent version. However, it would appear that Hood is just as happy about Deadpool’s redemption as any other fan.
“I think the character works so well now, because the character is allowed to be who the character really is, unencumbered by, you know, PG-13 requirements and a great deal of marketing debate. I think the fact that the filmmakers kind of made that film below the radar — and I happen to know a little bit, only because my production designer from Ender’s Game, Sean Haworth… was the designer on Deadpool. I remember when he was making the film, it was just a little bit more below the radar initially. And more credit to the filmmakers and to Ryan [Reynolds], that they took control of their character and got on and let Ryan do the film. Deadpool is a motor mouth, foul mouth character, and it’s very difficult with these big movies to, when you have to work within certain parameters that are set by [the studio].
I think Ryan is fantastic and I think Sean, again, who I worked with on Ender’s Game, as a production design job… I’m so thrilled for him, because there’s a huge talent and Ryan is a huge talent and he has been able to just bring out his essence as an actor in a role that he really loved.”
According to Hood, studio attention is what made him include Deadpool in his own movie in the first place, implying that perhaps without that interference things would have been different:
“You know, when he did the little cameo bit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was exactly what we’ve been talking about. It was the studio attempting to plug in a few characters and test the waters. But now [Reynolds] gets to make his own movie and he did it with great courage and with the full force of his personality, so he deserves every success. I think he’s done really well, and I think it’s fantastic that they had the courage to just go ahead and make the film. They had to make it R rated, but can you imagine if they were trying for PG-13? I just don’t think it would have worked. Which is not to say that other films shouldn’t be PG-13. Of course you want that huge audience. But you’ve got to be very careful that you’re not torturing the material to fit a particular marketing strategy, and that’s what they didn’t do with Deadpool. They just made the film the way it needed to be made, I think.”
So while Hood did not have much success bringing Deadpool to the big screen, he appears to be genuinely happy for those who did. That’s a good thing for him, since filming on the sequel will be starting this fall. Hood’s latest movie, the R-rated thriller Eye in the Sky, is now playing in theaters.
Deadpool will be released on Blu-ray on May 10, 2016. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.