‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’: Deadpool Designers Address Fan Backlash

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Bring up cult comic book mercenary Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool these days, and you’ll get a variety of responses,: movie fans continue to hope that Ryan Reynolds will bring the character to life sooner rather than later, and due to recent developments, speculation on whether he may just appear in the upcoming X-Force.

But that wouldn’t be the first time Reynolds has played the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ on the big screen – even if fans have wiped X-Men Origins: Wolverine out of their memory. After years of criticism, the lead special effects designers responsible for the much-maligned take on Deadpool have come forward to explain the thinking behind the creation.

The first knee-jerk reaction to seeing veteran effects gurus Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. address their critics directly may be to finally let one’s own rage boil over, but the pair clearly have well-developed senses of humor. Beginning by addressing some of the fair (but foul-mouthed) issues voiced by many fans, the duo explain that no single person is responsible for the surgically-altered-and-mouthless Deadpool (a treatment the character himself apparently hates).

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Nobody is going to claim that Deadpool fans overreacted to what was done to their beloved anti-hero in Origins – Gillis and Woodruff admit that fan backlash means a passionate audience, which is why they do what they do. The wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking gun for hire became a test subject, silent, gifted with laser vision and retractable katanas.

The pair of effects specialists are quick to explain that design decisions in major studio productions – especially those based on enormous comic book properties – aren’t made quickly, easily, or unanimously. That explanation even removes much of the fan hate from director Gavin Hood’s shoulders (for this particular element of the film, at least), but is the ‘abomination’ seen on screen simply a case of too many cooks in the kitchen?

It was never a secret that Fox had bigger plans for Deadpool than a brief appearance in Wolverine’s standalone adventure – the end credits teaser was proof. And according to the effects team, that plan for the future was also partly responsible for an underwhelming debut. The video explains the thinking behind the twisted, scarred make-up and appliances seen in the film, but it also sounds as if the Origins version of Deadpool would have eventually grown into the one fans had hoped for.

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All fan anger aside, the good news is that the spoiled appearance doesn’t seem to have soured fans on either a Deadpool film, or Ryan Reynolds’ ability to do the character justice. But time doesn’t heal every wound, so although comic fans may have a faithful Deadpool movie to hope for (just awaiting Fox’s go-ahead), it won’t share any connection to the backstory attempted in Origins.

Regardless how long fans have to wait to see the Deadpool they know and love on the big screen, it’s nice to finally hear exactly what the thinking was behind the half-baked version seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And if nothing else, know who not to attack for trying to do the best they could given the circumstances.

Has this explanation from the effects designers helped to remove some of the sting, or are you still as enraged as the day the film released?


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  1. First of all, how can they call him deadpool the merc with the mouth, if he’s got no mouth? Second, I know this may sound weird, but I think Kevin Smith would be a great director for Deadpool movie, and Jason Mewes would be hilarious as Deadpool.

    • Weird isn’t the word for it. Horrible is more like it.

  2. They can be glad that they didn’t get hurt for what they did to that character.

    • same, when I saw that I almost flipped the table(but it had popcorn bowls on it so…)

  3. Hilarious and smart. As long as I understand what you’re doing, keep doing whatever you’re doing. BTW, I never knew Deadpool’s storyline but thought this was interesting enough.

  4. I find it funny how people are complaining about Deadpool in X-men Origins… Have you watched the movies seen what X-men movies did to the well the X-men?

  5. Its one of greatest movie but I would like to see more

  6. Thank you for trying to explain the horrors of this movie… But I don’t think they realize what people were upset about the character. I realize they where trying to be clever and try something people might find amusing by getting rid of the mouth of the merc with the mouth. It didn’t go as you’ll thought. “Who knew taking away what makes a character the character wouldn’t work.” I can’t forgive that sure, what I myself and I’m many other didn’t like was feeling the writers or people that had the way so didn’t read to far into his backstory or what makes Deadpool, Deadpool. He has Wolverines healing factor? Cool! Then he must have adamantium bone too then let’s give him katanas that shoot out of his hand instead off claws… Hmm what else, how about we just give him teleportation through mutating powers. Sure why not. Still not badass enough let’s guess give him laser vision too. Yay!!!! It just felt like lazy character design and lazy story telling. I just hope they have learned from it and make sure they hire people that understands their characters or just do alittle more research before going forward.

  7. Did no one realize when they first saw it that they had things planned for the character? It was pretty obvious so I have no idea why people got upset, if it the movie was received well we might be on Deadpool 3 by now, long receiving the Deadpool we all wanted.

  8. It was an Origins movie, highlighting Wolverine. We all were able to see bits of other mutants (candy). I think the amount shown of Deadpool, while still allowing him to be an ‘expendable’ opponent was fine. It allowed him to fight the main character, visually provide a reason for losing powers, as well as give writers the leeway to cut his binds to a specific entity. (stryker) Everything, especially aesthetics can be cleaned up in HIS OWN MOVIE. (part of throwing a controversial element out there is to give people something to focus/obsess about. ‘control’.) Storywise is a little more challenging, BUT they didn’t show him for too long! There can be several stories to look forward to! I say it was sloppy story telling, aesthetics may have been necessary, perhaps better to have used a different character but i’m not sore about it.

  9. funny that its actually scott adkins fighting :P not ryan .

  10. Don’t you people understand they did those things horrible things that we really didn’t like to deadpool on purpose to see how many people would hate it and respond to it to see if they could make a good deadpool movie