In late February, after some Hasbro toy images of Deadpool made their way online, I wrote a piece on whether or not Fox had ruined the character of Deadpool. This was based on what we've seen in the Wolverine trailers thus far and the new toy images which some thought (and hoped) had been incorrectly labeled. Now we're hearing that our worst fears may be true.
In the beginning of March, the final full trailer for the Wolverine movie dropped, sparking a discussion on Fox’s treatment of key X-Men characters in Wolverine and how accurately they would be depicted in live-action.
Now that were caught up to present, we can get back to the MTV interview with Ryan Reynolds. In the interview, someone finally took the opportunity to ask Reynolds if that strange mutant we’ve seen in the trailers and in the toy line is in fact, Deadpool. Reynolds’ response:
“That, I would say, is Deadpool, yeah… When I’m in the scarred makeup too, and you’ll see closer shots obviously in the film, and it’s hard to even tell that’s me, but you can tell. You’ve just got to find a better shot.”
Uh oh. I guess those action figures weren’t incorrectly labeled and the purple pants-wearing mutant with the sewn-shut mouth is in fact, Deadpool.
Lasers? Adamantium Wrist-blades? Purple Pants instead of trademark costume? Next, they went on to ask Reynolds about the character's mouth being sewn shut.
“I’m not going to get into exactly what’s going on with his mouth, particularly because he is ‘the merc with the mouth...' But it’s going to be pretty interesting when people see it. People are going to be blown away and have a deep appreciation for what it is and how that character fits into this universe.”
Or, people who are fans of the character may be blown away with anger and they won’t appreciate how he’s nothing like the character from the comics. So many of us were hoping that the strange mutant from the trailers was Weapon XI, NOT Deadpool. It now looks like our hopes have been dashed.
"Deadpool" has really cool adamantium blades just like the real Deadpool... not.
This Deadpool action figure label is sadly correct.
"Deadpool" shoots really cool lasers from his eyes, just like the real Deadpool.
So, that's one character potentially mistreated, I hope the others are not as drastically different. With these types of movies, when characters are portrayed very differently from where they originate, they tend to be bad which results in a bad movie. This occurred with X-Men 3: The Last Stand when it really shouldn't have - the reason movies are made from this source material and these characters is because they were loved enough to be adapted into a feature film in the first place. Changing these things must mean someone thinks they aren't good enough, or they'd be better if they don't have the same origin... This is obviously rarely the case but the mistake is still repeatedly made.
What do you think about Deadpool’s new onscreen incarnation?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens May 1, 2009.