15Ryan Reynolds Knew Fans Would Hate It
Ryan Reynolds knew that the Weapon XI version of Deadpool was going to miss with fans, and he tried to tell studio executives in order to get it changed.
Reynolds recalled being told, "‘Play Deadpool in this movie or we’ll get someone
else to.’ And I just said, ‘I’ll do it, but it’s the wrong version. Deadpool isn’t correct in it.'” He continued to finish the film but then proceeded to pressure Fox into making the standalone Deadpool film, which would take seven years and a Green Lantern movie to finally get the green light. As it turns out his persistence and loyalty to the character would pay off in the 2016 Deadpool film.
Although X-Men Origins: Wolverine had a massive budget of $150 million and Deadpool had a budget $58 million, Reynolds managed to prove that he had connected with the character’s audience when his Deadpool outperformed the massively funded movie.
Origins would go on to make just over $373 million, and Deadpool would steal the show grossing over $783 million worldwide. Not only did it make more money, it made that money faster. Origins was in theaters for 22 weeks, while Deadpool was in for 18 weeks, proving that it was a good idea to get rid of the PG-13 rating and stay true to the character.