The critics and audiences were very satisfied with the R-rated, bawdy humor of Tim Miller’s “Deadpool” movie. It also served as a reprieve for the character and actor Ryan Reynolds who played a neutered, odd and poorly regarded version of him in Gavin Hood’s 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.
Hood, speaking to Cinema Blend, has revealed he’s very happy with what Miller did because it stayed true to the original character, as opposed to being rendered a mess by studio committee decisions and a writer’s strike which he blames for ruining his version:
“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….It was just a little bit more below the radar initially.
And more credit to the filmmakers and to Ryan, 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, by [studio heads].”
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 he 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.”
A “Deadpool” sequel is currently in the works, while the first film hits Digital & DVD on May 10th.