When it comes to comic book movies, no matter how great the promotion of the film may be, there are definitely a few projects out there that disappoint fans more than just a bit. One of those movies that had fans pumped but wound up actually killing brain cells upon repeat viewings (for those that were subjected to that particular brand of torture), was 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There’s no use beating a dead horse here; you know it sucked, 20th Century Fox knows it sucked, and even Deadpool himself has a thing or two to say on the subject. That being said, the film did offer one wonderful piece of superhero history: it gave fans their first glimpse of Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson. Over this past weekend, the same studio finally gave fans what they really wanted with a standalone Deadpool movie starring Reynolds in the title role and it was amazingly perfect. So perfect, in fact, that the film is breaking records all over the place. Who can you thank for such a massive opening? Well, The Merc with a Mouth himself, Ryan Reynolds, has an idea.
Everyone knew that Deadpool would be a success from the moment Ryan Reynolds someone decided to leak the test footage almost two years ago. The studio behind the picture, 20th Century Fox, was hoping for a weekend box office around $60mil. Those expectations, like the nine box office records Deadpool took on this weekend, were absolutely shattered when the receipts show that the R-Rated superhero flick managed to rake in over $150mil in just three days. With such unbelievable numbers, Ryan Reynolds felt it was necessary to voice his thanks to the people that count, via Twitter.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 14, 2016
Really, the fans (and the curious) were the people that bankrolled this blockbuster so it is absolutely right that Reynolds should be thanking them. With Deadpool 2 already greenlit and with Cable already announced as a character in the film, fans can definitely count on seeing more of Reynolds in the role. As the most successful R-Rated superhero movie in history, there is no doubt that the non-kid-friendly character will show up on movie screens as long as audiences continue shelling out the cash to see him. This success does open up an entirely new can of worms, however, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn had a few things to say about that can.
In a recent Facebook post, Gunn expressed his ideas on why Deadpool was successful and how the Hollywood machine will wind up missing the reason the property has succeeded when others have failed.
“…Deadpool was its own thing. THAT’S what people are reacting to. It’s original, it’s damn good, it was made with love by the filmmakers, and it wasn’t afraid to take risks…”
How does Gunn expect Hollywood to react to that success?
“So, over the next few months, if you pay attention to the trades, you’ll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool. They’ll be green lighting films “like Deadpool” – but, by that, they won’t mean “good and original” but “a raunchy superhero film” or “it breaks the fourth wall.” They’ll treat you like you’re stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn’t do.
But hopefully in the midst of all this there will be a studio or two that will take the right lesson from this – like Fox did with Guardians by green-lighting Deadpool – and say – “Boy, maybe we can give them something they don’t already have.”
Gunn is right in so many ways. Fans of the superhero genre will likely be subjected to Deadpool wannabes over the next few years, and those knock offs will no doubt be the butt of Deadpool’s on screen jokes from time to time. All fans can really hope is that at least one or two of those studios out there really get it and keep giving fans intelligent, original films that just happen to have a superhero at the center.
How many times did you see Deadpool this weekend? Besides Cable, which characters are you hoping to see in the sequel?