We're at the twilight of 2016, a year that'll be remembered mostly for its low points, rather than its highs. However, the finest form of escapism, cinema, has produced numerous gold nuggets, the big screen sparkling from within the grey sludge of questionable politics and celebrity deaths.
One contender for film of the year, Deadpool, was one of the unexpected gold nuggets. Wade Wilson was the superhero who appealed to both fanboys and general cinema-lovers; an R-rated, foul-mouth and absurd maverick who broke the expectations of Hollywood as easily as he broke the fourth wall.
The surprise success of #Deadpool's solo debut — including impressive box office takings of $760.3m from a $58m budget and the back-slapping, uproarious approval of critical acclaim — was the result of a perfect storm: #RyanReynolds was born for the role, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick elegantly crafted a vibrant and joke-filled script, and, of course, director Tim Miller pulled it all together in style.
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A Shock Departure That Isn't As It Seems
Following Miller's departure in October, the perfect storm has lost some of its thunder. Miller was a huge part of the original project, there from the start, passionate about the project, a huge reason the film was made. When the news of his exit hit news outlets, the well-used catchphrase "creative differences" was the excuse of the time.
A widely-cited reason was that Miller wanted to up the ante and produce a "stylized" sequel that would, presumably, also come with an increased budget. However, in recent comments reported by Entertainment Weekly, Miller has revealed that he was, in fact, a proponent of keeping Deadpool grounded. He said:
"I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters: I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was three times the budget."
He then warned fans to take reports on the internet (see: most major online publications) with a pinch of salt, adding:
"If you read the Internet, who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the Internet. I wanted to do the same thing."
Was Cable The Real Reason?
Peeking carefully between the lines, this could be an indirect way of Miller filtering through some of the alleged causes for the break up, with one remaining reason appearing even more likely: Cable. After Miller's exit, one of the reasons suggested was that he and Reynolds fell out over the casting of Deadpool's soon-to-be onscreen buddy.
It makes sense; considering how in sync the pair were with the original, it'd be hard to imagine their view on the tone, style or budget of the sequel would differ enough for Miller to leave. With Cable, however, Miller may have found himself locking horns with the creative might of Reynolds, the justified poster-boy of Fox's new franchise.
The inclusion of Cable is vital for both Deadpool 2 and the future of Fox's #Marvel properties, especially if the studio decides to focus on the #XForce and flesh out the R-rated antihero ensemble over the coming years. All things considered, it is possible that a disagreement on who was right for the role led to irreconcilable creative differences.
The split was said to be amicable, with Reynolds claiming that "there is not a human being on earth that worked harder on Deadpool than Tim." But — while it's hard to believe two of the key creators of one of the gold nuggets of 2016 could've fallen out so soon after — Miller's public rebuttal implies there's more to his departure than meets the eye.
Do you think the casting of Cable was the reason Miller left Deadpool 2?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)