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In case you've spent the past week hiding under a rock, you'll know by now that Deadpool smashed some serious box office records over the weekend, becoming the first R-rated movie to rake in $260 million worldwide – and counting. However, when it comes to superhero (or antihero, as the case may be) movies and their audience, it seems that we're not all on the same page.

Ryan Reynolds, who produced and starred in Deadpool has scoffed at the presumption that women don't enjoy superhero movies. And the need of a 'romantic hook' to win female attention well? 'Well, no.'

"It's sort of like... well, no. Women love f-----g superhero movies! Clearly they go to these movies. It's sort of funny that the studios are sometimes the last to know that."

A GIF of his comments which were made during an interview at AOL's BUILD Speaker Series, was uploaded to Tumblr over the weekend and has since amassed over 130,000 notes.

Since its release on February 12th, Deadpool has been crowned as an expectation-buster, with one media analyst stating,

"It doesn't feel like a cookie-cutter superhero movie. It feels like something unique. You've got to sometimes take risks and go against conventional wisdom to come out a winner."

Could this be partly down to the main female characters being unanimously badass (although the film certainly doesn't pass the Bechdel test)?

In an interview Buzzfeed conducted with Reynolds, he claimed that creating strong female characters was a no-brainer, and while films don't always reflect society 'in the right way,' if another Deadpool movie is in the cards (no-brainer, of course it is), he will go the extra mile to ensure more 'kick-ass' women are included.

There's little escaping that Deadpool is an acquired taste — if you're not a fan of foul language, violence and relentless dick jokes then it's probably not the movie for you. However, if you think that dirty jokes are just for dudes then you know what you can stick "Right up Main Street."

What do you think could be done to widen the appeal of superhero movies?

Source: NY Daily News, Buzzfeed


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