ByChristopher Moonlight, writer at
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Now, the story can be told! Actually, it could be told before, but back then everyone was just unhappy about it. Now, they're happy, because they did Deadpool right and that makes everything right with the world. Right? Right.

So, why was it so hard to get us the Deadpool we all deserve the first time around? I mean, I assume we all deserve it. (Don't judge me.) It wasn't like this was Ryan Reynolds' first go around as the character, and until he actually became that "Weapon X" type thingy at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he pretty much played it the same way.

Mmmmm, maybe.
Mmmmm, maybe.

No, the problem was all in the design. (...and the script.) Fox's first try was a pretty far cry (hey, that rhymes!) from what fans had come to love about Rob Lyfield's original character, that looked like a red Spider-Man. (Did I write that out load?)

Anyway, it came to pass that Oscar winning visual effects artists Tom Woodruff, Jr. & Alec Gillis of studioADI were put to the task of re-imagining the design for his first cinematic appearance. Yeeeeeeaah, it didn't go so well for them and despite their many major contributions and innovations in practical effects for such iconic films as Tremors, Starship Troopers, Pumpkinhead, Monster Squad, Spider-Man, X-Men: First Class, Percy Jackson, The Thing prequel, their own film Harbinger Down, and every Aliens film after the original, the hate mail started a-flowin'.

Sooooo, they did what any pair of upstanding, consummate professionals would do. They made their own irreverent video, explaining just how it was that they came to be a part of the most talked about superhero botch, since Roger Corman's Fantastic Four. (Or maybe it was Fox's Fantastic 4 that was the biggest botch. *Got you again, Fox!*) Anyway, watch the video, to see what they had to say about the whole ordeal.

Boy, I hop eye dint spall anyting rong hear. Thayd rally nale me four it.

If that wasn't enough for you, we can also all cringe along to some of their other videos illustrating the creative decisions that Mr. Gillis and Mr. Woodruff DIDN'T make, while building the first incarnation of Deadpool.

Actually, a lot of that stuff is pretty cool. It just isn't Deadpool. Hey, but at least they did a great job with The Blob.

...and could you imagine what Spider-Man would be like if Sony would have used ADI's Green-Goblin design? SERIOUSLY!!!



Let's not talk about ADI's Deadpool anymore. Who would you like to see them bring to life on the big screen next?


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