A long, long time ago, in a movie not so far away, the latest superhero sensation, Deadpool, was appearing in a borderline unrecognizable form.
Back in 2009, The Merc With No Mouth, (a.k.a. Deadpool) appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and has since been universally denounced as a poor effort to bring the character to the big screen.
'Spit In The Face Of Deadpool Fans'
But what about those who had the task of sculpting the character's appearance? The design studio responsible, ADI, released a video in 2013 to explain how this version came to be.
In response to fan comments the two designers, Alec and Tom, explain the creative process. Understandably, they appear aggrieved by all the hate. I mean, with comments like 'this movie spat in the face of Deadpool and Deadpool fans’, they have a right to feel pretty pissed. Poor guys.
'It's Never Up To Us'
In short, ADI weren't to blame. Honest. The pair highlight the multitude of people in all sort of positions who all have an input into the final character - it is their job to then pull all of this together and create a look that pleases everyone. Tom said:
“It’s never up to us, and a character like this is harder because it isn’t just the producers, not just the director, it’s Marvel, the studio, the lawyers, the actors, everyone has a say and we’re at the bottom of the political totem pole”
Although some savvy fans won't be quick to assume the special effects guys are responsible, it is interesting to hear an insight as to how the foul mouthed antihero came to be so far removed from its origin. Alec believes the distinction from the comic book character was deliberate. He said:
"What the studio was trying to do was set up the character of Deadpool for the future. This is a pre-Deadpool, think of this as an embryonic Deadpool you’re on the right step.”
Strictly No Spandex
For X-Men Origins: Wolverine, producers were clear that they wanted Reynolds's Deadpool to avoid wearing spandex, and appear to look like a 'patient slash victim' (but not so much a testicle with teeth). That isn't to say they didn't offer more fitting prototypes. Alec said:
"We had designs with the look of the mask, turned into incubation devices that were working on his scarring etc, but those were rejected”
Interestingly, the original idea for dense makeup and a lack of dialogue was to give the option of replacing Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, in later scenes following his transformation. Yes, they wanted LESS of Reynolds.
Time To Forget
But hey, look. What's done is done, and we've ended up with an onscreen Deadpool to be immensely proud of, and consequently his solo outing is now breaking record after record. Plus, we already have a sequel to be excited about.
Perhaps now is the right time to consign the Merc With No Mouth to the history books.
Watch the full video below:
What did you think of the 2009 version of Deadpool?
Source: Comic Book