It's no secret that Tim Miller's Deadpool has resonated with audiences and raked in the cash, bringing Marvel's Merc With A Mouth to the big screen in a way that does justice to the breakout character in a way that Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine failed to do.
But don't feel bad for Hood, who recently spoke with CinemaBlend and weighed in on Deadpool. In no uncertain terms, he blamed reservations from the studio for how Deadpool was handled back in 2009.
"I think the character works so well now, because the character is allowed to be who the character really is, unencumbered by, you know, PG-13 requirements and a great deal of marketing debate. I think the fact that the filmmakers kind of made that film below the radar -- and I happen to know a little bit, only because my production designer from Ender’s Game, Sean Haworth, is a fantastic designer, was the designer on Deadpool. I remember when he was making the film, it was just a little bit more below the radar initially. And more credit to the filmmakers and to Ryan, that they took control of their character and got on and let Ryan do the film. Deadpool is a motor mouth, foul mouth character, and it’s very difficult with these big movies to, when you have to work within certain parameters that are set by [studio heads].
"You know, when he did the little cameo bit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was exactly what we’ve been talking about. It was the studio attempting to plug in a few characters and test the waters. But now he gets to make his own movie and he did it with great courage and with the full force of his personality, so he deserves every success. I think he’s done really well, and I think it’s fantastic that they had the courage to just go ahead and make the film. They had to make it R rated, but can you imagine if they were trying for PG-13? I just don’t think it would have worked. Which is not to say that other films shouldn’t be PG-13. Of course you want that huge audience. But you’ve got to be very careful that you’re not torturing the material to fit a particular marketing strategy, and that’s what they didn’t do with Deadpool. They just made the film the way it needed to be made, I think."
Hood seems to have made peace with the ill-received X-Men Origins: Wolverine, particularly in the wake of his recent film Eye In The Sky that's enjoying a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — compared to Origins' 38 percent.