Deadpool –X-Men Origins: Wolverine
When Jackman got his first Wolverine spin-off movie, it didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but there was enough heat to give the box office a slight singe. It’s more notable today for the way it foreshadowed a particular actor and the comic book anti-hero he went on to turn into a cinematic smash. If director Gavin Hood found some of the reviews painful, he could at least take comfort from the fact he showed Ryan Reynolds how not to do Deadpool when the handsome hunk picked up the baton several years later.
Reynolds arguably took time to establish his credentials as a celebrated star, so when the opportunity to play Wade Williams came along he must have been buzzing like a blissfully unaware bee heading for the bug zapper. He’d signed on for a brief appearance, only to have Williams’ contribution beefed up. All well and good, but the direction the team took him in led straight to that electric blue light.
When Deadpool arrived, he didn’t look like Deadpool. A strange zombie-like figure had taken his place, his mouth sewn shut for some reason and without so much as a hint of the costume he went on to wear in front of the fireplace for that notorious Twitter publicity shot. He was also given the power to absorb other mutants’ abilities, though borrowing the skills of will.i.am could hardly be described as a win, either for the unfortunate actor or Marvel’s legions of fans.
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