When it comes to superhero movies, it’s clear that Deadpool has made a lasting impression!
The Merc with a Mouth burst onto the silver screen in February of 2016 and effectively won us over with his penchant for humor and his uncanny ability to break the fourth wall.
It’s safe to say that Deadpool was an instant hit, not only with fans who’ve been waiting to see Ryan Reynolds deliver a true-to-the-comics portrayal of the mutant for nearly a decade, but also at the box office.
Despite it’s low $58 million budget, the film made over $132 million in it’s domestic box office opening weekend alone making it an instant hit.
If you just can’t get enough of Deadpool then you’re in luck! We’ve scoured the web to bring you five fun facts about everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth that you’re sure to love! Check them out below!
1. It’s the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history.
The Merc with a Mouth raked in over $745 million worldwide, effectively dethroning The Matrix Reloaded (which earned $742.1 million) to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie in box office history.
That’s a pretty amazing title— especially considering how long it took for star Ryan Reynolds to convince the studios that this was one superhero movie that needed to get made!
2. Ryan Reynolds is proud of what they were able to accomplish on a small budget.
Deadpool might have been one of the biggest superhero flicks to ever hit the big screen, but what you might not know is that the budget for the film was significantly lower than for most other superhero movies. In fact, movie makers only had $58 million to work with when it came to bringing the Merc with a Mouth to life.
Pulling off a blockbuster action flick with a small budget might have come with it’s challenges, but in an interview with the LA Times, Ryan Reynolds revealed that he “wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“It’s amazing to see that you can do a film that I think really looks like Avengers-caliber special effects and scope but do it at a budget that’s completely reasonable,” said Reynolds. “That was pretty neat to pull off.”
3. The writers made a conscious effort to step away from the Deadpool we first saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Fans got their first taste of Deadpool when Ryan Reynolds portrayed the Merc with The Mouth in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Even so, Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed in an interview with Cinema Blend that the decision to “ignore the previous incarnation of Deadpool” was one they made early on.
Reese and Wernick revealed that the that first depiction of Deadpool clearly wasn’t in line with what fans were looking for, so instead of sticking with that for the sake of continuity, the writers decided to throw it out the window and instead poke fun at the idea by having Reynold’s new incarnation of Deadpool poke fun at Wolverine every chance he got.
“It was so opposite what Deadpool fans envisioned for the character, so we kind of threw that overboard,” explained Reese.
4. Ryan Reynolds would be happy to play Deadpool for the rest of his life.
Deadpool isn’t the first superhero Reynolds has portrayed, but despite his stint as the Green Lantern, it’s clear the actor only has eyes for Wade Wilson now.
So how deep does Reynolds’ love for the Merc With a Mouth run? The answer is deep enough for Reynolds to be perfectly fine with having Deadpool in his life forever.
“I never want to play another comic book character again,” said Reynolds in an interview with IGN back in February of 2016. “Deadpool, I would like to play for the rest of my life— that’d be fun.”
We’re certainly hoping Reynolds gets his wish— we think that’d be pretty fun, too!
5. We’ll get to meet some new X-Men when Deadpool 2 hits the big screen.
Deadpool may have introduced us to the likes of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, but when the sequel hits theaters in 2018, we’ll get a new crop of X-Men.
In an interview with EW, Ryan Reynolds confirmed that the studio is in the process of casting X-Force team leader Cable. Additionally, the actor also revealed that they’re also “looking at” adding the female merc Domino into the mix as well.
If Deadpool 2 manages to incorporate both of these super mutants, we have a feeling it’s going to be even more epic than we’re already imagining!
Deadpool is nominated for Favorite Movie at People’s Choice Awards 2017 alongside Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Finding Dory, and Suicide Squad. Tune in to the show on Wednesday, Jan. 18 on CBS to find out which movie wins!