1. Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
2. It is the eighth installment in the X-Men film series.
3. The film is directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, and Leslie Uggams.
4. The film follows Wade Wilson who, after being subjected to an experiment that leaves him with new abilities, hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
5. In February 2004, development for the film began with New Line Cinema. However, in March 2005, New Line Cinema put the film in turnaround and 20th Century Fox became interested.
6. In May 2009, 20th Century Fox lent the film to writers, and in April 2011, Miller was hired to direct. Principal photography commenced in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2015 and ended in May.
7. Deadpool premiered in Paris on February 8, 2016, and is scheduled for release on February 12, 2016 in North America.
8. Deadpool was in development hell for more than 10 years.
9. Fox considered a Deadpool spin-off early in the development of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which had Reynolds cast in the role, and after the opening weekend success of that film announced that it was lending Deadpool out to writers, with Lauren Shuler Donner acting as a producer.
10. Reynolds “100 percent” attributed Fox’s greenlighting of the film to the test footage leak, stating, after being asked who had leaked it, “I would have, if I had known it would have caused that!…Now, we get to make the movie. We don’t get to make it with the budget of most superhero movies, but we get to make it the way we want to make it”.
11. In December 2014, Reynolds was confirmed to reprise his role as Wade Wilson / Deadpool.
12. Junkie XL confirmed on his own Twitter account that he is scoring the soundtrack for the movie. The soundtrack is scheduled to be released on February 12, 2016, the same day of the release of the movie, featuring music composed by Holkenborg and music by other artists.
13. A 3 minute test reel was shot in January 2012 in an attempt to convince the heads of the studio to move forward with the movie. On August 1st 2014, the footage was released to the public, and based on the overwhelmingly positive response from fans, the film finally began production. The footage was so popular that part of it was recreated for the actual film.
14. The Deadpool costume had a muscle layer underneath, that had to be removed because Ryan Reynolds was so muscular the costume was not only too tight for him but it made him look overlarge.
15. Ryan Reynolds has said that Deadpool will be the last comic book character he will ever portray. However, he is open to Deadpool sequels and/or cameos.
16. In the trailer Wade Wilson requests, “Don’t make the super suit green- or animated!” This is a reference to Ryan Reynolds’ previous role as the DC superhero Green Lantern (2011) in which, as stated, the green suit was a special effect rather than an actual costume for Reynolds to put on. This is also a crude reference to the director of Green Lantern (2011) whom he didnt get on with throughout the film.
17. The film was shot in 48 days.
18. On April Fool’s Day 2015, Ryan Reynolds posted on Twitter that the film would be rated PG-13, which prompted fan backlash as the Deadpool character often swears and commits acts of graphic violence. Later that day, Reynolds confirmed that it was a prank and the film would be R rated.
19. Director Tim Miller has plans for a sequel.
20. Producers confirmed a potential sequel is in the works and it could serve as a crossover with Gambit and the X-Men. Considering the overall failure of Fantastic 4 (2015), the sequel could likely replace the sequel-in-jeopardy of F4.
21. Ryan Reynolds was involved with revising the script with the writers. Cast members were allowed to improvise in some scenes.
22. Ryan Reynolds describes Deadpool’s “breaking the fourth wall” ability as a reflection of current times: “I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s speaking to that generation that has seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all; it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them. It’s like watching a DVD commentary by someone who’s got some pop-culture savvy and is kind of funny and a little obnoxious and is saying the things that you wouldn’t say.”
23. In the late-’90s, Deadpool was given his very own comic book series. In the comic, he would team up with an inventor and supplier that goes by the name of Weasel. Weasel has also been known to “Bling” Deadpool’s tactical gear. Weasel has invented a teleportation belt with Deadpool’s logo on it and a satchel that supplies an unlimited amount of weapons.
24. This is the first film in the X-Men franchise to receive an R-rating.
25. Colossus, a character from the original X-Men film series, is set to have a role in this movie. This means the film may take place in modern day.
26. On January 20th 2015 it was confirmed that Ryan Reynolds would start filming his role as the “merc with a mouth” in late March.
27. Colossus is 7 ft. 6 inches in the film, but his actor Andre Tricoteux is 6 ft. 8 inches.
28. When Gina Carano did the junkyard fight scene, she was more worried about spiders than anything regarding actual stunts.
29. China refused to grant a certificate so the film could be shown there. While China’s film import market is best known for supporting or blocking films based on how they present Chinese characters and stories (where applicable), that wasn’t a factor with “Deadpool”; China also often censors out extreme violence, profanity and sex from movies before release, and this film contains a large amount of all three. While the Chinese censors did consider such an edit here, they ultimately decided that the cuts needed to make “Deadpool” into a general audience picture would make it incomprehensible, and thus decided not to have the film in Chinese theaters at all.
30. Wyre was initially going to appear as an additional villain, but was cut for unknown reasons. There were also plans to have the Marvel superhero Cable appear, but it was decided that he would work better in a future installment if one is made.
31. Tim Miller’s feature directorial debut.
32. Ed Skrein describes the film as a “revenge story from both sides.”
33. Negasonic Teenage Warhead was named after a song by the rock band Monster Magnet.
34. Daniel Cudmore who portrayed Colossus in the previous X-Men films, turned down reprising the role in this film. He was replaced with Andre Tricoteux.
35. While filming Ryan Reynolds visited sick kids via Make-A-Wish foundation as Deadpool.
36. Ed Skrein (Ajax) is a massive comic book fan, so being able to do a movie like this was his dream come true.
37. Ed Skrein (Ajax) is the third Game of Thrones (2011) actor to appear in a X-Men film, after Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask) and Sophie Turner (Jean Gray).
38. To prepare for her role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Brianna Hildebrand trained in Muay Thai for a few months.
39. Taylor Schilling, Crystal Reed, Rebecca Ritters, Sarah Greene and Jessica De Gouw were considered for the role of Vanessa.
40. Samuel “Cannonball” Guthrie from X-Force was originally in the script. His character was cut from the final film, but his mutant ability to launch himself at opponents like a cannonball was grafted onto Negasonic Teenage Warhead. She is normally portrayed as a telepath with no physical powers.