“Deadpool” has become the hot topic for box office success lately, raking in more than double its estimated earnings in its first four-day opening weekend. So why did the “merc with a mouth” make such a splash? James Gunn has the answer.
Gunn has some experience with superhero flicks that perform better than anticipated, seeing as his own “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a surprise success with the Marvel crowd, despite critics suspicions that its bizarre comedic tone would be a turnoff for the regular action movie crowd.
In a slightly rant-like Facebook post, Gunn explains what “Deadpool” means to the superhero genre, and what it does not.
“After every movie smashes records people here in Hollywood love to throw out the definitive reasons why the movie was a hit,” Gunn says. “I saw it happen with ‘Guardians.’ It ‘wasn’t afraid to be fun’ or it ‘was colorful and funny’ etc etc etc. And next thing I know I hear of a hundred film projects being set up ‘like ‘Guardians”, and I start seeing dozens of trailers exactly like the ‘Guardians’ trailer with a big pop song and a bunch of quips. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.”
Gunn goes on to warn people that Hollywood will most likely try to repackage and re-create all the wrong aspects of “Deadpool” in an effort to produce the same box office numbers. He says the “raunchy” aspects of the movie are not what drew people in though.
“‘Deadpool’ was its own thing. THAT’S what people are reacting to,” he says. “It’s original, it’s d*** good, it was made with love by the filmmakers, and it wasn’t afraid to take risks.”