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  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Wade/Deadpool, his actor Ryan Reynolds hails from Canada.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: To say Ryan Reynolds wanted this movie mainly for the sake of Deadpool, to the point of taking a pay cut, incessantly spearheading the campaign to get the movie made, and stealing a Deadpool costume from the set after the film's completion, would be somewhat of an understatement. It's commonly believed, although unconfirmed, that Reynolds was the one responsible for leaking the test footage to begin with.
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  • Bad Export for You: In many, many other countries with stricter censorship codes, the sex scenes were completely cut from the film, and any scenes with anyone's penis visible used alternative takes that obstructs the penis, or an earlier build before the CGI penises were rendered,note  despite the film already being rated to be for adults only to begin with. On the other hand, this is a better option compared to Banned in China in many ways, and the excessive violence, expletives and crude humor are still left in uncut.
  • Banned in China: Subverted. It was initially denied a theatrical release for excessive violence, plus some sexual content. However, it premiered in that country as part of the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2018.
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Deadpool references the "rich Corinthian leather" meme, which was "soft" in the original ads.
  • Career Resurrection: Only time will tell if this is the case for Ryan Reynolds, but given the box office success of the film his comeback is off to a good start. The Golden Globe nomination he got for his performance certainly doesn't hurt matters either.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Vanessa is voiced by veteran stage actress Marika Hayashi.
  • Character Celebrity Endorsement: Ryan Reynolds appears in-character as Deadpool in a video raising awareness for testicular cancer. He also did one for breast cancer.
  • Creator Backlash: Tim Miller admits that he agrees with the critics that the villain is the weakest part of the film.
  • Creator Killer: An extremely rare case of a successful film causing this, and in fact, the film's success actually caused this for former Fox executive Tom Rothman. Because of his dislike for the character, Tom had tried for years to kill any chance of a Deadpool film happening, even having his mouth sewn shut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He also made many attempts to "improve" other films that wound up not being well-recieved by fans, and greenlit Fantastic Four (2015), which was a Box Office Bomb. The success of a film he tried to keep from being made was considered the final nail in the coffin for his credibility.
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  • Dawson Casting: A fairly rare aversion; as Brianna Hildebrand didn't turn 20 until a few months after the film premiered, there was no lie in her playing a character with "Teenage" in her name.
  • Deleted Role: Garrison Kane, Sluggo and Wire were going to be in the movie.
  • Development Gag: Deadpool describes Professor X as a "bald, Heaven's Gate-looking motherfucker", but then later asks whether the Professor is "Stewart or McAvoy". The latter showed up for X-Men: First Class with his head shaved and was wearing extensions during much of that movie's filming.
  • Development Hell: The film has been in various stages of development for years. Ryan Reynolds and David Goyer almost got a Deadpool movie off the ground at New Line, but opted to make the ill-fated Blade: Trinity instead. Production finally moved forward when test-footage was leaked onto the internet that met a swell of popular support. According to Reynolds, it was the test footage that forced Fox to greenlight the movie.
  • Disowned Adaptation: An unusual case; this movie, along with Fantastic Four (2015) and X-Men: Apocalypse, aren't mentioned on Marvel's website, but it has been openly praised by Marvel executives.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Everybody involved has had a hand in getting this film off the ground, from star Ryan Reynolds both taking a pay cut and campaigning hard for the role of Wade Wilson, to the producers working with a meager (by Hollywood standards) $65 million working budget — to put things in perspective, that's only a little more than a third of the budget for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The use of fairly obscure characters with more practical superpowers, aside from Colossus, in the supporting cast was also utilized to squeeze the most out of the budget. Right as filming was about to begin, Fox told the filmmakers they would need to slash another $7 million from their budget (thus the final amount became $58 million), so characters were combined and a couple of major action scenes were cut.
    • Reynolds's dedication to the film was such that when 20th Century Fox would not pay the writers to be present during filming for any needed last-minute rewrites he paid them out of his own pocket.
    • The famous test footage for the highway chase, which was intended to convince the executives of the character's potential, had precisely the opposite effect, convincing them that such an offbeat, violent character would never do well with audiences. So someone high up in production (generally assumed to be either director Tim Miller or Reynolds himself) deliberately leaked the footage onto the internet, which was greeted with delight by viewers who quickly demanded a full movie, which Fox greenlit only a few weeks later. Presumably exactly like the leaker had planned.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Inverted: Not only is Ryan Reynolds the lead actor, but he convinced Fox to let him be a producer to prevent anyone from changing the film (outside of necessary changes due to the small budget) and make sure that his character stayed true to the comics.
    • Later played straight when Fox slashed the budget by $7 million, forcing the crew to make numerous cuts to the original script. However, this was subverted when the crew admitted that the budget cuts were actually beneficial to them, as it forced them to cut a bunch of extraneous characters and scenes that could have otherwise bogged down the film's pacing. It also led to a well-received series of jokes;
      • NTW and Colossus are the only X-Men in the movie — there isn't even a five-second Hugh Jackman cameo.
        Deadpool: It's a big house. It's weird I only ever see two of you. Almost like the studio couldn't afford another X-Man.
      • A big Matrix-lobby scene gunfight was planned before the confrontation with Ajax, but they ran out of money. So though Wade demands "all the guns" when Vanessa is kidnapped, he leaves the bagful of guns in the taxi.
      • In The Stinger, Deadpool mocks the audience for expecting a preview or even a Samuel L. Jackson cameo — instead he just tells everyone the sequel has been greenlit, and that Cable will be in it.
        Deadpool: Well, we don't have that kind of money.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The film was released in February 2016, exactly 25 years after Deadpool's first appearance in New Mutants #98.
  • No Export for You: The film wasn't initially released in China due to its graphic violence.
  • Orphaned Reference: When Francis first speaks to Wade, he mentions that he was once a patient at the facility, which means the program was up and running before Francis got there. However, from there on out, Francis is treated as the man in charge: Wade even implies killing him will shut the program down entirely. An earlier version of the script included Dr. Killebrew, the doctor who ran the program in the comics. The writers decided his presence muddled up the revenge plot too much and scrapped him, but Francis's backstory stayed the same.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Colossus is motion-captured by Andre Tricoteaux and voiced by Stefan Kapičić, who replace Daniel Cudmore, the actor who played the character in the previous X-Men movies.
    • In the Japanese dub, Colossus went from being played by Akio Kato in previous films to Masafumi Kimura here.
    • In some languages, Deadpool's voice actor is different from X-Men Origins: Wolverine: European Spanish, European French, Brazilian Portuguese, and Hungarian.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Teamheadkick, whose "Deadpool Rap", originally made as a fan tribute to the Deadpool game, is not only included in the soundtrack with redone lyrics, but plays during Deadpool's Roaring Rampage of Revenge montage.
  • Protection from Editors: According to an interview with Ryan Reynolds, one of the trade-offs when creating this film was a much smaller budget (compared to the rest of the main X-Men franchise), but they would get free rein to make the movie without studio interference.
  • Reality Subtext: Colossus's attempts to have Deadpool join the X-Men and act like a real hero, and Deadpool having none of it, can be seen as reflecting the real-life push for making a more standard-fare, family-friendly superhero movie, and the filmmakers' (especially Ryan Reynolds) utter refusal to do so, instead keeping the movie as trashy and R-rated as the character deserves.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: Reynolds jokingly tweeted this, lampshading the tendency for this trope to happen with superhero movies.
  • Throw It In!: The team said every take was different, pretty much every actor was improvising something in every scene.
    • Several jokes were ad-libbed by Reynolds, most notably the one about having only two X-Men appear in the film due to budget reasons.
      Deadpool: You know it's funny how I only see the two of you here. It's like the studio couldn't afford any more X-Men.
    • The opening credits was originally a placeholder, but director Tim Miller found the parody titles funny enough to put in the movie. As a bonus, due to no actual names being in it, the filmmakers were not required to abide by guild rules about crew and actor credits.
    • Hildebrand/Warhead was originally supposed to remain completely deadpan as Reynolds/Deadpool made himself look like an idiot, 'breaking' his hands as he continually attempted to Colossus, but she giggled anyway, so they kept it in to remind people that she was of course 'in training'.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.
  • Word of Gay: Tim Miller stated in an interview that this version of Deadpool is supposed to be pansexual, but this is barely even hinted at in the actual movie.
  • Working Title: Deadpool's working title was "Wham!", named after George Michael's former group. Their album, Make It Big, and their song, "Careless Whisper", appeared in the movie.

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