After a very unfaithful debut in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, the Deadpool in the upcoming solo movie will be extremely faithful to the source material. That includes packing the film with fan favorite supporting characters, from lover Vanessa/Copycay (Morena Baccarin) to enemies Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano), as well as allies Weasel (T.J. Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapicic).
The movie is chock full, which required a couple of characters that were planned for inclusion to ultimately be cut and having whatever small contribution they brought to the script, transferred to other more prominent characters.
First there is the character Patch. Patch, a.k.a. Bob Stirrat, the owner and bartender of Hellhouse a bar that caters to mercenaries and where Patch hands out assignment to the mercs.
Screenwriter Paul Wernick explained:
“Weasel basically assumed Patch’s behind the bar job. A lot of it had to do with consolidating and budget and making sure that we focused on fewer characters and fewer scenes. For example, Weasel, became Weasel and Patch. He became the bartender.”
So to keep the movie easier to follow, this character’s limited role was eliminated, with T.J. Miller’s Weasel adopting his part. From what I hear, Miller contributes some of the best laughs in the flick, so it makes sense to keep him and get rid of the grumpy old bar owner role.
The second role that was nixed was Dr. Emrys Killebrew. In the comics, Killebrew was the mastermind behind the operation which gives Wade Wilson both his incredible healing powers and his disfigured appearance and tortures him as much as possible in the process.
The character Ajax is actually his #2. However in the film, Ajax (Ed Skrein) is the mastermind and the Killebrew character was chopped, but he did appear in earlier drafts of the film.
“Dr. Killebrew, basically, it was revealed at the end of the movie that Ajax wasn’t the brains behind the operation. He was just a puppet to Dr. Killebrew, and Dr. Killebrew walks on screen and you think, ‘Holy shit!’ But ultimately that was a decision of just simplification and feeling like we need one core villain and one core villain alone. So we eliminated Killebrew. Some creative choices and some budget choices ultimately dictated which characters we used and how we used them.”
Ultimately, this movie is called ‘Deadpool’ and the focus should be on him. These other characters should serve to build him. And while these characters played important roles in the comics, in that medium they had untold issues for their arcs to unfold.
The movie is only just shy of two hours long and that’s a brief time in which to tell the main story. In order to keep it lean and mean, the fat had to be trimmed and if certain elements of existing characters could be transferred to others with minimal fuss, it’s probably for the best.
Would you have liked to have seen these two characters in ‘Deadpool’ the movie? Or is it best that they were omitted?
‘Deadpool’ opens this Friday, February 12th, 2016.
Source: Cinema Blend