Ryan Reynolds has announced the Deadpool Blu-ray and DVD release date, even though the film is still enjoying a record performance in theaters. Normally, a movie gets a month or two of hype, and then its audience moves on. This is especially true with superhero movies, where a good film will always take over where the last one fell off.
The exception to this rule is perhaps a sting mostly felt by Sony and Fox Studios. X-Men: The Last Stand began a downward spiral for Fox’s franchise, while Sony attempted to reboot Spider-Man and failed even harder the second time. Among these flops were X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film which Deadpool pokes fun at over and over for its previous portrayal of its title character, and Fantastic Four, in which the story was probably the best part of the whole movie.
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Ryan Reynolds likely knew that his original portrayal of Deadpool in Wolverine was critically panned, as comic book purists boycotted the film in outrage. Other viewers felt that the movie was boring, playing to the idea that Wolverine was a quiet lumberjack and only saw action when he had to fight. On a technical level, the movie was unnecessarily re-filmed, with a collection of scenes they could have easily lifted from previous movies in the series.
The part where Wolverine gets his adamantium claws was different from what audiences had already seen.
Deadpool was barely even reminiscent of his comic book counterpart, having been turned from a merc with a mouth to a mute experiment with swords in his arms and a Cyclops-style optic blast. When a trailer was leaked a few years later featuring test footage of Ryan Reynolds in the costume fans actually recognized, it began a movement which earned Fox Studios’ attention.
Reynolds pushed to get the money together and give the character his own movie, complete with a true-to-comics origin story. He also convinced Fox to give it an R rating, a decision which has surprisingly not stopped it from becoming one of the highest grossing R-rated films of all time, beaten out only by Passion of the Christ.
The Deadpool movie is three months past its release date in theaters, and now has a Blu-ray and DVD release date thanks to the Deadpool actor himself. Plus, in true character fashion, Reynolds threw in an additional joke or two, one of which is just as irreverent as the movie itself.
I’m coming… on Blu-ray MAY 10.
Also, non-existent special edition VHS and LaserDisc, 19 years ago. pic.twitter.com/WE28cJbW1G
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 1, 2016
The official Deadpool Blu-ray and DVD release date is set for May 10, just in time to compete for your movie dollars alongside Captain America: Civil War. Of course fans will probably see another update from Reynolds about that time comparing the two, much like he did with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The movie is still enjoying a stay in the top ten in theaters, probably meaning the sequel will have a lot more money behind it, and possibly more X-Men. Cable was mentioned as a part of the after-credits scene, so fans may see an almost “buddy cop” partnership between Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool and whomever plays the son of Cyclops.
Ryan Reynolds didn’t mention, however, that there may be an alternate end credits gag from the creators of Honest Trailers, talking about everything wrong with the movie. Own the self-aware comedy anti-hero film on May 10, and prepare to laugh all over again.
[Image via Deadpool/Fox Studios]