We’re still geeking out over Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the first Deadpool trailer, but it turns out there’s one more comic character who didn’t make the roster due to budget cuts.
Tim Miller sat down with Empire to break down the ins and outs of the trailer, and the director revealed one X-Force comic alum who was originally in the script but was written out when they finally got a green light for the film (which came with a more modest budget). The character? Garrison Kane, aka Weapon X, first introduced in 1991. He’s been a member of Cable’s mercenary team Six Pack, and is a product of the Weapon X program that also produced Deadpool and Wolverine.
Here’s how Miller explained it all:
"In the original script the action in the third act was great, but it was just Deadpool and a lot of guns. One of my notes early on was that I wanted to see more superhero stuff. We had Garrison Kane in there for a while, but in the final round of budget cuts we had to take him out, because he was a pretty expensive dude. He’s got these bionic arms that change shape; he would have been a visual effect for a large part of the movie. And as it turned out, a visual effect too far. I went through the list of Marvel characters and picked a few others I thought could be visually spectacular and fun.
And at the end of that list was Negasonic, which I just thought was a freaky, funny name. And I sent this list over to the writers, Rhett (Reese) and Paul (Wernick), and they were like, 'Oh my fucking god, we have to use her!' So that’s how she ended up in the movie. Her name was cool, and we kind of wanted a straight-man to play against Colossus. We thought about Cannonball, but he would’ve been a stupid hick character, whereas the guys wrote Negasonic as this deadpan goth teen, which was a great angle. She turned out really well. There aren’t really many definitive Deadpool villains, apart from Cable. If we don’t put Cable in Deadpool 2 I think we’ll be run out of town on a rail.”
One other tidbit of note: We absolutely love the CGI version of Colossus they’ve put together with Andre Tricoteux, but Miller revealed he also offered Daniel Cudmore the opportunity to reprise his role from the previous X-Men films as the metal warrior. Cudmore politely declined.
Deadpool opens Feb. 12, 2016.