Deadpool has turned out to be a delightful film for fans and the studio. It's hard to imagine now that the film was in limbo for years before 20th Century Fox finally decided to green light it. The film's director, Tim Miller — who has been a visual effects artist for years with Deadpool being his first directorial venture — recently shared a part of the challenge he faced to get the studio to trust him with the project.
"The biggest challenge is to convince people that you know more than just visual effects," he said in his recent interview with Omelete (via ComicBookMovie). "If you do not have a resume to suggest that you can work with actors or a live-action team, it is difficult to convince people to give you that opportunity. Luckily, I've worked with many actors in motion capture and dubbing process, and with commercial art directors, so I already had some experience. And having a company [Blur Studio, specialising in visual effects] was an advantage, because you already manage many people, and directing a movie is basically managing people."
And manage he did... with great results nonetheless. Deadpool is being praised by fans and critics alike for its limited but effective use of CGI — adding to the film's novelty in the superhero genre. "I feel like if I tried to make Deadpool just an action movie, it would not compete with films that are four times our budget, as Avengers. The action we have is unique, and sensational considering our budget, but what makes it special is the comedy. And the R censorship [17 years in the US], obviously."
Miller also talked about how he is a fan of Zack Snyder's take on Batman v Superman, saying it is that "sense of epic" in the superhero genre that led him towards reading comics in the first place. "We have several jokes about superheroes [in Deadpool], but I do not want to make any specific joke with this film [Batman v Superman]," stated Miller. "It would be strange to make a joke with a film that has not premiered yet."