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How 'Deadpool' rose from Hollywood purgatory to make R-rated fun of your sacred superheroes

How 'Deadpool' rose from Hollywood purgatory to make R-rated fun of your sacred superheroes

Every superhero's story has its pivotal, then-everything-changed moment: a radioactive spider bite, a laboratory experiment gone awry, exposure to cosmic rays.

This one involves an Internet leak.

In late July 2014, nearly two minutes of old test footage from an offbeat and very R-rated movie called “Deadpool” mysteriously appeared on the Web. The story of a foul-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking mercenary named Wade Wilson, who acquires self-healing powers after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the film — which was to star Ryan Reynolds — had been languishing for more than a decade as 20th Century Fox sat on the oddball project,...

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