AND HERE Aquaman thought he would have the live-action superhero screen all to himself this Christmas.
On Friday, Ryan Reynolds tweeted out to Fox's poster "Once Upon a Deadpool" – a release that represents both a noble act of charity and a brilliant bit of box-office marketing.
"Once Upon a Deadpool" is a recut version of the R-rated summer sequel that tones down the language and violence to a PG-13 rating.
Or as Reynolds tweets of the new version: "The only word in this movie is Fred Aaron Savage." And on Instagram, he calls it "a fairy tale that gives zero F's." In the poster, Reynolds is pictured clinging to Savage while mounted on a reindeer.
The Deadpool franchise, so laced with 1980s references, stays true to such riffing here. Savage played the grandson being read the storybook tale in 1987's "The Princess Bride"; in "Once Upon a Deadpool" new scenes, Reynolds will reportedly read his Deadpool adventure to the adult Savage in the same childhood bed.
"Deadpool 2" grossed $ 734 million worldwide this summer – As Deadline reported this week, Fox had long sought PG-13 version of a movie Deadpool.
"Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basis since the start in 2006," Reynolds told Deadline on Monday. "I've said 'no' since 2006. Now, this one time, I said 'yes' on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining. "
Reynolds said that "Fudge Cancer."
"Once Upon a Deadpool" will open on Dec. 12 and run through Christmas Eve. Sony / Columbia's animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (opening Dec. 14) and WB / DC's "Aquaman" (opening Dec. 21).
Why are the holidays without a red and green Spandex?