Contrary to rumors over the weekend that Deadpool 2 earned poor scores in test screenings, a new report contends the sequel was well-received by audiences, who simply wanted more of Cable and Deadpool.
Collider Editor-in-Chief Steven Weintraub, who swatted down those initial rumors on Twitter, recorded a video in which he elaborates on his knowledge of the early screenings, asserting that neither scored lower than 90. However, Fox wanted to respond to viewers' calls for more screen time for the characters played by Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz.
"Both crowds at these screenings said they loved Josh Brolin as Cable, they loved Domino," Weintraub said, "but they would like to see more of both characters in the movie. [...] So when everyone in the audience gives notes and says, 'We want more Domino, we want more Cable,' the smart play for the studio, especially in the competitive summer, is, 'OK, well, how can we do that, how can we add these characters?'"
The studio's solution was to return in February for reshoots during which more Cable and Domino scenes were filmed.
"That's the main thing about the additional photography," Weintraub continued. "There was no train wreck, there was no, you know, 'Fans hate this movie.' It was, 'How can we make a really good movie even better?'" He added that another test screening held last week resulted in another audience score in the nineties.
Debuting May 18, director David Leitch's Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable.