Ryan Reynolds Talks ‘Deadpool/Wolverine’ Movie Crossover Potential

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 18th, 2014 at 1:34 pm,

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool Wolverine Crossover Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool/Wolverine Movie Crossover Potential

Comic book fans may be waiting to see if Deadpool can truly be brought to the screen in a fitting fashion, but for now, 20th Century Fox has their eyes set on comic book characters with more ‘superhero’ credibility. But with X-Men: Days of Future Past bringing time travel plot devices and reuniting fan favorite characters, and The Wolverine taking a darker direction, could the Deadpool movement be growing?

Ryan Reynolds is itching for a chance to play the mutated mercenary, and all the film needs is Fox’s go-ahead. An opportunity to see Wade Wilson pop up in Fox’s upcoming wave of reboots could help get the ball rolling, but according to Reynolds, fans shouldn’t count on it. But trust us, it’s for the best possible reasons.

Reynolds explained in an interview with Empire that while a guest appearance as the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ would be a fun addition to an ensemble cast, the chances of seeing Deadpool before a standalone movie aren’t exactly high:

“I love that kind of stuff. I loved doing Wolverine ’cause the movie wasn’t on my shoulders. I got to kind of come in and insult everybody. It was a lot of fun actually. I love Deadpool and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, so…”

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The stakes would be particularly high for a hard-R-rated ‘superhero’ movie for obvious reasons, but that might be changing. Initial apprehension from Fox is understandable given the mass appeal of movies like X-Men: First Class or The Avengers, but the ongoing home video success of Dredd(and the building support for a grittier Daredevil reboot) are starting to prove that adult comic book fans might, in fact, be interested in adult comic book movies. Ironically enough, Marvel comic book films first broke into the mainstream with Blade, the 1998 Wesley Snipes film that was itself Rated-R.

Fox has turned to the right talent, having Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese turn in a Deadpool script following the success of their dark-comedy Zombieland. That script has received nothing but glowing reviews, with Reynolds emphasizing just how strongly the tone of the comic book is being adapted. Their sardonic, irreverent look at a zombie apocalypse may not have much in common with a gun-for-hire, but Reynolds says it’s a match made in heaven:

“Deadpool’s got a similar tone almost. They wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio.”

One major obstacle to green-lighting even a low-budget film is convincing Fox that the payoff outweighs the risk; one of the larger risks (or upsides) being that, as Reynolds has explained previously, Deadpool is not a superhero. He may spend time among them, and be found in comic books, but convincing a studio that an antihero mercenary shouldn’t be made out to be a superhero – when superhero films are the most bankable – isn’t going to be easy.

Xmen Origins Wolverine Cast Photo Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool/Wolverine Movie Crossover Potential

Is there any chance to see Deadpool have some sort of set-up or crossover with either The Wolverine or X-Men: Days of Future Past?

“I don’t think you can do that, because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him.

“But I’ve always wanted to do the movie if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address Wolverine – though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in Wolverine. He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that.”

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Lauren Shuler Donner had previously talked about the Deadpool script’s irreverence for the version of the character seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, so it’s nice to see that’s still the plan. We still side with Reynolds in thinking it’s best if everyone just forget the Deadpool seen in that film, but taking a blatant shot at that monstrosity will be guaranteed to get a laugh. Assuming the film ever gets made.

For now, fans can only hold out hope that those entrusted with the Deadpool adaptation stick to their guns. An NC-17 movie may be the most fitting for the source material, but that’s going to be a tough proposition for Fox to approve. What do you think the odds are of a movie ever doing justice to Wade Wilson? Would you settle for a softer version if it meant seeing Reynolds in the role? Sound off in the comments.

We’ll keep you updated on Deadpool if further details or updates are released.


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  1. Read an The Wolverine Review here.

  2. Deadpool should be created and done perfectly only because to me he is the only one that people really had an uproar about when they saw him (the ones that knew who he was) and stormed out of theaters because of it. Plus he is a very intricate character and probably a better investment then the mainstream heroes we seen over and over again. Keep Reynolds as Deadpool that is a good connection when he could speak.

  3. Deadpool I think would make a fantastic movie at the moment the Super Hero movies are becoming inane and repetitive. Deadpool would be fantastic if marketed correctly, the loveable anti hero with an odd sense of humour!

    Reynolds would carry the persona well and with some interesting peripherals I think it could be sold once Fox grow a pair.

  4. Hmm… on one hand, I’d love to see Deadpool appear in an X-men film again, just for a moment, and talk about how they’re in a movie. A quick, short, tongue-in-cheek cameo, like Wolverine had in First Class.

    But on the other hand, if they’re referencing Origins: Wolverine as an existing film, does that mean that he’s actually in a different universe?

    I don’t know that I’d care about that as long as he’s in on a movie screen done well

    • Not necessarily Deadpool breaks the 4th wall all the time.

  5. I My opinion I just want to see the movie made if pg 13 is fine cause my kids specially my 9 year old are huge deadpool fans and they can’t wait for the movie to be made and the r rated would be more to the character true self, so flip a coin and make the movie

    • Lets hope that is not the case then. Deadpool is not a PG-13 style of character. It would have to be R to get him right. Since your 9 year old is already familiar with the character, I don’t see any reason for you to balk at taking him to an R rated version, since you already give him access to the material in the first place.

      • Honestly I dont care if the movie is PG 13 or Rated R, I want it made and I want to see it before I die, I got cancer, and my time is running out, so stop wasting time! Deadpool is great no matter what rating, reynolds nitpicking about the rating is stupid, the studios worried DP isnt a huge enough hero is even stupider.

      • What my husband was sayingis that we dont care weather thr movieis rated pg13 or R rated as long as they make it and yes pg13 would bepreferable for our 9 year old but not a necessity for us to let him watch it because he has a very good grasp on whatis reaI and what isnt he is an extremly smart child who understands that deadpoolis fiction and is for entertainment only

  6. Wolverine vs deadpool will be awesome their always a good match up and they both have hyper active healing factors, they can go at each other forever or until they get bored

  7. Want the real solution to the rating problem? It’s simple. Theaters in the US are almost fully switched to digital projection now – Paramount no longer produces film prints from what I understand. So film this movie as an R-rated film. Then edit it down to a PG-13. Release it simultaneously in PG-13 and R-rated formats. Easy.

    This A) has never been done before (to my knowledge) so it would get lots of press regarding it’s unique release – aka free marketing
    B) would be a concrete example for box office return potential for R vs PG-13 which has come into question in the past for films like Expendables 3, Die Hard’s recent releases, etc.
    C) would satisfy the fanbase while still allowing the studio its safety blanket of getting teens in theaters
    D) could potentially change the industry for the better from a fan perspective
    E) most importantly, the distribution costs aren’t really an issue anymore with digital – see Anchorman 2’s one-week extended cut release or many one-night only cinema events as an example

    • this^

    • Jon, that’s pure genius. Fox could very well rake in triple the money. Some people might actually pay twice just to see the difference between the 2 versions

    • Uh no, while its an idea, I have never seen any movie do the dual rating thing and they wont do it on what they consider an unproven comodity.

      • 50 shades of grey is releaseing an r rated version for the mainstream audiance, and an nc-17 version for the fans of the book. So it can be done, just wont be done for deadpool anytime soon.

  8. Deadpool should be an HBO series that ties in with cinematic universe.

    One week he’s with the x-men, the next, he’s with the avengers or a member.

    Tie him in with skrull invasion if they ever put that into a movie.

    Aside from studio restrictions, an HBO series would be perfect for him.

  9. I think Deadpool, Wolverine and Batman are 3 comic characters that they “Need” to make hyper violent if they are going to get them right. I know they have to tailor the movies for kids and that the R rating will cut off a huge demographic but they are not going to properly recreate those characters without being completely faithful to what the characters are and how violent/twisted their stories are. Even Batman should go for a R rating. I still have not seen the Wolverine or Batman movie that I really want to see although I did like the Nolan series.

  10. Too bad Marvel had already signed over the movie rights of X-men to FOX. X-men is one of the richest storylines in the Marvel Universe and I’m certain that Disney would love to bring that back in house.

    Deadpool is incredibly popular, but also very tricky to bring to the big screen. He’s armed with swords, knives and guns of a merc, so all the violence would be troubling. The art direction is also difficult to translate without it coming off campy.

    • There is no such thing as too much violence, look at all the Predator, Terminator, and Aliens franchises, they all have lucrative lives in comic books as well. I would dare anyone to say that a comic book movie would have too much violence, look at Kick Ass and those movies were really bad and still they made two of them.

  11. I have a hard time understanding the studio, all they have to do is go to the mall or walmart and just watch people. So many have Deadpool tshirts, deadpool tatoos, he’s one of the most popular comic book characters, people will go see the movie, any studio exec who thinks otherwise may not be fit to be sitting there making decisions, there are so many horrible movies these days, trust that Deadpool wont be one of them.

  12. I would lI’ve a Deadpool movie. He is one of my favorite comic characters. It would be better done as an adult toned comic because I don’t want to see him watered down into some kid movie. That would do worse for the studio image than an NC-17

  13. Shame that the film companies are more focused on achieving the largest demographic and raking in as much as possible, rather than making the films people want. But we don’t live in a perfect world, at least Ryan and the fans are committed to seeing this made, we just have to be patient like most things in life

  14. I’m not understanding the difficulties with making an R-rated film about a comic book character.. We have Kickass and The Watchmen, both show vigilantes (except Manhattan) and both have been received quite well.. Why do we need to water down the merc with a mouth for teens? Not my problem nor anyone else’s. That’s where they effed up the first time by ruining deadpool. They covered his mouth… Wtf. It should be up to the fans! Deadpool really isn’t “kid” friendly anyways..

    • Wolverine has turned kid friendly which I detest….And they will do the same with Dead Pool.