Two weeks ago, we reported that the Deadpool film is being designed to follow the comics closely and that Ryan Reynolds is intimately involved with the process. I’m a pretty big X-Men fan… I’m not a big of what’s happened with the latest X-Men movies however. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was disappointing and X-Men: The last Stand before it was terrible in my opinion.
One of the positives that came from the Wolverine solo flick was the introduction of Wade Wilson, played by none other than Ryan Reynolds who did a fantastic job. The character he played was mishandled in terms of the story and he wasn’t in the film long enough, but the thing it did to right, was help introduce him into the film world and open the doors for another spinoff film that would focus on the character.
Shortly after Wolverine’s successful (financially) opening, we learned that the production of the Deadpool film is being fast-tracked by Fox and that Ryan Reynolds seems to be the man in charge – somewhat of a relief after many months of worrying about how the character was to be treated.
Let’s look back at a bit of the history of the live-action adaptation of the character…
In February, the major marketing items for X-Men Origins: Wolverine were finally starting to show-up online as well as some early looks at some of the toys associated with the film. They gave us the first looks at several aspects of the film including how Wade Wilson would appear. This raised the immediate question of whether or not the filmmakers had ruined the character as they did with a few others in X-Men 3. It turns out that they kind of did, just as we expected. However, Ryan Reynolds was absolutely perfect as Wade Wilson in the few early scenes involving the character.
Unfortunately, Reynolds was busy with two other projects while Wolverine was shooting and as a result, his character wasn’t in the film much. This is why they decided to sew the character’s mouth shut after his weapon X augmentation so they wouldn’t need Reynolds to be on set for most of the shooting of the final battle and they instead could use a stunt actor with the same physical build to do the combat scenes. When asked about this in several interviews, Reynolds was clearly happy as can be about finally being able to play the character in a film and introduce him to the franchise in hopes of getting his own movie. He knew the character was different from the comics and he stated his hopes to one day make a Deadpool film translated directly from the comics and done justice on the silver screen.
In March, prior to the opening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds was on the press tour, giving tidbits of information to the many news outlets throwing questions his way. Most of the questions focused in on the possibility of the Deadpool spinoff and asking him about how is character is portrayed in the Wolverine film. From his answers, you could tell he was apprehensive of how Deadpool was written in the film, and he continued to emphasize the point that he’s not playing Deadpool but the thing that will become him later, knowing full well that hardcore fans would not be impressed.
“I’ve had a couple of people approach me about meetings for a “Deadpool” movie but I think it’s absurd to think that way until this movie comes out. And I don’t even look at it like I play Deadpool in this movie. I really think I more or less play Wade Wilson, and I’m playing the creature that will eventually become Deadpool but in this movie it’s his newly formed version….so to speak.”
When asked about the trademark costume and mask as well as the scarring of Deadpool from the comics, Reynolds said:
“Ya, ya. Well, it’s an origin story, so again I don’t consider myself playing Deadpool. I’m the thing that will eventually become Deadpool. But ya, he’s scarred up. You’re gonna see the scars. That’s all in there.”
Again, what is he to do with these questions? He handled it all very well having to confirm that what we saw in the trailers was Deadpool, but not giving too much away. He definitely paid tribute to how the fans would feel about the character’s on-screen incarnation as he is a fan himself.
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Flash forward to now, and the Deadpool film is in pre-production with Ryan Reynolds at the helm. Two weeks ago, IGN got an exclusive sit down with the Canadian star to talk about his current projects and the Deadpool spinoff.
“We’re just trying to get it right. There’s so many variables to play. It’s tough because when you have a character like Deadpool, to the greatest extent of your power, you want to bring as much authenticity to that character as possible. And by “authenticity,” I don’t mean that you’d want to make him somebody that you’d have a Starbucks coffee with, I mean that you want to make him as close to the comics as possible. And there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do to make sure that ends up on film, but sometimes things are out of your control, things that you can’t change. But I’m really happy, in these early talks, that the studio is as obsessed with making it as close to the comic book source material as possible. And that’s all I really needed to hear. Cuz I will husk-f*@k a herd of cattle to bring Wade Wilson to life as the real deal.”
Uhhh… a little extreme but I love it. IGN also asked him if he had a message to give to fans who are worried about the Deadpool character and how he will be portrayed from what happened to him in Wolverine.
“If they can imagine if one of them were given the opportunity to do a Deadpool movie, just imagine that’s what’s happening. Just to have faith in that. And to have faith in the studio. It’s hard for fans to do that, but I feel like they really want to do an authentic Deadpool movie….He’s like Jason Bourne meets Phantom of the Opera by way of Caddyshack. And that, right there, is a wholly originally character, and that’s what excites the dark overlords who fund this film. And me.”
It’s a great long interview and Reynolds’ responses are pretty funny. They also talk about how the film will likely not tie-in too much with X-Men Origins: Wolverine and they hit on many other topics relating to the film as well – Check it out at IGN (link at bottom).
To give you the latest and best info yet, Reynolds interviewed with MTV on Thursday and talked about getting his dream job and confirmed some things for the film what should get fans excited. What’s also awesome about the interview and what we’re hearing is that Fox is seemingly not overly controlling it (at least not yet) and they’ve given Reynolds, who’s a big fan of the comics, control and input over pretty much every aspect of the movie.
“I love it, because I get to be involved… And I’m such a huge fan of the character.”
“I get to be the authentication police, in a weird way… To their credit — the studio’s credit — they want to make an authentic ‘Deadpool’ movie; they want to make it as close to the source material as possible.”
Great news! In addition to that, Reynolds explained that the studio and him have agreed to some important points:
“He’s going to be the Merc with the Mouth, [we’re going to give] all those answers that everyone wants… He’s going to have the scarred-up face, he’s going to be in the suit — and, it’s going to be incredible.”
Currently, he and the studio are on the hunt for a director and writers and figuring out how to best tell the story. Reynolds said they’re thinking of ideas like using flashbacks to his pre-scar days or using flash-forwards to the present and of the discussions with the studio, they’re figuring out who the villains will be and what Deadpool will want to do in the story.
Things are definitely looking up for this film and it has the potential to help turn the franchise around.
What do you think about Reynolds’ passion for the character and do you think the Deadpool movie is something to look forward to?
Sources: IGN, MTV