Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool & Green Lantern

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

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Next, MTV directly asked Reynolds how he felt about how Wade Wilson/Deadpool were treated in the Wolverine solo movie. This is something Reynolds has been good at responding about since before the movie even came out. It was obvious, he wasn’t a fan of how they transformed the character in the movie be he always responded professionally and looked at it as a chance to break the ice in introducing the character and hopefully it leading to what he really wants to do: a solo Deadpool movie based on the comics and done right. So far, it looks like we might get just that and I’m excited to see what comes of the Deadpool project.

So, how does he feel about the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and did it match what he wanted from the character?

“Yeah, I think the initial moment of the sequences that involve Wade, I think it did. It’s always difficult to fully embrace something that isn’t perfect, in terms of staying true to the source material. So it was a little bit frustrating. I really wanted to play Wade, and I really wanted to play Deadpool, and it would kill me to see someone else play them. I had a kind of ham-fisted attitude that it had to be perfect, but it doesn’t. The movie’s called “Wolverine,” it’s not called “Deadpool” or “Wade.” I thought it was a nice little wink and tip of the hat to things to come. Finding the tone of that character alone is such a difficult prospect. I’ve been in so many meetings lately about “Deadpool” and meeting all these writers. Everyone is always looking for that one line, “What is that character?” and for me it’s kind of like, “There’s a guy, and he’s in a highly militarized comedic fame spiral.” That’s not an easy thing to write — an entire screenplay, let alone a franchise. I had a blast playing Wade. Every line I had in that was stuff I thought he would say. It wasn’t something that a writer said to me. It was fun to really create that character, including everything he spits out of his awful mouth.”

Following this, the conversation steered towards that other major role he’ll be playing: Green Lantern. MTV asked him the usual about his knowledge or history of the comics and Reynolds responded that he’s always known about the character but wasn’t a follower of the series.

In terms of the movie however, Reynolds’ thoughts and skepticism about the character having his own movie completely changed when meeting director Martin Campbell.

“I fell in love with the character when I met with [director] Martin Campbell. When I sat down with him, I really got what it is that this guy is all about. When you have a guy like Martin Campbell, part of his charm is that he has ba–s of titanium, and the other part is that he’s slightly crazy, and you have to be to take on something with the scope of “Green Lantern.” He’s less of the director and more of a general. He just really knows strategies, he knows the intricacies, and his attention to detail! It’s infectious. I sat down with him, and I could not even believe what he was saying. When I went to the meeting, I was entirely cynical. I thought, “What the hell, I’ll see what they have to say,” and I left the room with a completely different perspective.”

Campbell is the director behind such films as Casino Royale, Beyond Borders, GoldenEye and the Zorro movies – all of which I loved except for the second Zorro flick.

So, there you have it – that’s the latest on Ryan Reynolds and his thoughts on the year and his two big movies coming out. It seems so far that the films are in the right hands with the right star to lead the charge. I expect big things and am happy that Reynolds was chosen as the man for the job(s).

Are you excited about Green Latern and X-Men Origins: Deadpool?

If you’re a Ryan Reynolds fan or are simply excited about either of these movies – check out our lengthy discussion piece on Green Lantern and Deadpool which looks at a bit of history on the two projects, how they might affect each other and much more.

Green Lantern is officially scheduled to open in theaters June 17, 2011 and Deadpool was expected to open sometime that year as well. That year of course is the year of the comic book movie also featuring the likes of Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, Spider-Man 4, another possible X-Men flick and many more.

Source: MTV

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  1. Deadpool is coming after Green Lantern? I thought it was the other way around.

  2. Sounds pretty good and I do like Ryan Reynolds as a superhero; I wish they could have found someone else to play one of these two characters but hey, what can you do?

  3. The Green Lantern has been my favorite superhero since I was 5, so naturally I’m very excited for the movie…Although, I am still kind of hoping that the part will be recast between now and when production starts.

  4. i just realize this! ryan reynolds play 2 comic character, one from DC and one from Marvel!both is like arc-nemesis.

  5. I really like Ryan Reynolds and I think it will be cool to see him as a superhero – twice! I have no prior knowledge about Deadpool but I liked Reynolds as his alter-ego in Wolverine until he got all lame at the end.

  6. This might be kind of difficult to do in a short amount of words but could someone explain to me the basic character attributes/plot-line of The Green Lantern? I feel like such a noob haha! (I’m more of a Batman/Spider-Man guy). I tried wikipedia but there was a lot of confusing information about a whole bunch of different versions. If someone would help me out that would be great!

  7. I do not understand the excitement for a Deadpool movie, it is such a minor character, who is annoying and uninspired. And as much as I love Green Lantern, how will all those powers come across on screen? I worry it will look too… silly, for sake of a better word.

    I like Reynolds though, he has a good energy and wit about him, but I worry for both of these movies. In fact I worry for anything that comes out of Marvel after Wolverine was allowed to be inflicted on the public.

  8. Minor character for sure. I never even knew about Deadpool until this Wolverine movie was being hyped up, lol. But to be honest, his character is very interesting now that I know about him. Mainly because unlike so many super heros, he has no gripes about killing people, is sarcastic, and that breaking the fourth wall adds a funny spin to the whole thing. I’m personally looking forward to Deadpool, and Green Lantern because it’s being directed by my man Martin Campbell, lol.

  9. Ah yes I forgot Martin Campbell was directing GL. I’d rather they got him back for the next Bond movie though. He made 2 of the best!

  10. I agree 100%. Marc Forster was horribly ill-qualified to direct a Bond film. Martin Campbell knows how to make a dramatic action movie with plot. The only Pierce Brosnan Bond movie I liked was Goldeneye, and Casino Royale is epic. Both happen to be from the same guy… GL should be pretty good.

  11. Do you not like Tomorrow Never Dies??? I know the villain is abit weak, but i really love it. Certainly the first hour and a half, it has some of the best action sequences in any Bond film, and some fantastic one liners. Ah, I miss the one liners from Bond.

    I suppose with Campbell at the helm and Reynolds starring, GL could be pretty good.

  12. Yah, I thought Tomorrow Never Dies had the weakest, dumbest villain, which made the whole movie seem lame since it’s like “really, it’ll take 2 hours to show Bond take out this idiot??” For me, the villain in the Bond films is almost as important as Bond himself. Goldeneye was great because the villain is freakin 006, a 00 agent at it longer than Bond himself. You can’t get a better match-up.

    And come on, you can’t go wrong with a tank chase through the streets of Russia…

  13. Oh no I think you have got me wrong, I love Goldeneye! It is one of the few Bond films that has an actual dramatic narrative, and a proper, realistic story.
    When Bond films have a real sense of drama they work well, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights, From Russia With Love, Casino Royale, are the best examples.

    Bond works well in the real world, the ones i listed above all have realistic stories and are grounded in reality.

    But the latest two have been so humourless, a lot of people are now critisising Brosnan which is so unfair, he managed a wonderful balance in his Bond, there could be the hard edged cruel killer, but also never afraid to make a quick quip when a man falls into a printing press and ends up aa a bloody smear. ” They’ll Print Anything These Days”

    I want to see Craig do the odd one liner, wouldnt hurt.

  14. Can’t wait for Deadpool.
    But I suppose Green Lantern won’t be so bad,
    Considering Wade and Hal are almost the exact same person (Personality-Wise / Wise-Cracking).

  15. @DrSamBeckett

    Keep in mind, the one-liners and dialogue is not the work of Pierce Brosnan. They have a script for that. The reason why Brosnan is criticized is because his acting is usually pretty flat and mediocre. He was alright in Goldeneye because of a good director.

    And FYI, Casino Royale had plenty of funny one-liners, but they just weren’t as corny. Come on, don’t tell me you don’t remember the “That last hand, it almost killed me” line, that got me laughing, lol. Or the “Shaken or stirred?” “Do I look like I give a ****?” A little joke reference to the older Bond movies, haha. Or when he orders some crazy concoction (sp?) which was kind of funny in itself. Or on the train, “I’m the money.” “Worth every penny.” Or the gag when the guy mistakened him for the valet. Not a one-liner, but it was pretty humorous. And even while he was being tortured, you must remember the “No! No! No! To the left!!” lol

  16. @Ken J

    I think the problem is, for me at least, that while the one liner were there and the ones you mentioned are actually pretty funny. I find myself missing the corny gags in a way, the innuendo, I’m not saying make it like the Roger Moore films.

    I dont know, maybe Bond just isnt as funny as he used to be, because of this new interpretation of the character. The lack of humour, it just seems really lacking, I think the Brosnan films got the combination right (maybe not Die Another Day) of death and wit.

    It appears we have hijacked another topic. Oops!

  17. Oh yah, lol. What was it last time? Oh wait, it was Bond also the last time we hijacked a thread, lol!!

  18. Green Lantern has no choice but to be epic the story is just to massive. I am nervous about the budget though I dont think 150million is enough for this movie, I thought that the WB would at least toss 250million at it. Didnt the harry potter movies all have abudget of at least 200mill??. Renoylds is a great actor though so at least this movie has him and the WB wich is by far the best studio for this project couldnt even imagine how bad it would be if fox got there hands on it.

  19. @neontiger21

    There are a few different “Earth” Green Lanterns. The film is based on the Hal Jordan GL (classic story). He’s a fearless test pilot and when a dying member of the GL Corp crash lands on Earth, he passes the ring and mantle to Jordan.


  20. These 2 movies are probably near the top of my list of movies I’m excited for. I’ve definitely become a big fan of Ryan Reynolds this past year after seeing “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Proposal”. He’s so versatile as an actor and on top of that he’s truly passionate about Green Lantern and Deadpool, which means both movies will be good. Ryan is just a nerd like most of us and I know he goes into these meetings and is looking out for us and the characters. He won’t let something bad get put onto the screen if he can help it and I have much respect for him because of it. He’s probably one of my favorite actors in the business now.

  21. all of a sudden RR is some sort of god to all internet fanboys now. just like JACKIE EARL HALEY.

  22. @!_! i agree its just his swagger i guess, he fits alota roles in my mind. i do wish he would do some more comedies i love his style of comedy.

  23. It’s a bit tough for me to see Deadpool happening with Reynolds as this point. While I agree the character was underused in Wolverine, what was the main difference in Reynolds wisecracking Wade and the wisecracking Hannibal King? Not much.

    And if the title is “X-Men Origins: Deadpool” (?) does that mean there is no ret-con of “X-Men Origins : Wolverine”? Will Scott Wilson be back as a martial arts/stunt double? Deadpool will wear a mask, right?