For a while there, feelings of fear and potential disappointment crept in for many fans when soft rumors floated around that Ryan Reynolds and his increasingly busy schedule may not allow for him to play the title role in the production of X-Men: Deadpool for Twentieth Century Fox.
A spinoff of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, while having nothing to do with it as a quasi-reboot of the character’s origins, Deadpool is one of several Marvel properties in development at Fox. It hit a bit of a roadblock when shortly after being greenlit, star Ryan Reynolds also nabbed the lead role in Green Lantern, the big budget superhero movie from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Could he pull off playing two lead comic book characters from two rival comic book companies and studios at the same time?
Of course, it’s Ryan Reynolds.
For me, Reynolds is Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool. The character was seemingly designed for him and/or Reynolds was born for the part. Heck, Deadpool himself even referenced in the comic a few years back that if he were in a movie, Reynolds should play him. And that was before he signed with Fox to play Wade Wilson in the Wolverine flick.
The problem with Wolverine was that they totally misused – and arguably ruined – the character. We knew this going in from the promos and merchandise but Reynolds handled the press interview questions about the topic in the best possible way. He always kept positive, but said that if the character got his own solo movie, that it would be very faithful to the comics, unlike in Wolverine. He understood that Wade Wilson’s supporting guest role was an opportunity to introduce the character in hopes that he’d get the spinoff to do it right. And that’s exactly what happened.
Skip forward a year and a half and we have Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick handling the script, director Robert Rodriguez trying to find time in his schedule to take the director’s chair, and Reynolds answering interview questions about Deadpool and why the character and film will be unlike any other in the genre before it. There will be no issues for moviegoers and fans differentiating him from his role of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern.
In an interview with LA Times’ Hero Complex Blog, Reynolds talked about Deadpool after having read a draft of the script.
“It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes… It’s a nasty piece of work. It’s just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral…. It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that.”