The folks over at Empire caught up with Canadian star Ryan Reynolds at the London press event for his recent comedy The Proposal where he stars alongside Sandra Bullock and got a little update on his Deadpool project.
Deadpool, the quickly greenlit spinoff to this summer’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine is Ryan Reynolds’ dream project where he can finally make what he wished for leading up to his on-screen debut in character as Wade Wilson.
Unfortunately, the character he finally got to play was completely misused by the filmmakers to the dismay of comic fans everywhere but Reynolds was incredible in the few scenes he had as Wade Wilson (the man who later becomes Deadpool).
As you no doubt already know, Reynolds was happy at the opportunity to play the character even though he and the fans knew he wasn’t being utilized well in the movie – this was evident in his many interviews leading up to the film’s release. The good news though is that it led to him getting his own spinoff where he could finally bring to the screen what he and Deadpool fans love about the comics.
He’s already stated that we’ll be seeing the true and complete Deadpool costume from the comics and that the movie will be heavily based on how the character is portrayed in the books. Today, we can report that he’s gone another step forward and confirmed that he will in fact be breaking the fourth wall in the movie.
“Break the fourth wall? Oh yeah, he’s got to. I want to see him break the Great Wall.”
In the books, the mostly-insane Deadpool knows full well that he is a character in the comic book and he communicates directly to them throughout the stories in his infamous yellow dialogue boxes. The “fourth wall” terminology originates from old stage shows where it refers to the imaginary wall facing the audience.
Now we know for sure that in the movie, Reynolds will be talking to us who are watching in our theater seats.
Good! I love the guy and I want him to talk to me. Many others seemingly do as well since Deadpool was voted as the most wanted spinoff/sequel to the Wolverine origins film in a recent poll by MTV. Continue to Page 2 for the second half of this article…
This will no doubt make many Deadpool fans happy but at the same time, this is a very risky move to try this in a big budget comic-book film. It will certainly make the movie unique and stand-out amongst others in the genre but can they pull it off and make it work for the mainstream movie-goers?
Reynolds has star-power and I have a feeling there will be at least one other talented and bankable actor in the cast down the road to help out (whether that’s a villain, an ally or even the character Cable whom he shared a comic series with for several years). I have faith in him doing this as he’s incredible in action and in comedy and he is the living incarnation of Wade Wilson. Good on him for going for it.
It could be awesome, or it could be an epic failure of a gimmick that average moviegoers and critics simply won’t get. He’s got my support in trying though and I’m excited to see how they utilize it. It always helps that the main dude behind it all is a fan at heart himself. How does he feel about making a film based on comics that has a hardcore fanbase to impress?
“I’m one of them. I’ve always been a fan, at least for the last eight or nine years. I feel a bit of validation because I knew going into Wolverine that there’s a huge fanbase for this and I don’t think anyone else did.”
We’re calling it Deadpool for now as it’s not officially titled, but there’s a good chance they’ll continue with the current naming scheme to keep the brand recognition and go with X-Men Origins: Deadpool. When that happens, Screen Rant will let you know.
As for the current status of the project, they’re still working out a script and searching for a director to helm the project. Reynolds re-iterated that their main goal is to make the movie as close to the comics as possible.
To finish off, here’s one of the most awesomest quotes I’ve heard in a long while, originating from the same interview Reynolds had with IGN where he confirmed the Deadpool costume:
“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.”
I’m in, are you?
Source: Empire, IGN