Director David Leitch opens up about how much Deadpool 2 will delve into the backstories of both Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz), and how he's planning to approach the latter's unique abilities. Coming off of just how successful the first Deadpool film was both critically and financially, expectations surrounding 20th Century Fox's sequel were going to be high from the very beginning. But that was before it was even confirmed the sequel would also be introducing two comic book characters that fans have been asking for years to see on the big screen - something that has only made both fans and industry insiders that much more interested to see how Deadpool 2 plans to build on the good will generated by its predecessor.
Fortunately, the film's creative team has been steadily increasing in talent over the past several months, with the castings of both Josh Brolin as Cable and Atlanta breakout star, Zazie Beetz, as Domino. However, there still remains the question of how deep into each of the character's mythologies Deadpool 2 will be going, while also trying to maintain its status as a solo, Wade Wilson-led feature outing, rather than an X-Men style team up event.
During an interview with Screen Rant for his upcoming film, Atomic Blonde, David Leitch discussed what the creative process for the film has been like over the past few months. Specifically, the director teased how the film will showcase/visualize Domino's unique powers of altering probability fields (making her extremely lucky):
"(Laughs) We’re excited to play with that idea in choreography. I’m not going to give you how it’s all going to play out. As a choreographer, having a character with her abilities is really a trick. I think at first it seems like a problem. Like oh my god, how dod you demonstrate luck?And then you just see it like, oh, this is the coolest opportunity ever, so we’re really excited and we’re creating really great stuff for her character."
Even more than Domino, however, fans were always hoping that the Deadpool sequel would finally introduce a big screen version of Cable, a character whose connections to other X-Men legacy characters and origin story in the comics is fascinating. So while he wouldn't reveal much, Leitch did open up about how much of Cable's origin story and history will be explored in Deadpool 2:
"Look, I think besides all of the Deadpool, sort of the film universe Deadpool, you kind of have to be selective of like how you approach these characters because there’s a canon of work that’s so massive that you could never put it all on screen. So we’ve been really particular what we’re going to put in and what we’re going to leave for potential future if it goes that way and, uh, I think you’ll like it. It’s all in the spirit of canon, and also in the spirit of like what Deadpool the movie is."
This isn't the first time that the Deadpool 2 creative team have discussed the difficulty of getting this balance right in the film, with having to nail the introductions of both Domino and Cable, while still telling a Deadpool-centric story. In addition to having to live up to some very high fan expectations, that's one of the biggest hurdles that the Deadpool sequel is facing - especially considering how many other comic book movies over the years have been damaged by having to juggle too many comic book characters at once.
With an X-Force movie currently in development from Joe Carnahan, it's entirely possible that Deadpool 2 will just briefly touch on or allude to Cable and Domino's back stories, before further exploring them in that X-Men spinoff film. It's hard to know right now, especially as Deadpool 2 is only a couple weeks into filming right now. As for how the film will visualize the powers of both Cable and Domino, it's hard to think of a director more well-equipped at facing that particular creative hurdle than Leitch, who's already proven himself capable of shooting exhilarating, graphic novel-like action sequences in both John Wick and Atomic Blonde. Considering that the protagonists in those films are, more or less, just very skilled human fighters, one can only imagine what Leitch might be able to do, visually, with superpowered characters like Deadpool, Cable, and Domino.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019