Ryan Reynolds Joins X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Deadpool?

February 18, 2008
Source: AICN

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

I wish there was something better to talk about today, but this is it. X-Men Origins: Wolverine has been the hot topic in comic books movies this last week, with the first photo being the biggest news. That was followed up by a considerable number of extra casting announcements, including Danny Huston as William Stryker, Lynn Collins as Silver Fox, and an appearance by The Blob. Today, AICN is reporting that Ryan Reynolds will make an appearance as the character Deadpool in the movie as well!

If you haven't heard by now, X-Men Origins: Wolverine will feature a whole boat load of Marvel cameos - and we mean a whole LOT of them. So far we've heard Gambit, the teleporter John Wraith, others from Team X, and of course The Blob, and now you can add Deadpool to that list. AICN says that this was supposed to be a big secret (like the Iron Man and Hulk crossover), but nothing can stay secret forever in Hollywood! The role of Deadpool is apparently a small one, if nothing more than a cameo, but at least they confirm he's in it and Ryan Reynolds is playing him.

ComingSoon caught up with Reynolds some weeks back and asked him "are there any other superheroes you'd be interested in playing?" His answer: "Basically for me there are two superheroes that I could play. One would be Deadpool, the other would be The Flash. There are no imminent plans to do either just now." And when prodded further about why Deadpool, Reynolds responded with, "he's just the 'merc with a mouth'. For me I guess it's a no-brainer." Either a lot has happened since that interview or Reynolds is a great liar, because AICN is claiming this is pretty well confirmed.

Deadpool is a Marvel character that is often actually depicted as a mercenary, villain, or anti-hero. He first appeared in 1991 and usually only shows up in X-Men comics. Nicknamed the "Merc with a Mouth", Deadpool is a high-tech mercenary known for his wisecracks, black humor, and satirical pop-culture references. He was a "product" of the Weapon X program that also created Wolverine and Silver Fox. Comic book fans: dig up every reference to the Weapon X program you can find and search for every other character that was created by it. I'm betting you they'll have a role in this movie in some way.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by South African filmmaker Gavin Hood, of the Oscar-winning Tsotsi and Rendition, and was written by David Benioff (25th Hour, Troy, The Kite Runner). The movie arrives in theaters on May 1st, 2009.

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


I have confidants that Gavin Hood wont screw this movie up, it cant be as bad as X-3 was. Im glad its just a cameo as much as he looks bad ass and Ryan Reynolds is dope i just dont want him to make the same mistake as Brett Ratner.

Curtis on Feb 18, 2008


Heh, thats actually a really good matchup if you ever read anything with deadpool in it

Richard on Feb 18, 2008


Yeah, I can see Reynolds fitting Deadpool Like Ledger fit into the Joker. Reynolds is typecast as the witty sarcastic annoying humorous guy, which is emobodies everything that Deadpool is.

Sean on Feb 19, 2008


I'll admit it. Here's to hoping that he's wearing a Marvel Girl uniform and proclaims himself one of the X-Men.

SG Dave on Feb 19, 2008


Just me ..or is Ryan Reynolds following in Ben Afflecks footsteps?

Ian on Feb 19, 2008


If that means Ryan Reynolds is going to direct a REALLY good movie in a few years, then I'm all for it, Ian.

Gordon on Feb 19, 2008


Agreed. I certainly meant it in a good way. (Although I'd hazard Matt Damon had some influence in Affleck's REALLY good movie). I used to have a man-crush on Affleck (Casey does nothing for me), but I am growing a little crush on Reynolds now. Since Affleck is all married with children-ish, there's a vacuum there. I loved Reynolds in Blade Trinity (wasn't there supposed to be a NightStalkers' movie?), in fact Reynolds made "Definitely, Maybe" liveable too. I just see him fulfilling the kinds of roles we saw from Affleck once upon a time. Now a superhero, that's dangerous ground, cuz that's when Affleck went nose-divey. We just need to hook him up with Kevin Smith, and maybe both careers wil blossom once again! Smith is a genious btw, I'll watch anything he puts to film- he makes my brain moist.

Ian on Feb 19, 2008


A smart ass to play a smart ass! Genius casting! Ryan Reynolds was the comedy in "Blade: Trinity"; I'm sure he'll trade a few one-liners with Jackman's Wolverine. It'll be great!

Spider on Feb 19, 2008


I would agree with the Kevin Smith assessment haven't thought about it before but that is probably a Deadpool Movie I would go see. Very glad to here they have put Deadpool in this even if it is a cameo. I would really love to see Maverick and maybe even Omega Red. Starting to like this more and more.

Shane on Feb 20, 2008


Gambit, Deadpool, and Sabretooth? Hell, we wouldn't even need Wolverine for this movie to be awesome.

MitchyJC on Feb 20, 2008


Deadpool should get his own movie... after the abrupt ending of his team up comic Cable and Deadpool, he deserves atleast a movie!!!!!

Spawn on Mar 6, 2008


I love all the superhero movies that come out in the theaters with the exception of daredevil and elektra. Wolverine and the Incredible Hulk are definitely my favorite by far. The hulk remake was great and I bet wolverine will be too. I am wondering though as why comic book movies are generally geared toward kids now. when kids these days are not as invested in the heroes the same way when i was growing up.

jason on Dec 17, 2008


I don't think deadpool is goin to have a big role because if u look at the trailer they only showed him turning around if they do him and gambit like they did venom I will be mad

DJ on Dec 20, 2008


I need a movie of my!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

deadpool on Apr 7, 2009


I think comment 11 was right deadpool DOES deserve a movie.

Camron on Apr 7, 2009


Well, I just finished watching a bootleg copy, and I am very disappointed with what they did with Deadpool to say the least. First, they dont stay true to the comics at all with him... Second, he has like 2 lines the whole movie and they aren't even very Deadpool-y... Very frustrating for a Deadpool fan. Other than Deadpool, the movie looks great.

John on Apr 21, 2009

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