Rumor: Zombieland Writers Going from Undead to Deadpool?
by Ethan Anderton
December 8, 2009
Aside from comic book adaptations being seemingly endless these days, the subgenre has had some trouble introducing lesser known characters from the comics world to audiences without a traditional origin story. However, it seems Ryan Reynolds is becoming the key to comic book movies veering away from this tired and typical formula. First, Reynolds talked about Green Lantern's different approach to the origin story, and now it sounds like Reynolds' other comic book alter ego will have a different tone and style altogether as CHUD reports that Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick might be writing Deadpool.
Though this is just a rumor, after the massacre Fox gave the disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary in the tolerable but frustrating X-Men Origins: Wolverine, if this is true, it sounds like they've stopped taking blind ignorance pills and might be giving the Merc with a Mouth his due diligence. Combine the hilarious wit that Reese and Wernick brought to Zombieland and, as Reynolds confirmed, the nature of Deadpool to break the fourth wall in the film much like he does in the comic books, and I think we're in for a truly unique comic book "hero" the likes of which have only been hinted at in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy previously.
With the last decade being full of the introduction to comic book movies (starting with X-Men in 2000) and seeing studios and filmmakers try, fail and succeed in figuring out what works and doesn't work with loyal, dedicated and rabid comic book fanbase, I think the next decade will be when studios and filmmakers alike buckle down and really get to the core of the superhero and even anti-heroes. What do you think?