Ryan Reynolds' Updates on Deadpool Confirm His Dedication
Within the past couple months, the forward progress on a Green Lantern sequel and a whole slew of new projects like Safe House and R.I.P.D. utilizing the talents of Ryan Reynolds have created some uncertainty in the potential of the gestating Deadpool movie every getting made. However, in a recent talk with Hero Complex, Reynolds doesn't show any signs of wear, and he seems as dedicated to the project as ever. As we've expected from the adaptation of the Merc with a Mouth, a sarcastic and almost invincible killer for hire, Reynolds says, "It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes." Read on!
It may be a couple years away, but the passion and dedicate Reynolds shows when talking about Deadpool really boosts my confidence in the potential adaptation. Here's what he had to say:
“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. With 'Deadpool,' it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day. You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With 'Deadpool,' early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people right at the beginning but you take the gamble and know that eventually you’re going to win them back. You won’t lose the hard-core fans of the character, they already know who he is. We have to play to a broader audience than that."
Sounds like he knows what he's talking about. Other good news comes from the revelation that this film won't have the burden of linking itself to the misfire that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine where Reynolds portrayed a mutilated shade of the character that Deadpool is supposed to be. In addition, Reynolds again confirms what we'd previously heard about Deadpool definitely breaking the fourth wall to address the audience, a trademark of the comic books.
Finally, though there are hardcore fans of the series who want a loyal adaptation, Reynolds says he's found a lot of inconsistencies in the character's comic history. So it sounds like there's a certain amount of flexibility in the mythology as adapted by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. We'll be waiting a while, but I don't think I want to see a Deadpool without Ryan Reynolds, so I'm willing to wait. How about you?