Ryan Reynolds' Updates on Deadpool Confirm His Dedication

September 15, 2010
Source: Hero Complex

Carey Mulligan

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?

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Reynolds is Deadpoll... 'nuff said

Mayhem on Sep 15, 2010


As long as this man keeps smiling, I'll pay to see him in theaters.

Gmorra on Sep 15, 2010


I'm in, want to see Reynolds as Deadpool more so than Green Lantern.

Ryan on Sep 15, 2010


Reynolds has really grown on me over the years. And Mayhem's right... Reynolds IS Deadpool! Can't wait to see it.

Cruzer on Sep 15, 2010



McWilly on Sep 15, 2010


so reynolds plays a terrible version of Deadpool in X-Men Origins (which was the script, not him) and he's coming back to play in the Deadpool movie, but it's not a spin-off - or even the same Deadpool.... the audience is going to link the two, and people are going to be asking each other in the theater "so he has every mutant power?" "was he part of the experiment?" "he has laser eyes" the only cool thing about that Deadpool was how they tried to get rid of his mouth. sorry guys, Reynolds is the Green Lantern now. If they really want to start fresh and make a good Deadpool they've got to get rid of Ryan... i know, i love him too. i think its the eyes.

John Stamos on Sep 15, 2010


I have full confidence in him.

Xerxex on Sep 15, 2010


^-- well, deadpool wears a mask, so his eyes shouldn't really be a problem 😉 i'm all for ryan reynolds!

feeheeheeheeny on Sep 15, 2010


I just hope they DO NOT fuck it up like x-men's wolverine movie

DaftPUNKFAN on Sep 15, 2010


he better play Deadpool or their going to be war

tazz on Sep 15, 2010


heath ledger would have been interesting.

never good on Sep 15, 2010


All right! Just what we needed - another fucking superhero movie! With Ryan fucking Reynolds no less!

norm on Sep 15, 2010


Am I the only one that does not see the big deal about Ryan Reynolds. You realise he was part of the abomination that was Blade Trinity. Now he is TWO superheroes? Who HECK is this guy???!!!

Have Hope on Sep 15, 2010


@Have Hope yes we realise but heres something it was the director fault plus that was so long ago

tazz on Sep 15, 2010


Reynolds should have just kept the 'Deadpool' role instead of teetering between it, and the 'Green Lantern' role. But, oh well, IT is what IT is!

Blue Silver on Sep 15, 2010


Have Hope he was the only good think in Blade 3.

Xerxex on Sep 15, 2010


John Stamos, norm, Have Hope.... i shake my head at you... As long as they don't royally screw something up this'll be casting to rival RDJ as Iron Man And once again as long as they don't screw it up it'll be something completely new and not just another comic book movie

silver on Sep 15, 2010


to Have Hope...lose the hopelessness dude...

Iggypop on Sep 15, 2010


I liked Ryan as Wade (I don't consider it Deadpool). Of what audiences got to see, I wouldn't want anyone else to play the character. I know it's been mentioned that Ryan is a fan and excited about the role of Deadpool, and that gains a lot of support. He enjoys the character as much as other fans and wants to do it justice it seems. It would seem that it's not just another job. I'm still trying to figure out the purpose for the Green Lantern movie. I never saw him as very popular, and DC heroes other than Batman aren't holding up well enough to make a Justice League film very promising. Personally, I don't like the double superhero duty, but if people really want him that much, I'd picture Ryan better as Flash than GL. Maybe that sometimes snarky mouth with Flash was too similar to the mouth on Deadpool, and the filmmakers didn't want it to feel like he was playing the same character for two roles. His "play to the broader audience" comment is the only thing that makes me nervous. I know that's not his choice, most movies either take risks with the material they delve into and usually get critical acclaim and a number of loyal fans, or they try to just excite the masses, and really upset those loyal to the original work. Deadpool needs to be the former, make some people really happy, but risk losing some due to how far it goes with it's material.

SapphireD910 on Sep 16, 2010


The reason Ryan is doing the green lantern movie is that DC offered to pay him a shit load of money and Ryan is like every other red blooded american and has to work. Deadpool is more a labor of love, hence it taking time to do. I just hope they stay away from the whole "he isn't really wade T-Ray is" story line for his origin as I HATE that one.

Exile on Sep 16, 2010


I love Ryan Reynolds and I know he is gonna do great job as alwayas!!! P.s. does somebody know if he is coming to to San Diego or LA??

Anette Fontes on Sep 17, 2010


Exile- Mr Reynolds is a Canuck.... just like Deadpool/Wade Wilson!! Furthermore, his comic voice has been described as 'Ryan Reynolds crossed with a shar-pei' or some other little dog. Among other things. Thus, Mr. Reynolds is a perfect choice. It doesn't really matter what origin story they use, since he has about three or four different versions of his early life. I do agree that the T-ray version was pretty crap though.

Headpool on Feb 4, 2011

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