Lately, Ryan Reynolds has been ridiculously busy. He’s currently out promoting the indie thriller Buried, which will be followed by the comedy The Change-Up, then the drama Safe House, The Green Lantern sequel, and hopefully Deadpool. We’re not sure if everything will go in that order but according to the actor Deadpool is still a high priority for him and he’s still on board.
Reynolds recently sat down with Hero Complex, to ease some of our fears regarding the fate of the “Merc with a Mouth.” The last we heard, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were handling the script and according to the actor he loves where their taking the story. Deadpool won’t be your average superhero movie.
“It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes. 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.”
Reynolds is aware of the core Deadpool audience and wants to satisfy them but he also wants to give new fans something to enjoy as well.
“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.”
Hearing Reynolds talk at length about this film has slightly renewed my faith in it. Prior to this interview it seemed as if everyone was treating the character like the red (and black) haired step-child of comic book movies. Here’s to hoping that they stay on top of it because it would be a shame if X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the first and last we saw of Deadpool.
What do you think of Reynolds’ thoughts on the character? Do you think they’ll ever make the Deadpool movie?