A recent interview with Deadpool movie director Tim Miller, who by the way was signing toys by the same name, was conducted by Comicbook.com at the 2016 Silicon Valley Comic Con. Discussions about the comic book movie transpired, covering the surrealist feeling of Miller taking on the project, and then there was the question of actor choice by the fans for Cable in the Deadpool sequel.
The movie director said this was the second convention panel he’s done. He also mentioned he liked the Silicon Valley one as it involved a “combination of nerds and tech.”
Tim mentioned that the Deadpool movie costume was designed by Josh Shaw, including the look seen in the leaked CGI footage that made its way online. Of course, the design had to be adjusted for Miller’s live-action movie. Shaw also worked on Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s outfit, and Alex Lozano took care of Colossus’ design.
Miller’s directorial debut was with Deadpool, and he even found it to be quite surreal, especially at the age of 51. When asked about getting the go-ahead to move forward with the Deadpool project, Tim Miller had a concern regarding a possible misfortunate circumstance that might occur just as he was given the green light to do it.
“Every night I would drive home on the highway from work and I stopped doing that because I was afraid I’m going to get into a car accident and how tragic would that be for me (nobody else) to do it. Like right when I’m going to get a chance to finally make a movie that I wanted to do at my advanced age of 51 years. I’ve been waiting a while. I was glad, it felt surreal, it still feels surreal…to have made it.”
The Deadpool 2 movie was also brought up at the Silicon Valley Comic Con in regards to the Cable character and hearing from fans whom they may think would be the actor that could take on the role. Tim Miller found this to be analogous to political sides but doesn’t use Deadpool fan opinion as a guiding light toward a decision making process, although he does keep an open ear. Miller does mention how he looks at “why” the movie/comic fans are endeared to the characters, according to Screen Rant. It seems to be left to interpretation and/or perspective.
“I may not like his idea. I might read it, but I may not do it. I would say I listen to all of them, but I don’t look to that to guide me. I look to the comic and why people like these characters.”
It was addressed how he could avoid the “trap” whilst creating a sequel to make it “bigger, but not necessarily better”, according to ComicBook.com.
The Deadpool movie director surmised that the character must stay true to itself in an organic fashion. One could say the Merc with the Mouth marches to the beat of his own drum. Tim Miller said Rob Liefeld’s creation is unique in this movie, according to Screen Rant.
“It had a lot of heart…a lot of humor [and] a main character that’s different than anything else that was out there. [Going bigger] wouldn’t be honest to who he is and why people like him.”
Even Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is on par with the aforementioned. Some time back on social media and in a report by Slash Film he talked about how “Deadpool was its own thing.” Gunn also talked about how after a film makes such a great hit, that people in Hollywood tend to come up with their “definitive” reasons as to why it was, citing certain things that made it a big hit and then running with it in future movies.
The Deadpool movie didn’t do this, and it took on such a risk by bringing an unknown character into the mainstream of comic book movies. Though the character is known for breaking the fourth wall and being “raunchy,” that’s a given, but according to James Gunn, other movies shouldn’t follow suit.
According to Slash Film, the focus for the audience is originality.
“Gunn argues, the real lesson of Deadpool should be that audiences crave originality.”
Deadpool’s Tim Miller is known for his opening sequences for Thor: The Dark World and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, Gopher Broke. Another live-action adaptation to Miller’s credit was when he directed Gravel, per a report from Deadline Hollywood, which was a live-action adaptation of the Warren Ellis comic.
Deadpool is currently in theaters, and the Deadpool 2 movie project is being penned by the first movie’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
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