Actor Ryan Reynolds has two potential superhero films in the queue: A stand-alone Deadpool adaptation, and a possible spot on DC’s Justice League film team.
Getting substantive updates on both films is harder than drawing water from a stone, and many publications turn to their shared anchor, Ryan Reynolds, for some clarity. They’re both in his wheelhouse, after all. The 36-year-old actor portrayed a neutered and snooze-worthy version of Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as well as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in 2011’s Green Lantern.
Marvel has been building a better, more comic-faithful Deadpool film for some time, and DC’s Justice League is in progress, even though it can’t really figure out a way to get off the ground. So what’s the status quo of both films as of now, and is Reynolds signed on?
During a recent episode of Empire Online‘s podcast, Reynolds gave us the most concrete information we have on both films to date.
Regarding Deadpool, Reynolds says that the character would be a reboot, and wouldn’t share continuity from X-Men Origins.
“I don’t think you can do that, because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him,” Reynolds joked.
“But I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address Wolverine — though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in Wolverine. He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that.”
And is Reynolds a part of Justice League? He doubts it.
“If you’re gonna do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right,” he said.
“I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do. It’s just that… working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly – that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.”
Are you a fan of Ryan Reynolds? If you had to choose, which would you rather see? A Deadpool stand-alone film, or Reynolds as Hal Jordan in Justice League? Sound off!