Given that Ryan Reynolds recently suggested that a potential Flash movie might have only died a comic-book death, you'd think asking him what graphic character he'd be most excited to play would be met with a fairly predictable answer. Think again. Faster than the Flash could ever be, Reynolds says the super he's most dying to play is Wade Wilson.
"I've always wanted to do 'Deadpool,' " he enthused, his voice taking on the air of unbridled geek excitement. "I think I would forgo anything to play it in some incarnation."
The "Merc With a Mouth," Wilson is a sarcastic, scheming hero known for his wisecracks and black humor. In other words, a perfect fit for the acerbic Reynolds.
"He's a derivative of the Weapons X program," Reynolds explained of the character's origins (it's the same program, incidentally, that plays so prominently in the backstory of Wolverine). "They turned him into a puddle and shipped him off. Just left him for dead. But he came back with all these mutant powers. And he's pissed off — in a full-fledged, I'm gonna get you way."
Sounds like a pretty cool mix of the Punisher and Wolverine. Problem is, Reynolds acknowledged, Wilson also combines just about every noncommercial aspect of superheroes into one tidy package.
"It's a very tricky character to do," Reynolds sighed. "It's hard R. It's ambiguous whether he's good or bad. He's a mercenary. This is all to say nothing of the fact that his face is made entirely of scar tissue.
"These are huge issues," the 30-year-old actor deadpanned. "Hopefully, there'll be [somebody] who has the balls to go there and make a really authentic, decent 'Deadpool' movie."
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