"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" isn't out in theaters until May 1, 2009, but there's already been plenty of talk about a potential spin-off film focusing on Marvel's "Merc with a Mouth," Deadpool. (In this case, a "spin-off of a spin-off" is more accurate, given the move from team-oriented "X-Men" movies to "Wolverine" solo -- but you get the idea.)
During a recent "Comic Book Club" chat session between comedians and comics creators in Manhattan, former 20th Century Fox Studio Exec Jeff Katz (who had returned from the set of "Wolverine" just a few months ago) offered up his own thoughts about the potential for a "Deadpool" movie -- as well as what you can expect to see in "Wolverine," bub.
"The film nicely tees [Deadpool] off for his own spin-off film," said Katz, who raved about Ryan Reynolds' portrayal of the wise-cracking mercenary. In Marvel's comic book universe, Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool) is a product of the same "Weapon X" experiments that Wolverine was subjected to by the Canadian government, but the experiments left him disfigured and mentally unstable.
Katz' comments seemed to reiterate those of Fox Chairman Tom Rothman, who previously addressed the possibility of a "Deadpool" spin-off and commented on the tone of "Wolverine." According to Katz, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is "certainly the most violent" of the X-Men movies thus far, with a darker tone and significantly more action than its predecessors.
Of course, before "Deadpool" gets the go-ahead, there's still another X-Men character likely to take a solo turn on the big screens: Magneto. With yesterday's report of an official plot synopsis for "Magneto" hitting the 'Net, it looks like "The Merc with a Mouth" will have to get in line behind "The Master of Magnetism."
Want to see a "Deadpool" film? Would you rather wait to see "Wolverine" before passing judgment? What other X-Men characters would you like to see on the big screen?