by Brett White
People can’t stop talking to Ryan Reynolds about his languishing superhero franchises. He may be doing press to push “The Croods,” but people want to know about Deadpool and Green Lantern! This week’s Empire Online podcast features a lengthy conversation with Reynolds, where he divulges all sorts of info about DP and GL, going into even further detail than he did earlier this week (at another “Croods” event!).
Regarding Deadpool, the actor stated: “I loved doing ’Wolverine’ ’cause the movie wasn’t on my shoulders. I got to kind of come in and insult everybody. It was a lot of fun actually… [The ’Deadpool’ script has] got a similar tone [to ’Zombieland’], almost. [Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick] wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio.”
A version of Deadpool played by Reynolds previously showed up in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” but fans weren’t exactly happy about the Merc With a Mouth getting his mouth sewn shut and using never-before-seen powers (remember the forearm katanas?). This new, hyper-aware iteration of Deadpool, however, knows he’s in a movie and, more importantly, knows he was in a movie.
“In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address [’X-Men Origins: 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.”
Reynolds also discussed the perpetually troubled “Justice League” film. Would he be up for a return as Green Lantern?
“I don’t know, if you’re going to do a comic book movies in that vein you really have to get them right. Joss Whedon is a guy that just nails it, Christopher Nolan as well. If they were going to do it like that, yeah it would be interesting to do. Working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable, and how sort of confused it can all be when you don’t really know where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world that 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, as always a very good script and great director could turn that around.”
So while these two updates aren’t the most positive for their respective films, at least Reynolds is game to discuss them.
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