Ryan Reynolds is busy working on the upcoming DC superhero film Green Lantern, but he's also still on track to play Marvel's antihero in the proposed Deadpool movie, a character he previously portrayed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds recently spoke about playing that "emotionally damaged" character and how the movie is going to veer away from what we saw in Wolverine.
Reynolds told Heroes Complex the Deadpool movie won't be beholden to the events in Wolverine, which is good news for fans who weren't crazy about how the character was handled in that film. In fact, it's not going to be like any superhero movie you've seen before.
"It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes. It's a nasty
piece of work. It's just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It's like Barfly if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral. ... It's so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that."
The script for Deadpool is the work of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who previously combined their efforts on Zombieland. It was praised by Robert Rodriguez, who may, or may not, be directing the movie (all this is still very much up in the air at the moment).
Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, is a merc for hire, created by a shady and sinister government program, with healing abilities resembling those of Wolverine, making him quite hard to kill. (We know, we know: He died in Wolverine, but Reynolds is telling us to dismiss the events of that movie. Just how that will work out remains to be seen.) Disfigured and mentally unstable, the character is a challenge for Reynolds.
"With Deadpool, it's a lot like going to prison for the first day. You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There's a gamble to it -- you're going to lose a few people right at the beginning, but you take the gamble and know that eventually you're going to win them back. You won't lose the hardcore fans of the character; they already know who he is. We have to play to a broader audience than that. As an actor you have to be willing to do something like ... back in Vancouver we used to call it a [nasty] burger. 'You gotta eat the [nasty] burger to get to the cookies.' And yes, I want to write a cookbook about that ..."
He also added that the character will address the audience in what they liken to "some sort of deranged Ferris Bueller armed with katana swords." But Reynolds also said that:
"He's the funniest guy you'll ever meet, too, and for me that's exciting, but it's not as hard as capturing that moral flexibility, which is so important. He hasn't really experienced the full spectrum of human emotion the way most people do."
Deadpool is planned for a 2012 release if all goes well. In the meanwhile, you'll be able to see Reynolds in that other superhero movie, Green Lantern, on June 17, 2011.