Ryan Reynolds Tells Why ‘Deadpool’ Won’t Be Another ‘Green Lantern’

By February 5, 2015

Actor Ryan Reynolds is definitely well-known to comic book fans for his portrayals of two major comics characters from both DC and Marvel. In 2009, Reynolds portrayed Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While the film wasn’t exactly very well received, the film seemed to kickstart Deadpool’s semi-dormant popularity, making him an extremely popular and well-selling comics character. In 2011, fan anticipation was shifted into high gear again when Reynolds starred as Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, but it was quickly dahsed when the film became both a critical and commercial failure.

Reynolds will imminently revisit the Deadpool character, though, in a film of his own featuring Marvel’s resident “Merc With a Mouth.” Deadpool, releasing in February 2016 from 20th Century Fox, will take place under the purview of Fox’s already established X-Men movie universe and apparently exhibit much of the trademark features that ol’ Wade is known for: irreverence, breaking the fourth wall, over-the-top-action, and a somewhat surreal sense of humor. Oh, and of course, a love of chimichangas.

When asked recently by Yahoo! Movies about whether or not Deadpool may be a repeat of his Green Lantern fortunes, the actor was frank about what that film represented for his career, and what sets it apart from this project as he gets ready to enter active production. Reynolds said,

When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script, because the script didn’t exist. I’m not complaining about it — it was an opportunity of a lifetime, and if I were to go back and retrace my steps, I would probably do everything the exact same way. But script, that’s what’s different on this one.

We’ve had a script for three years. The script got leaked, and people even loved that. That says a lot — if you can create a script around a comic-book character that is directly within the canon of the character and be embraced. That’s a huge step in the right direction. I’ve since learned that a lot of superhero movies don’t really have a fully functioning draft of the screenplay ready until they’re already well into shooting.

Deadpool is certainly one of Fox’s most anticipated films coming out over the next year, and comic book fans have been begging for a big screen outing for the character for the last several years. Reynolds’ own sense of humor seems to be a very good alignment for an actor that will take him on, and his experience on the ill-fated Green Lantern film definitely seems to have given him an interesting and surprising confidence as he heads into playing Deadpool for the second time.

For more on Deadpool as it develops, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.