There are very few men who can hold the distinction of being superheroes in both the Marvel and DC cinematic universes. Among the elite group of actors who’ve been featured in films from the big two in comics is Ryan Reynolds. However, besides Nic Cage and his Ghost Rider movies, the only man to hold the distinction of being in some of the worst superhero movies of the modern era is also Ryan Reynolds.
Though he was spectacular as Wade Wilson in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ for those first few minutes when he’s first introduced, the movie as a whole was pretty terrible and their version of “Deadpool” was even worse. Then, on the DC side of things, he starred as Hal Jordan in ‘Green Lantern’, an extremely lackluster film mostly because of the script and the suit. Though both films were widely panned by critics and fans alike, it’s hard not to root for the very likable Reynolds. So is it likely that he’ll reprise his roles from those movies despite how badly they were handled the first time? The actor addresses that very topic in a recent podcast.
While promoting his new animated film ‘The Croods’, Reynolds stopped by the Empire Podcast to talk about a number of things, involving his stints as superheroes. First, regarding his Green Lantern and taking up the mantle once again in ‘Justice League’ if he’s asked to, he expressed that he has no interest in it:
“I don’t know. If you’re going to do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right. I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do. It’s just that, working on ‘Green Lantern’, I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly that world 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 kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.”
He says he’s not interested, but he mentions Christopher Nolan as someone who “nails it”. The rumor is that Nolan will be involved in some capacity, so if that ends up being true and the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ director asks Reynolds to come back to the roll, will he take it? No one knows for sure until if/when it plays out like that.
On the flipside, he speaks fondly of his experience as Deadpool and expresses that he’s definitely come back to that role if he had the opportunity. When asked about a being interested in making a cameo appearance in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, he basically says he’d do it in a heartbeat:
“I love that kind of stuff. I loved doing [‘X-Men Origins: 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.”
Then, Reynolds went on to talk about the long-shelved Deadpool solo film written by ‘Zombieland’ duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Tim Miller. When asked if the spinoff would tie into the first film where the character was introduced, he responded by saying:
“I don’t think you can do that, because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him. But I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address 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.”
See that? Even Deadpool was not happy about “Deadpool” in Gavin Hood’s sorry excuse for a movie. Anyway, Reynolds also mentions that the Deadpool film is still on the shelf mostly because the script is “nearly NC-17” and they don’t know “if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it”. But with ‘Kick-Ass 2’, which might be as deranged and hyper violent as Deadpool, coming out later this year, maybe Fox will reconsider and get the ball rolling once again on the Merc With A Mouth’s cinematic redemption.
When it comes down to it, more people would rather see Ryan Reynolds return as Wade Wilson rather than Hal Jordan, including the actor himself, but what do you think? Would you like to see him take up either mantle once again? Or possibly neither one? Be heard and sound off in the comments.