Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the ‘Deadpool 2’ debacle that is Tim Miller and others leaving the film over disputes with Ryan Reynolds, it seems there is a media blitz by 20th Century Fox and Reynolds himself to assure people that Miller leaving is not that big of a deal, as the star was really the driving force behind the franchise all along, and will continue to be so even with the departure of Miller. They are also quick to point out that there were issues with Miller even during the filming of ‘Deadpool’ itself, but nothing that they could not overcome, but using that fact to point out that Reynolds even back then had a large hand in how the film was being developed, especially in terms of character and humor, which were two of the reasons why Miller ended up leaving, despite the fact that those were some of the more successful aspects of the film. According to Reynolds, there were a lot of bumps along the way, but nothing that they could not overcome due to their love of the material and drive to make the best movie possible. At the end of the day, the way he worked best with Tim Miller was for them both to stay in their own wheelhouse, Miller with directing and visual effects, Reynolds with tone, character and humor. In Reynold’s words:
“Making the movie was very, very difficult. It was the most passionate group of individuals I’ve ever worked with in my life. And for whatever reason, that mercurial crazy burgoo of people is what made this thing work so well, not just because I had this vision and I saw it this way and it had to be this way. It worked because we all had that feeling. But there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly. Luckily, everybody’s grown up and at the end of the day enjoys and loves each other…I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it. I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, ‘The visual effects of Deadpool need to be done this way.’ The man is a visual-effects wizard. But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics. Eleven years I’ve been trying to get this Sisyphus rock up the hill, and it kept rolling back on top of me. So I’m gonna be all the fuck over it from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes.”
At the end of the day though, Reynolds is not known for making a lot of great movies over the years, but one could surmise that all of the awful movies he has been a part of might have taught him a lot about what NOT to do in Hollywood while filmmaking, so here’s hoping having his steady hand on the wheel (and being able to find another great director) will be enough to keep the ‘Deadpool’ franchise going in the right direction. Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!