Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool 2

Fans became a little concerned about the future of Deadpool 2 when director Tim Miller, an integral part of the success of the first movie, departed the sequel following creative differences with star and producer Ryan Reynolds. But now John Wick director David Leitch has been brought on board, and hopefully we’ll get a sequel that satisfies everyone who loved the first, raunchy, fourth-wall breaking, comic book romp.

With Ryan Reynolds recently being named Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year, the actor sat down with the magazine to discuss the sequel, his excitement for the new director, and a resistance to making the follow-up bigger than the first. Ryan Reynolds talks Deadpool 2 after the jump.

Speaking with EW, Reynolds discusses what made them choose David Leitch as a replacement for Tim Miller:

“Everybody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”

We all love John Wick. If you don’t love John Wick, that’s a problem. The action sequences alone are enough for me to be excited to see what he can do with a superhero like Deadpool. And with a new director on board, Reynolds is happy that they’ll be able to follow his vision for keeping the movie on the same scale as the first one. We had heard Tim Miller wanted to go larger scale while Reynolds and writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wanted to stay small, and that lines up with what Reynolds says he wanted from the movie:

The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film….That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.

While I mostly agree with Reynolds about going bigger not necessarily being the best approach to crafting a sequel, there would be something wholly entertaining about Deadpool cracking wise in a large scale blockbuster. It would allow for some more meta humor about tentpole cliches and all that jazz. But at the same time, you don’t want the action to overpower what people love about Deadpool as a character so the humor takes a backseat to a big setpiece. Here’s hoping that the filmmaking team finds a nice balance between the two when the movie arrives sometime in 2018.

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