Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins Wolverine

It seems like just about every hot young star these days gets to tackle a superhero franchise, but Ryan Reynolds is the rare actor who has three under his belt. Unfortunately, none of them have quite worked out for him. Blade: Trinity didn’t have any successive sequels, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which he played Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool, was a critically panned box office disappointment, and Green Lantern fared even worse on both fronts.

Nevertheless, Reynolds remains enthusiastic about the upcoming Deadpool movie, which he reveals will actually acknowledge how terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine was. He seems somewhat less excited, however, about the impending Justice League film, in which he says he has “very little interest.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

In an interview for their podcast, Empire Magazine asked Reynolds whether he had been called about the upcoming Justice League movie. The star gave a negative reply, but he didn’t sound too broken up about it.

I don’t know. If you’re gonna 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 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.

Justice League has been off to a very rocky start, with rumors that Will Beall‘s script was so bad it had to be trashed. Going by his comments, it doesn’t sound like Reynolds has much confidence in the project either.

But Deadpool is a different story. Reynolds reiterates that Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have already developed and written a script, which he likens in tone to their Zombieland. And appropriately for the Merc with a Mouth, there’s plenty of insanity going on within. “It’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent,” he explains. “And that’s tough to get by a studio.”

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 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.

Sounds pretty fantastic to us. Unfortunately, it’s looking like the film’s not-so-family-friendliness is proving a major sticking point with the studio, even though, as Reynolds points out, “You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies.”

It’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, so…

Do you think we’ll ever get to see Reynolds’ Deadpool? Do you want him back for Justice League?

[This post has been amended to reflect the correct number of superhero movies that Ryan Reynolds has starred in. In addition to Green Lantern
and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there was also Blade: Trinity all those years ago.]

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