With Deadpool 2 finally beginning to take shape – Zazie Beetz has climbed aboard in the role of Domino, though the search for Cable is ongoing – excitement is slowly starting to build in anticipation of the Merc With a Mouth’s sophomore outing.
Without a release date to call its own, it’s still a long way off, though writer-director David Leitch is making a conscious effort to not only craft a distinctive sequel that stands on its own two feet, but one which also pays homage to the crackerjack energy that ensured the original became a modern-day classic of Hollywood’s crowded superhero space. Considering that 20th Century Fox is said to be drafting up future plans for both Deadpool 3 and an X-Force team-up movie, news that Deadpool 2 will ostensibly exist as its own beast will no doubt please those that felt burned by Iron Man 2 and its obsession with world-building.
Before wrangling with Wade Wilson, though, David Leitch will be busy launching his Cold War espionage thriller Atomic Blonde, one which places the Oscar-winning Charlize Theron in the title role. Those of you who have laid eyes on the film’s electrifying reveal trailer will be able to pinpoint Leitch’s signature fight choreography, and it seems the director will be carrying over those skills to Deadpool 2 in due time.
Empire caught up with David Leitch to discuss Atomic Blonde and managed to slip in a question relating to Ryan Reynolds’ anti-hero. What can we expect from the upcoming sequel? Action, lots and lots of action.
“There’s more action in this film. I hope we can expand it and make it interesting in an 87Eleven kinda way. The completely irreverent tone was the thing that won me over about the first Deadpool movie,” he enthuses. “I want to deliver on what they did and at the same time hopefully expand the universe.”
Directing from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, David Leitch is expected to court Deadpool 2 in front of the cameras before the year’s end. Atomic Blonde, meanwhile, pummels its way into theaters on July 28th, and you can find our official review from SXSW 2017 right here.