Though the early buzz would have you believing different, Ryan Reynolds had experienced his own trials and tribulations in the superhero genre before landing the title role in Tim Miller’s Deadpool. Beyond appearing as Wade Wilson’s alter-ego in the middling X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the Canadian actor has also starred in Blade: Trinity, DC’s The Green Lantern flop in 2011 and R.I.P.D., if we’re counting graphic novel adaptions.
But now that Reynolds has settled into the blood-red spandax, his interest in embodying different superheroes on screen has faded fast, stating in a recent interview with The Huffington Post that he has “no desire” to punch the superhero card anymore.
“I have no desire to play any other superheroes after this,” the actor told Huffington Post. “Hopefully we’ll get to do ‘Deadpool’ again. Given the fact that it’s rated R, the fans have to show their support for it, and they have to come out and make it worthwhile for the studio to make another one, but that’s it for me. I’ve punched that superhero card a few times now, and that’s enough.”
It’s a refreshingly candid announcement that will no doubt be echoed by the general movie community. Ryan Reynolds’ path to super-stardom has been hamstrung by poor scripts and execution. Deadpool, on the other hand, represents the perfect platform for the actor to showcase his talents. Following the rapturous reception to last year’s test footage, for many fans, he is the Merc with a Mouth, and he clearly shares much of the larger-than-life enthusiasm as the deadpan mercenary.
Here he is preparing for San Diego Comic-Con in typical fashion.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 8, 2015
Deadpool will be dragged kicking and screaming into theaters in time for February 12, 2016. For now, be sure to share your thoughts on Reynold’s superhero career in the comments.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.