While X-Force may be dead, the creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld still expects the Ryan Reynolds-led standalone franchise to continue in “some form, some fashion.”
“That is not a concern to me,” Liefeld tweeted. “Disney paid $60 billion for Fox, and Deadpool is the most valuable asset in today’s market. It makes more than X-Men films.”
Nothing like deadlines to clear your head… let me be clear Deadpool 3 will happen, some form, some fashion. That’s not a concern to me. Disney paid $60 billion for Fox and Deadpool is most valuable asset in today’s market. Makes more than X-Men films.
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) January 28, 2019
According to a report from Variety, Disney purchased $71.3 billion to acquire X-Verse producers 21st Century Fox in a deal that will likely close in March of this year.
Previously, Rob Liefeld commentated that deal meant X-Force – writer/director Drew Goddard’s planned offshoot of Deadpool 2, reteaming Ryan Reynolds with franchise newcomers Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz as a much more violent band of black ops X-Men – was likely dead in the water, calling the potential $800 million-plus grosser a “victim of the merger.”
However, the star/co-writer/producer Ryan Reynolds was initially unsure of a Deadpool 3 in the wake of the last summer’s sequel.
As of January, a third movie is in the works under scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who reportedly will be taking the franchise “in a completely different direction.”
In May, when the spinoff looked more definite, Ryan Reynolds said the standalone Deadpool franchise probably moved forward under the X-Force branding as an ensemble.
“I do not know that there’d be a Deadpool 3. Really don’t,” he said at the time.
“I feel like that character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you have to take everything away from him. And I do not think that you can keep doing that. But I do see him as being part of X-Force, obviously. I’d love to see him in a team-up sort of thing, like mano a mano or a great female character from X-Men universe. I just think if you are going to do another Deadpool solo film, you have got to really, like, get the budget down to nothing and swing for the fences, then break all kinds of its weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do.”
Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that current Fox-controlled properties Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool would fall under the purview of Kevin Feige as well as his Marvel Studios banner when the acquisition is completed.
Even though Kevin Feige is firm the studio has yet to put any plans with these characters into motion – such moves are legally prohibited until Disney reclaims the screen rights from Fox – Marvel expectedly retains Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, even if the franchise is rebooted when integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, home to the Avengers and Black Panther franchises.
Deadpool Creator Would Love to See Ryan Reynolds Return as Green Lantern
Perhaps many comic book fans have already forgotten, or would like to forget, that Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of Green Lantern. But it sounds like Rob Liefeld is not among them.
Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool and various other Marvel characters, recently posted to Twitter to suggest that Ryan Reynolds should return to the role of Green Lantern once again. As he argued, there is a chance that Reynolds would earn “positive reactions” if he played the DC Comics character once again.
I swear to you, I would love to see Ryan return as Green Lantern. I think it would receive positive reactions. The end credits to Deadpool 2 notwithstanding. Could be massive, just sayin.
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 26, 2018
Of course, there is no telling if Ryan Reynolds would even want to play the character again, considering the previous ways he has poked fun at the role over the past few years.
“Look, I have never seen the full final version of Green Lantern,” Ryan Reynolds revealed during an interview earlier this year. “I saw a very late stage rough cut of the film. Now, that is not to say that I didn’t want to see it because I did not like it. I have movies that have been received pretty well that I have not seen. And then I have movies that I’ve seen 100 times that people don’t like, but I just like. The Green Lantern [joke in Deadpool] to me is just sort of, I don’t know, kind of fun. It is me just taking the piss out of me. But it’s more [Deadpool] though.”
But either way, it seems that fans have Green Lantern to thank for Deadpool hitting the big screen when it did, as Ryan Reynolds eventually took on the role because Fox refused to greenlight the latter film.
“I wrote a letter to the executive at Fox saying, ‘I am gonna take this movie Green Lantern if you guys are not gonna make Deadpool.’” Ryan Reynolds revealed back in 2016. “I am at the altar, about to say ‘I do’ to somebody else. But tell me you want to spend the rest of your life with me because I want to spend the rest of my life with you,’” he recalled. “They said, ‘Unfortunately, we cannot green-light that movie. And I do not think it is ever going to get green-lit.’ So I was like, okay, I am gonna go move on with my life, then, I guess.”
So, do you like the idea of Ryan Reynolds returning as Green Lantern? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Deadpool 2 is already in theaters now.
Deadpool 2 PG-13 Release Gets Official Title and Logo
Deadpool is coming back to theaters for a PG-13 movie this Christmas. And the franchise is bringing a brand new title along for the ride, it is Once Upon a Deadpool.
The re-release of superhero comedy will be a limited engagement affair starting December 12th that runs until Christmas Eve. The PG-13 movie aimed to draw in middle and high school students during the holiday break. It’s for those who were too young to be able to see Deadpool 2 in its original R-rated state in theaters early this year.
According to Deadline, the Deadpool PG-13 re-release is now officially titled Once Upon a Deadpool. The film logo has some holiday flair on top of the traditional, gritty Deadpool font.
The report states that there will be re-edited footage from Deadpool 2 to turn the hard-R movie into a PG-13 film for the younger audience. The new footage features a story framing sequence with Deadpool starring as Ryan Reynolds and Fred Savage. As the photo that Reynolds previously teased on Twitter implies, a jolly-looking Deadpool will be likely reading a bedtime story to a former child actor Savage. It’s the Deadpool 2 sequel set up from the classic 1987’s The Princess Bride. Additionally, the action scenes, violence, and languages that have been toned down to fit a PG-13 rating. Once Upon a Deadpool will run three minutes shorter than Deadpool 2 but Fox declined to reveal more about the new footage duration.
Furthermore, for every single ticket that Once Upon a Deadpool sells, $1 will be donated to Reynolds’ F*** Cancer charity, which is being temporarily renamed Fudge Cancer, to keep up with the motif of the PG-13 superhero flick.
Ryan Reynolds has long held the stance that Deadpool movies need to have an R rating, but he has changed his mind for this release with an explanation.
“Fox has been asking me for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” he told Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. But now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. Firstly, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I want to kidnap Fred Savage. The second took some explaining…”
Reached by Deadline last week, he was still playing along with the kidnapping gimmick. “While my participation in this film was anything but voluntary. I’m happy to learn that Fudge Cancer charity will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab,” he said.
The filming time of eight scenes between Reynolds and Savage all took place over the course of a single day. And Deadpool 2 writer Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick conceived the idea.
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