The Deadpool star says that his foul-mouthed Marvel hero will be the opposite of Fantastic Four and the Green Lantern
Fear not, superhero movie fans: Deadpool will cure any apathy instilled by Fantastic Four.
In , Ryan Reynolds discussed the feeling of fatigue experienced by those who enjoy, make and star in superhero films after a summer of indifferent reactions to the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
Reynolds, a Marvel fan who has been working on Deadpool for six years, said that the film - set for release in February 2016 - will succeed because of its knowing irreverence of the genre. For instance, the trailer makes light of Reynolds' previous casting as Green Lantern in the film of the same name, which was badly received when it was released in 2011.
Reynolds said: "I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn’t just that it’s funny or isn’t just that it’s rated R. The meta aspect is very important."
"I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree.”
The film adaptation will pick up on the 'Merc with a Mouth's breaking of the Fourth Wall - speaking to the audience outside of the narrative.
Speaking about Green Lantern, Reynolds told the magazine he didn't "give a rusty f---" about the film's poor performance, as it let him avoid making a number of sequels: "I think I would be probably in prep for Green Lantern 3 right now. That sounds about right.”
The 38-year-old also spoke about breaking a relationship with a friend of 25 years who sold photos of his baby daughter to the press.
"A guy that I’d known for my whole life, one of my closest friends growing up, he had been shopping pictures of my baby around. I kind of got in front of it, which is good. But it was a slightly dark period. A bad couple of weeks.”
Reynolds described the incident as being "like a death. It was like one of those devastating things to find out.”
The friend, Reynolds found out, sold the photographs for money. After a "pretty strongly worded conversation", Reynolds told the former friend "I’m never going to see you or talk to you again, unfortunately."