Although we all expected it, now we can rest easy in the knowledge that Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool will break the fourth wall at some point in the movie, if not multiple times, just like Deadpool does in the comics. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the screen writers of Deadpool, are now on the record with confirmation. For those of you wondering what the fourth wall is, that’s when a character addresses the reader, or viewer in this case, directly, while others around him have no clue as to who he is talking to.
Reese and Wernick recently talked with Collider and had this to say about the fourth wall:
Deadpool obviously breaks that fourth wall in the comics, he breaks it in the movie. We do have our fun with the Wolverine movie and how Deadpool was portrayed, and yet we completely disregarded it and done it hopefully better than they did.
The comics had given us the lead way to break the fourth wall, so in a way he’s just strangely omniscient. He can talk about the fact that he’s in a movie, he can talk about things that the character wouldn’t know and everyone around him is kind of like, ‘What are you talking about?’
Will this come off as crazy to the audience?
It’s not the hearing voices, we’re not doing that, he’s not schizophrenic or anything, but he is as Ryan [Reynolds] says, in a highly militarized shame spiral. We’re not pushing him quite as far as some of the later comics do in terms of his sheer insanity. We figured we had time to do that, hopefully with sequels we have time to do that.
It’s refreshing to hear writers talking about what actually happens in the comics in relation to their movie scripts and believe that those thoughts might just end up in the movie. In other words it won’t be all talk and nothing on the big screen. Personally, I believe that Deadpool might be the movie that breaks the tradition of making huge changes from the comic to the big screen. No more organic webshooters…
How Deadpool fits in the FOX X-Men Universe:
And we are part of the X universe, and that is important. Simon Kinberg is our producer and he kind of minds the store in regards to the X universe, so we are fitting into the larger timeline, we need to recognize that. I mean, we have things like the Blackbirds in the movie, we reference Professor X in the movie. So Deadpool is very much of that world and I think sooner or later we’ll cross over into that world. I mean, we’re not sure when that would be. Probably, if I’d have to guess, we would do a standalone sequel before he entered the actual ensemble movies, but I think at some point it will cross over and it needs to fit.
He even jokes in the movie about being part of an ensemble movie, Deadpool does.
That is interesting and definitely something fans will want to see on the big screen in the future, Deadpool sharing the screen with other great mutant characters. I’m talking about you Hugh Jackman. Deadpool sowing up in Jackman’s last Wolverine movie would be fantastic. I’d love to see Jackman’s Wolverine and Reynolds Deadpool back on the big screen again. Not that mouth sewn shut monstrosity at the end, but the Wade Wilson we see in this elevator scene from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Director Tim Miller‘s Deadpool hits theater screens February 12th, 2016 and hopefully will usher in a new era of R-rated superhero movies that are not porn parodies.