Probably one of the biggest superhero surprise this year was this year’s Deadpool. Not only did the movie undo the damage that X-Men Origins: Wolverine did to the character, but it proved that you can make a successful R-Rated superhero movie. The success of Deadpool is mostly due to director Tim Miller, and lead actor Ryan Reynolds. Both worked hard on convincing executives that this movie had legs, and as a result, Fox netted $782.6 million worldwide. It’s no surprise that a sequel was commissioned. Unfortunately, Miller left the sequel due to creative differences and has since then replaced with John Wick director David Leitch.
Reynolds and Leitch are currently working on the anticipated 2018 sequel and Reynolds recently talked about the film as well as the selection of David Leitch for director.
“Everybody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”
When discussing the departure of Miller as director, Reynolds also spoke about the scale of the movie and how he and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wanted to make the sequel work on a small scale.
“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film….That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”
The first film did, in fact, operate on a small scale, and it is usually expected that the sequel will be naturally bigger. It will be interesting to see just how small they decide to keep the movie as it’s been reported that Cable, Domino, and X-Force might be making an appearance in the film. With Leitch directing it, the movie should be visually amazing no matter the scale.