class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-8238″ title=”Deadpool” src=”https://www.heyuguys.com/images/2010/01/Deadpool220.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”150″ />About a month ago rumours began to make the rounds (thanks to CHUD) that Zombieland writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, were in talks to write X-Men spin-off movie Deadpool. Well it turns out that there was a lot of truth to those rumours as Variety have today announced the writing duo have officially been hired by Fox to move forward with the project.
When these rumours first surfaced I, like many people, thought that these guys would be a good choice to pen Deadpool purely based on their screenplay for Zombieland, which was one of my favourite films of 2009. Zombieland blended action with comedy brilliantly, and also had great control over the timing whenever the fourth wall was broken by Columbus (played by Jesse Eisenberg) to interact with the audience, much like Deadpool would have to do in his own movie.
Now even though I am still not thrilled about Ryan Reynolds being cast as both Deadpool and the Green Lantern, having previously likened that to seeing Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) playing Superman or Christian Bale (Batman) playing Captain America, the casting of Deadpool is not even close to being my biggest problem with this proposed spin-off movie. In order for this movie to work in any way, shape, or form it has to outright ignore all four X-Men movies, in particular the complete disaster that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was the introduction of Wade Wilson, AKA the Merc with a Mouth, AKA Deadpool, to the big screen. Deadpool has to be made as a completely separate franchise to the X-Men if it is to work, and as such just further reinforces the idea that the character should be recast. I am not anti-Ryan Reynolds, I think he did a good job as Wade Wilson in the early stages of Wolverine before the character was butchered by that film’s plot (which Reynolds was clearly disappointed by when he was doing interviews to promote the movie), and Reynolds was directly referenced in the comics as being a likeness of Deadpool. So even though I think he is a good choice for the part, the fact that he is also playing the Green Lantern and the idea that the Deadpool movie should have nothing to do with the X-Men film franchise logically leads me to conclude that another actor should take over the role.