Okay Splash Page readers, it's time for what's become a recurring feature these past few weeks: Let's Get Super Analytical About X-Force Updates!
Screen Rant has a new interview with "X-Force" screenwriter—and "Kick-Ass 2" writer/director—Jeff Wadlow wherein he reveals his love of one character that fans are dying to see treated well on the big screen... as well as some others that this blogger is excited about.
"Look, I'm a huge Deadpool fan," Wadlow told Screen Rant. "Who doesn't love Wolverine – but obviously Cable is an iconic character we haven't seen onscreen yet. I love Psylocke. Domino is an amazing character – it's a long list of characters that have appeared in 'X-Force.' Colossus is in the current lineup [in 'Cable and X-Force']. There's a lot of really exciting characters that you can use in 'X-Force' that have been in other movies, that haven't shown up, or maybe there's ways to re-imagine them, even though they might've shown up in other films."
The action-oriented X-Team has a much-talked about film in development, with "Kick-Ass 2" writer/director Jeff Wadlow signed on to write it. Deadpool debuted in one of the final issues of the proto-"X-Force" series, "New Mutants," and went on to antagonize the team during their first year of stories. The character finally because a member of one iteration of the team, starting with 2010's "Uncanny X-Force."
Thanks to those ties, it's entirely likely that Deadpool could be a shoe-in for the film. MTV's Josh Horowitz got the chance to ask Ryan Reynolds about his possible role in "X-Force" and got... well, he got a response, definitely. Check it out after the jump.
Even with a few comic book movies on his resume already ("Green Lantern," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") and one more on the way ("R.I.P.D."), Ryan Reynolds can't seem to shake questions about one comic book movie in particular. Wherever he goes, people want to know about one film and one film only: "Deadpool."
The actor previously played Wade Wilson back in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," or at least he played a character named Wade Wilson. That version of the character disappointed die-hard fans and left them hungry for a real Deadpool film, a film that has a script ready and director attached. There's even test footage floating around Hollywood right now, and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld energetically re-enacted the footage for a crowd at a recent convention. With so much traction, Total Film asked Reynolds where the film currently stands.
"Deadpool" has been in development hell for a while now. After years of work, only three minutes of test footage have been shot. But they're three awesome minutes, according to screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. While that sequence has yet to be revealed, Deadpool creator and comic book artist Rob Liefeld acted out the sequence during a panel at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention. The artist went into great detail, describing the sequence's action bits and joke moments with his trademark enthusiasm.
Liefeld seems to be pleased with the test footage, as he reassured the audience that, "this is not 'Wolverine: Origins.' This is Deadpool." He's of course referencing the barely recognizable version of Wade Wilson portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," a film that will most likely be ignored should "Deadpool" ever get off the ground.
You can check out the full video below, and a paraphrased transcript at Comic Book Movie.
The folks over at Collider had a nice chat with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the duo behind the finished "Deadpool" screenplay that's currently in limbo over at Fox. The 'Zombieland' writers say that "Deadpool" is their personal favorite of all the scripts they've written. The interview lays out a lot of facts about the project that are reassuring (it has mind-blowing test footage, Ryan Reynolds is still on board, it could be made for $50 million, it's a hard R and tonally nails how Deadpool should be on the big screen), which makes it even more disappointing that Fox is hesitant to pull the trigger.
People can't stop talking to Ryan Reynolds about his languishing superhero franchises. He may be doing press to push "The Croods," but people want to know about Deadpool and Green Lantern! This week's Empire Online podcast features a lengthy conversation with Reynolds, where he divulges all sorts of info about DP and GL, going into even further detail than he did earlier this week (at another "Croods" event!).
We've heard a whole lot about a "Deadpool" movie over the years, but we've seen tragically little action. But that's not due to lack of work on the part of director Tim Miller and his team.
Miller, currently advocating on behalf of the "Goon" Kickstarter campaign, recently fielded a question about progress on "Deadpool." At the moment, it appears that the decision of whether or not to move forward is completely in Fox's hands.
Welcome to This Mutant Life, a weekly column about the state of the "X-Men" movies. Since the first X-Men movie arguably kicked off Marvel’s movie renaissance back in 2000 (hey, feeling old!), they’ve taken an unconventional path through varying shades of relevance. From solo stories to team projects, just about everything has been discussed for Marvel’s mistrusted mutants — fitting, since their character and thematic diversity is what’s made them fertile territory for so many great stories over the years. There’s always something to be found among the X-Men characters, whether it’s a World War II story, an allegory for modern prejudice, a slambang superhero beat-em-up, or simply, another Wolverine adventure.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll take a look at happenings around the planned slate of X-movies: casting rumors, story direction, big picture thinking, even some interviews with the creators directly or tangentially related to new projects. As a quick intro, I wanted to get caught up with the current list of movies rumored to be coming out in the future, to see where we’re at. After that, it’ll be a freewheeling tour through the mind’s eye to see where we might end up.
It's plain to see that Deadpool, the merc with a mouth, has clawed his way back into mainstream pop culture as of late. With guest appearances on multiple platforms, ranging from video games to animated movies, Deadpool has certainly regained his status as a fan-favorite anti-hero from the late 90's.
But none of these appearances ever seem to match the Deadpool comic books that we all know and love. Most notably, his appearance in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" had fans doubled over in rage, as the character that appeared in the movie couldn't have been any further from the original.
There have been several attempts to make a "Deadpool" spinoff movie since then, spearheaded by Ryan Reynolds himself. In a recent interview with "Man of Action Studios," the creative team behind the new "Ultimate Spider-Man" cartoon, we got a chance to ask Joe Kelly, the initial "Deadpool" series writer, his opinions on the feature film that is currently stuck in the pre-production stage. "My opinion is that they should just call me up and have me write the damn thing. Cause that goes without saying."
Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.