Ryan Reynolds willing to forget Hal Jordan to reprise Deadpool

Posted: March 23, 2013 in Movies

Let’s face it, everyone’s willing to forget the monstrosity that was Warner Bros. Green Lantern that was shortly in theaters back in 2011.  However, Hal Jordan himself – Ryan Reynolds – has gone on record as stating that he’s in no hurry to reprise that role.  The good news is though is that he’s really anxious to chop up bitches as Deadpool.

In a recent interview with Empire, Reynolds states that he’s not willing to make the same mistake twice.  Something that he’s probably learned since 2011 wasn’t his best ever.  After Green Lantern flopped (well, didn’t really flop per say, but didn’t do as well as the WB had hoped), his buddy comedy The Change-Up definitely did flop.  Reynolds has been seen sparingly since – his Safe House action/thriller with Denzel was OK.

Empire asks Reynolds if he’d be willing to reprise his role as the Green Lantern/Hal Jordan if a Justice League movie does end up getting made.

“If you’re going to do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right,” Reynolds explains. “I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna’ do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do.”

However, Reynolds admits that being Hal Jordan again probably wouldn’t be that “interesting”;

“It’s just that… working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly – that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.”

Reynolds was then asked about reprising a certain other superhero he once played (poorly written, but that’s a debate for another day) – Deadpool.   Reynolds is excited about the potential for a Deadpool spin-off film, but understands – like the rest of us – that it’s probably not going to happen.

“I love Deadpool and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, so…[It’s] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. They wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book, who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio.”

I’d love to see a very R-rated Deadpool film, but Reynolds is right, Fox may not want to stake their reputation with the property on such a ballsy movie.

For now though, you can see Reynolds in his next film R.I.P.D. in which he plays a ghost cop who teams up with another ghost cop (Jeff Daniels) to try to find the man that murdered him.  It’s a comedy…or is supposed to be.  Don’t take my word for it though.


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