And this is where it starts….this is where all good superhero films go to die….the dreaded “studio involvement”. We all know the story of how 2016’s Deadpool came to fruition at this point. It was in development hell for ten years or so, there was test footage shot that was rejected by the studio and shelved until someone (maybe Reynolds?) leaked the footage on the internet causing an outcry for a full feature that the studio could no longer ignore. So they gave Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller $58 million dollars, and very little attention to make their R rated film. However, passive aggressive that move was on 20th Century Fox’s part, it turned out to be the best thing the studio has done with their MCU franchise since 2003’s X-2. Deadpool clocked out at $781 million dollars worldwide making it the highest grossing R-rated film in history. Yes, this opened the door for pitches to make certain films unnecessarily rated R, but it also opened the door for the critically acclaimed Logan. There was no way that Fox was going to test out a R rated superhero film with their most popular character without proof of success.
In just two weeks we’ll be getting the follow up to the 2016 film that features Deadpool recruiting members for his X-Force team to protect Russell aka “Hot Stuff” from Cable. Although it is very apparent that Reynolds is having the time of his life and certainly at the peak of his career with playing Deadpool, he’s not too sure that he is game for a third solo outing telling Entertainment Weekly;
“I don’t know that there would be a Deadpool 3. I really don’t. I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him,” Reynolds said. “I don’t think that you can keep doing that.”
The proof is certainly in the pudding with the actor recently admitting this little tidbit;
“This is a sore spot for me because there’s a joke in the movie that is not in the movie now because — I’m probably not even allowed to say this — Fox made me take it out,” Reynolds says. “It had more to do with Disney, and they made me take it out. As I look back at it, I think maybe that was a wise decision.”
It’s nothing new for a studio to come and override decisions on what makes the final cut of a film, but we are all witnessing what is going on with the DCEU franchise, because of Warner Bros.’ constant interference. However, if Ryan Reynolds believes that this was probably a wise decision then it was most likely over the line. The Fox/Disney merger has not yet been approved so perhaps either party may be able to renegotiate terms of the deal or pull out. Might as well not poke the bear that is Disney otherwise they could easily shelve the character from future appearances.
Deadpool 2 is in theaters on Friday, May 18th.
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