ByMax Farrow, writer at Creators.co
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Max Farrow

Batman v Superman or Civil War? Suicide Squad or Doctor Strange? Whichever you preferred, 20th Century Fox’s raucous crowd-pleaser, Deadpool, stands firmly apart. Beloved by fans and critics alike, it’s a comic book movie unlike any other, with its raunchy humor and visceral violence contributing to its slight, subversive twist of superhero tropes.

So, it was with shock and horror that we learned that director and champion of the first movie, Tim Miller, had departed production on the upcoming sequel. Across the internet, speculation has spread about who could replace Miller, but it looks like Fox might have found their man!

Calm yourself Wade! [Image: 20th Century Fox]
Calm yourself Wade! [Image: 20th Century Fox]

Who's In Talks For 'Deadpool 2'?

[Image: Carl F. Bucherer]
[Image: Carl F. Bucherer]

It looks like the director’s chair could be taken by David Leitch, if Mashable is to be believed. He may not be as instantly recognizable as the fan-favorite Quentin Tarantino, yet David Leitch is still well known for being one of the directors of #JohnWick, as well as the upcoming adaptation of The Coldest City, which stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. Mashable exclusively revealed that Leitch is being courted by Fox, and they seem pretty confident that he is the forerunner:

“There doesn't appear to be an official offer on the table yet, but by most accounts, 20th Century Fox has found its man.”

If this is the case, and David Leitch is set to be their guy, his appointment could mean that the project may have even more potential than we first thought. Let’s check out why.

Let’s Talk About John Wick

Reeves as John Wick [Thunder Road Pictures]
Reeves as John Wick [Thunder Road Pictures]

If you’re a fan of action movies, Keanu Reeves and really nice suits, then you should definitely give John Wick a shot. It tells the story of a retired hit man (Reeves) who goes on an all-out war against the Russian mob, after one of their number steals his car and kills his dog, not knowing of his victim’s fearsome reputation. A revenge story against one who wronged him... sounds a bit like Deadpool’s mission to me!

Indeed, John Wick is peppered with lots of wince-inducing violence and flowing, kinetic action scenes, so it’s clear that Leitch is a suitable choice to guide our favorite antihero as he dishes out death and destruction. Check out the scene below to get an idea of what we could see if he took on directing duties on Deadpool 2:

How cool is the cinematography here? It looks and feels so polished! However, if we’re going off John Wick alone, Leitch’s directing may be a tad too stylized for Ryan Reynolds’s tastes. After all, part of his fallout with Tim Miller was due to the star’s vision of a “scrappier,” lower-budget movie that was similar to the original, as opposed to Miller’s desire for a sleeker product.

Although John Wick is David Leitch’s directorial debut, it’s not the only movie that we can base our opinion on. Certainly, Leitch is no stranger to film making, and he has a considerable reputation within Hollywood as it is...

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Leitch Knows His Stuff

Leitch on the set of John Wick with fellow director Chad Stahelski [Thunder Road Pictures]
Leitch on the set of John Wick with fellow director Chad Stahelski [Thunder Road Pictures]

Leitch is known for his stunt work on some of the biggest-budget blockbusters that have come out of America in the last twenty years. He’s been Brad Pitt’s double on various films such as Fight Club and Troy, and has worked as a stunt and action-coordinator on The Matrix series and The Bourne Ultimatum, for which he, and his team, received various awards.

But what will make many fans prick up their ears is the fact that he is no stranger to superhero flicks either. Leitch has worked on Ben Affleck’s Daredevil, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and most recently helped out as a second unit director on Captain America: Civil War.

The famous battle [Marvel Studios]
The famous battle [Marvel Studios]

Why does all this matter? Well, the bottom line is that he knows how to make a good action movie. John Wick was successful enough to warrant a series of its own, because its slick fight scenes and the story organically complemented each other. Plus, we all love how the Airport scene in #CivilWar adeptly thrilled the audience and juggled the plethora of power sets.

Considering all of this, he seems like quite a reasonable choice for the film, especially since Leitch reportedly has a good working relationship with Ryan Reynolds from their X-Men: Origins days, which couldn’t hurt his chances.


Deadpool hangs out [20th Century Fox]
Deadpool hangs out [20th Century Fox]

Though it is far from being a done deal, it seems that David Leitch would be a good choice to helm Deadpool 2. Whilst he may be lesser-known than the other directors that have been suggested, it’s worth remembering that prior to Deadpool, Tim Miller was only known for his visual effects and design work, so the odds are in Leitch’s favour.

And yes, Deadpool is a hugely beloved movie, but towards the end it did admittedly succumb to issues which plague other superhero movies, such as the standard climatic battle. A fresh pair of eyes might be able to remedy this. Plus, with the inclusion of various new characters and powers, the story and action have to challenge and develop even more. If done right, which I'm sure it will be, the sequel will be as wacky as its protagonist, and a worthy successor to the original movie!

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[Source: Mashable.com]