Deadpool has been making plenty of headlines lately. This article was updated on May 6th to reflect the latest developments with the Deadpool movie.
Simon Kinberg has come out and said that a Deadpool movie "makes sense". He also insisted it could be one of the first superheroes to work as "a hard-R, darker movie".
But he also warned of the many other superhero movies coming out, seeming to imply they could affect the chances of the Merc with a Mouth.
We’re gonna have three big superhero movies in the span of like a month and a half between Cap 2, Spider-Man, and us. So Fox does understand that they are sitting on this massive universe with the X-Men, also with Fantastic Four obviously.
Ryan Reynolds, the fans preferred candidate to play Deadpool, has also compared the process to a troubled relationship:
That movie is alive and kicking, and then it's dead as a doornail. Then it's alive and kicking and then it's dead...it's like the worse (sic) relationship I've ever had. Everybody has a different idea as to how you're supposed to do it, and for me, it's been tough because it comes and goes like the tide...I never know where it is.
So where do we stand with Deadpool, then? What are the major reasons this movie seems so difficult to make?
Could it be that, in the end, it is precisely the weird, violent, funny and surreal aspects of Deadpool that are *harming* his chances of making it to the big screen?
1: 'X-Men Fatigue'
Now looks like the golden age of superhero movies. There are more than ever before - with epic blockbusters like The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Avengers and Iron Man having the highest profile. Surely, you would think this could only help Deadpool get made?
Well maybe not. Studios generally want a sure thing, and Deadpool's uniqueness might actually push him down the pecking order when it comes to which superhero movies get made.
X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, one of the highest profile people involved in bringing about a 20th Century Fox franchise to rival that of Marvel Studios, has recently mention something called 'X-Men fatigue', and it might be one of the few things fatal to Deadpool.
I think we have to figure out how many 'X-Men' films a summer can handle without getting into 'X-Men' fatigue...As you all know there's a 'Deadpool' script that is out there, [but] There's a summer, there's a year, say 2014, 2015, how many can you put out? Take into consideration there are also Marvel movies coming out then. At a certain point people want to see other movies besides comic book movies so you have to be really careful what you're going to pick, and how many are going to be released within a year.
2: Deadpool is too violent, and too weird
Deadpool isn't your normal comic book character. And one reason for that is - he knows he is a comic book character, and he doesn't like it. He spent several series of comics, beginning with Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, trying to do exactly that - to hunt down and kill every member of the Marvel Universe. He even managed to break through into the 'real' world and challenged the writers of his comic.
In an industry that likes to play it safe, will this side of Deadpool be encouraged? Or would they rather have a safer, less bloody hero like Thor, whose giant hammer never seems to draw much blood?
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Actor Ryan Reynolds has spoken about these problems presented by the Deadpool character, commenting:
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 sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies; 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.
3: He has blown his chance
The last problem might be – there already was a Deadpool movie, sort of. Deadpool appeared in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie holds a 38% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes – a rare example of a superhero film that manages to disappoint both critics and fans.
People will argue that it wasn't the real Deadpool there, that he didn't break the fourth wall and was played too straight. But the studios are pretty risk averse. Might Deadpool have already had his chance?
What do you think? Could we really see a Deadpool movie that was faithful to spirit of the character? Or would that be one step too far for the studios?