Deadpool remains one of the most shocking success stories in the superhero genre — more unpredictable than even the success of Marvel Studios’ risky bets on Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man. Internationally, the first Deadpool is still the highest grossing R-rated movie in history, no matter the genre. Made for only $58 million, the film went on to gross over $780 million worldwide, making it one of the most financially successful movies in the world of comic book movies.
If something ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? To a certain extent… yeah! Yet, it is also extremely important to evolve any franchise in the sequel; better the second chapter shakes things up a bit like The Empire Strikes Back of The Dark Knight, rather then become another sequel rehash like The Hangover Part II.
For better or worse, Deadpool 2 has a new director this go-around, John Wick co-director David Leitch. Leitch’s only other feature project is the upcoming film Atomic Blonde, which also focuses on the action over comedy. It is no surprise then that Leitch told Empire that he wants to up the action level in Deadpool 2:
â€œThere’s more action in this film. I hope we can expand it and make it interesting in an 87Eleven kinda way.”
For those not in the know (like me), 87Eleven is the the fight choreography school Leitch runs with his John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski.
But never fear, comedy fans, Deadpool 2 will still have plenty of laughs:
“The completely irreverent tone was the thing that won me over about the first Deadpool movie. I want to deliver on what they did and at the same time hopefully expand the universe.â€
The same writers from the first Deadpool, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are returning, so don’t expect a giant shift in tone. I am all for upping the action quota, as I thought the first Deadpool was lacking a little in that area. It was a great film, don’t get me wrong, but the film really laid into the comedy a bit much, perhaps to compensate for a lack of budget for more extensive action sequences. The balance felt skewed to me, compared to the comic, so I say the more action, the better!
Did you feel Deadpool needed more action, less action, or was it just right? Let us know in the comments below!
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