As wonderful an experience as Deadpool turned out to be, for everyone involved, it’s interesting to see how production for its sequel has gone. In an age where the major studios keep sequels coming off of an assembly line, we’re almost a year removed from Deadpool with no real clarity on when Part II comes out.
For his part, Ryan Reynolds has been very Ben Affleck about the sequel, by assuring fans that nothing’s going to be rushed, and that they’ll only enter production once everything is perfectly in place.
When asked about when Deadpool 2 may happen, now that they’ve hired John Wick co-director David Leitch and seemingly put the creative issues that pushed Tim Miller off of the project in the rear-view mirror, here’s what Reynolds said yesterday:
“We’re still working on it. We’re not going to start until we’re ready. Everything feels great. Everybody is seamlessly locked in to the situation. It’s been really amazing.”
That answer also applied to whether or not Cable has been cast. So they’re clearly working very hard to get their ducks in a row, and not just looking to do some kind of hot-shot casting. Lord knows, the internet has had no shortage of suggestions for who should play Cable, but it looks like Reynolds and Co. don’t just want to be trendy.
Then there’s this other bizarre little nugget that may have flown under your radar. I know it flew under mine, since I don’t follow celebrity gossip, but last Friday Deadpool star T.J. Miller was arrested. Yes, the man who played Weasel in last year’s smash hit was arrested on battery charges and is now facing a lawsuit by a taxi driver who claims he beat him up while high on Whip-Its over an argument about Donald Trump.
Miller has decried the charges and the lawsuit, calling it nothing more than an attempt to get some of his Deadpool and Silicon Valley money. The driver has brandished photos of used Whip-It canisters, yet Miller has pointed out that there’s no evidence of a link between him and the items in the pictures.
It remains to be seen what this could mean for Miller’s involvement in upcoming projects like Deadpool 2. Here’s hoping it all amounts to nothing.
Back to more optimistic news, Reynolds also took time to address the idea of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine crossing paths with his Wade Wilson for some kind of team-up down the line, despite “retiring” in Logan:
“That’s going to be a decision Hugh is going to have to make down the line. But Logan, from the stuff I’ve seen in that film, it’s a pretty special film. I’m really excited for him.”
Logan does definitely look like a special movie. In fact, I recently argued that if Fox could regularly churn out films like Deadpool and Logan that they could change the cinematic superhero landscape as we know it.