While promoting his sci-fi thriller Self/less, hitting theaters tomorrow, Ryan Reynolds also spoke at length about the highly-anticipated Deadpool superhero adaptation, which is believed to have a presence at Comic-Con this week with 20th Century Fox's Hall H panel. There has been a lot of talk about how the character may be integrated into the massive X-Men franchise, which would make sense since Ryan Reynolds first played Deadpool in the 2009 prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine. When asked about the possibilities of a crossover, Ryan Reynolds had this to say, during an interview with Screen Rant.
"That's a damn good question. You tell me. It would be kind of hard, wouldn't it? Because you have a character - let's say you have a character who knows he's in a comic book movie, that sort of breaks the fourth wall [and] has a tendency to kind of say people's real names instead of their characters' names. How do you introduce that into another universe that...does not do that? So...I don't know. I'd be curious to say. I'm not saying that's not going to happen. I don't know if it's going to happen. I would love to see that. You have to be very careful about how you do that because you don't want to do a disservice to any one of these characters that are beloved by everyone."
"It's a passion project of mine, particularly because it occupies a space that no other movie occupies, particularly in the Marvel universe or the DC universe or any of those things. It's also got this limitless potential because it's a character who knows he's in a comic book, a character that is not only pop culture relevant, but also savvy. To me, it feels like you're making not just a comic book movie, but something that's like a historical record. You can capture the zeitgeist in each film."
"I'm not going to give anything away, because this movie has more friggin Easter Eggs than the Easter Bunny. There's lots of stuff in there that people are going to love and people are going to get, and then there are lots of things that, the audience who is not initiated to Deadpool, might go right over their head. We have plenty in there for them too."
The actor also praised 20th Century Fox for letting them make the hard R movie that Deadpool needs to be.
"Yeah, it's very much an R-rated film. Entertainment Weekly said it was the first hard R, but that's not necessarily true. There are other movies that were rated R in the comic book universe, Blade was certainly one of them. It kind of has to be rated R. I'm really proud of the studio, actually, because it's a big risk for those guys, but they also mitigate it, because they're not spending X amount of money on us."