With this summer's promising (fingers crossed) The Wolverine due later this month, we've been trying to erase all remnants of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, easily the worst film in the X-Men movie franchise, out of our minds. But here's Ryan Reynolds, doing press for R.I.P.D., to remind us not only of its existence, but that the studio's been laboring to get a spin-off for his Deadpool character off the ground ever since.
For those who aren't up on their Marvel B-character knowledge, Deadpool is a mercenary and sometimes anti-hero who tangles with the X-Men and breaks the fourth wall, typically chattier than the average ice-cold killer. Reynolds' performance was one of Origins very few bright spots, and he'd probably do well enough on his own. If the film ever sees the light of day that is.
As told by Reynolds to Total Film magazine: “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 worst relationship I’ve ever had!” He goes on to say that the current draft of the script does indeed have him breaking the fourth, with an awareness of X-Men: Origins. He even plays with his own action figure at one point.
We'd love to see the Merc With a Mouth get the silver screen treatment he deserves, but right now the X-franchise has bigger fish to fry, namely writing egregious past wrongs through The Wolverine and then Days of Future Past. For now Ryan, enjoy that assuredly awesome relationship with Blake Lively and leave this one on the shelf.