Ryan Reynolds knows a thing or two about taking criticism from nit-picking fanboys. Just four years ago, he starred in the misfire “Green Lantern,” and two years before that he popped up in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool. The problem in that film? Well, “the merc with a mouth” didn’t have many lines, one of the more confusing choices in a movie already riddled as such. But at the very least Reynolds is getting a second crack at the X-character, and he hopes to deflect the barbs of the super-fans with a movie that will deliver exactly what they’re looking for.
“I’m incredibly happy about it —we’ve got a director that understands that world and writers with a slavish devotion to the canon of that character. That’s the most important aspect: it’s made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. Well, that’s the hope,” he told Shortlist. While some actors might be wary of a movie that is apparently being produced on a limited budget, Reynolds believes that the film will benefit from creative freedom that more expensive movies might not be able to access.
“We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make,” Reynolds said to MTV in January.
But is “fan service,” the practice of catering to the preferences and expectations of hardcore superfans, really the best course of action? Comic book movies have been mainstream hits because of a balance of meeting nerd needs and the requirements of appealing to broad audience. At the end of the day, “Deadpool” still has to make money for Fox. We’ll see how it all turns out when the movie opens on February 12, 2016.