File this one under the “yeah, that makes total sense” banner: Deadpool himself is officially getting a co-credit for scripting the forthcoming movie sequel that bears his anti-heroic name.
Ryan Reynolds — whose deep personal investment in the sass-mouthed character shines through in all those whip-smart Twitter takes, gonzo YouTube clips, and just-plain-hilarious one-offs — has been handed one of Deadpool 2’s three writing credits on 20th Century Fox’s official movie site, alongside Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Reese and Wernick were the writers on the first film, which garnered major critical raves (and an enthusiastic army of fans) for its deliciously profane riff on what it means to be a superhero. But it’s no secret that no one has been more in on the joke, from the start, than Reynolds himself.
Reynolds’ Merc With a Mouth hit a nerve with moviegoers with the original film’s 2016 outing, soaring past The Matrix Reloaded to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in the history of global cinema. Domestically, it remains a close second behind the decidedly less potty-mouthed The Passion of the Christ — but it’ll be interesting to see if the first film’s momentous buzz propels Deadpool 2 — and Reynolds as both its star and co-writer — to the top spot.
That’s more than idle talk. Recent test screenings for Deadpool 2 have scored through the roof, with audiences giving the cut they watched no lower than a 91 percent approval rating — and one Dallas audience even tested the movie as high as 98 percent.
Even as its release date inches tantalizingly closer, the studio reportedly has pulled Deadpool 2 back in for a handful of reshoots after all the positive fan reaction led 20th Century Fox to speculate that, just maybe, they could cram even more of what people love into the sequel. In addition to raucously approving of the movie’s overall vibe, fans said they want to see more of Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) — and it looks like the studio has obliged.
We’re less than two months away from seeing whether we can pick Reynolds’ wordsmithing skills out of Deadpool 2’s chock-full salad of zingers. Wade Wilson makes his comeback when the movie hits theaters on May 18.