One of the great marketing scores of the current generation of superhero movies has to be Ryan Reynolds’ tone-perfect conflation of his public-facing personality with that of the smartassed antihero he plays in the Deadpool franchise. No matter what the question is, chances are Reynolds and Deadpool, between them, have a sassy answer.
Reynolds proved his spiritual oneness with the Marvel movie-verse’s mouthy merc once again Saturday during the Q&A portion of San Diego Comic-Con’s Deadpool 2 panel, using pitch-perfect emotional jiu-jitsu when asked by a fan which superhero low point he hates more: his starring turn in the much-maligned Green Lantern (2011) or his proto-Wade Wilson role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Staying Deadpool-cool, Reynolds made instant lemonade. “I love them both because they have provided an endless stream of jokes for Deadpool,” he zinged. “I had a great time working on both, but... yeah, they're pretty bad.”
Director David Leitch and Reynolds headed up an impressive SDCC panel lineup that also included screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and castmembers Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapicic.
As part of Deadpool’s saturation presence Saturday, the much-awaited Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut was set for a late screening for Comic-Con fans. As an extended R-rated cut of the film, the thinking behind the long version wasn’t deep. Rather, said Leitch, it was pretty simple: Put back in all the twistedly entertaining nuggets that didn’t make it in the original.
“We tried to give you as much of the material as we left behind,” Leitch explained. “Not only does it have alternate versions of scenes already in the movie, but stuff that wasn’t.”
That “stuff,” it turns out, can get pretty granular — even for hardcore Deadpool fans. Asked whether the Super Duper version packs in easter eggs that might take more than one viewing to catch, Wernick chimed in. “We’re really proud that there's a little easter egg that no one sees except Rhett and I,” he said. “We’re in the helicopter when Shatterstar gets pulverized. We were terrible in it!”
Deadpool’s R-rated take on including all aspirants (so long as they give maximum effort) in his diverse menagerie of superheroes, antiheroes, and just plain people who want to hang out with heroes might just position Deadpool as Marvel’s flagship incubator for greater representation and inclusivity on the big screen.
Asked whether Deadpool’s pansexuality may just be a first step in that direction, Reynolds agreed, albeit demurely. “We're allowed to do things that other superhero movies don't do, and that is probably one of them," he said.
Another thing that Deadpool does that no superhero has done on camera before? Kill baby Hitler. Yes, just before the panel wrapped for the evening, one more clip was unspooled -- a scene already alluded to during interviews for Deadpool 2 in which Wade, while going back in time to fix a few things, travels to the hospital where an infant Adolf Hitler has just been born and possibly changes the course of history... as only Deadpool can.
The Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut arrives on digital Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray Aug. 21.
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