Ryan Reynolds is part of the relatively small club of actors who've managed to portray superheroes hailing from the world of both DC and Marvel Comics, but he's also kind of a special case among that group. For Reynolds, the debuts of both of his characters — as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in 2009 and as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in 2011 — were misfires. Fortunately, while we won't be seeing him appear as Green Lantern again anytime soon, Reynolds was able to revive Deadpool for two hit movies and counting.
So, now that he's a proven and bankable superhero movie star, everyone wants to ask Reynolds about the other possibilities at play in his career, even if they're things he'll never actually play out. Reynolds was at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday to promote the "Super Duper Cut" Blu-ray release of Deadpool 2, and was asked during the panel if there were any other superheroes he'd really like to play. He started with a bit of a joke, then gave a serious answer that actually sounds rather perfect.
“I would say Wolverine, but God, I would be terrible," Reynolds said. "Honestly, I wanted to be the Flash — the Wally West version — but I think all of those ships have sailed.”
If you grew up in the 1990s and you loved The Flash, then Wally West is your jam. Introduced as Kid Flash in 1959, Wally took over the mantle of Flash after Barry Allen's during the Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1986, and led the franchise as its lead character until Barry's return in 2008. Though Barry has remained the primary Flash since then — appearing in both the live-action TV series and the DC Extended Universe — Wally has never left, appearing in various incarnations in comic books and beyond.
Plus, Wally was The Flash in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons, and he was the comic relief throughout, so if you watched those shows you have both a special place in your heart for him, and a good understanding of why Reynolds could have pulled that role off. Hell, we even have evidence that he looks good in a red superhero costume.
As Reynolds noted, though, it's probably never going to happen. Warner Bros. has moved forward with Barry as their main universe live-action Flash, Reynolds is probably older than the studio would like Wally to be anyway, and he's also plenty busy with the future of the Deadpool franchise right now. Plus...he probably didn't make a lot of friends at the studio with that Green Lantern joke at the end of Deadpool 2.
What do you think? Would Reynolds have made a good Wally West?
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