By now you’ve likely heard that Deadpool is not only a smash hit, but it’s THE smash hit having shattered not only box office records for the month of February, but also for an R rated feature film and for a first time feature length director (good on you Tim Miller). Expected to take in more $135M domestically over the extended Valentines/Presidents Day weekend, the film nearly doubled it’s expected $65-$70M projected earnings due largely to extremely good reviews which not only praised the film for its mix of violence and comedy, but for delivering a completely new brand of superhero movie that, for those who were previously unfamiliar with the character, seem to be fairly smitten with.
Deadpool is indeed a unique take on the genre and offers a fairly comic-accurate version of the character. From his quippy humor to his reliance on breaking the 4th wall by continuously chatting with the audience, he’s something that the silver screen just hasn’t yet seen. If you haven’t seen the movie, think Kick-Ass meets Ferris Bueller meets One Flew Over the Coo-Coo’s Nest. It’s a strange mix that absolutely works and we’re curious to see just how far the money meter will rise for the film.
When you take into context that Deadpool has already beaten out Iron-Man 2, Man of Steel, Sam Rami’s first Spider-Man, both installments of The Hunger Games Mocking Jay, and Star Wars Episode III, the film is clearly something special. The question at hand, now that they’ve already announced a sequel which is set to also introduce fan favorite character, Cable, is just how much further can they go? How deep is their will to be weird and do to things that no one else has done before?
Well, in a recent interview with Variety, the films star, Ryan Reynolds, suggest that he’d like to see the titular character have a boyfriend in the next film as a nod to the characters famous pansexuality. In response to a question about the possibility of a Deadpool same-sex relationship, Reynolds responded, “I certainly wouldn’t be the guy standing in the way of that. That would be great.”
The films screenwriter, Rhett Reese, talked about how they teased it in the film, but they didn’t go so far as to flat out state it. According to Reese, “We wanted to honor that in the movie. But we did it in subtle ways. There’s veiled references to it in this film. It’s in the DNA of the character.”
The films quips tend to be fairly mild mannered and most movie goers wouldn’t get the pansexual takeaway from the film, but if you are familiar with the character you’d know that you can read a little deeper into the witty innuendos. If the sequel were to introduce that into the film, it would be the first major comic book adaptation to fully tackle to the subject and could easily pave the way for a more diversified set of heroes in the future.
Personally, we’d love to see it as it would continue on with what to helps make that particular character so unique and it would continue to help set it apart from the rest of the superhero genre. The only question is if the studio is brave enough to allow the film makers to pursue it, although the pressure is probably on at this point since they didn’t even want to make this movie to begin with. Leaked test footage (which is now being attributed to the films director) drove the fans into a frenzy and essentially forced the studio to re-green light the once shelved project. With the films record breaking success, it would only make sense for the studio to allow the film makers to continue on with their creative wave and allow the character to remain true to his comic origins. Our fear is that they’ll continue to hold back on it and maybe subtly hint that Deadpool has a man crush on his idol Cable, but it would be great it they really stuck to their guns and went full on with it.
So what do you think? Have you seen Deadpool yet? Does it deserve it’s earnings and should they pursue a same-sex relationship for the films lead? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below.