Ever since “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” hit theaters, there have been rumors of an upcoming “Deadpool” movie. For those unaware, Deadpool is the character that Ryan Reynolds portrayed in the movie, despite the fact that the final results of that film was nothing like the actual Deadpool character from the comics. That, among other things, is what turned comic book fans away from the “X-Men” spin-off movie, as Deadpool is an extremely popular character treated with a complete lack of respect in the movie.
A “Deadpool” movie is now in the news again as a script leaked online and the screenwriters are rumored to be waiting to get the movie green-lit as an R-rated comic book adaptation, similar to “Kick-Ass.” That might prove interesting, and could win back over the fans of the character, but is a long shot at best. Also still on board is Ryan Reynolds himself, who has starred as more superheroes than almost any other actor.
Wesley Snipes had already appeared as Blade in two movies for New Line Cinema when they came to him and pitched a third one. This movie, “Blade: Trinity,” was supposed to possibly build a spin-off effort, as Blade teamed with two demon hunters played by Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds known as the Nightstalkers. Biel played Whistler’s daughter while Reynolds was Hannibal King, who in the comics was a vampire who refused to feed on humans. The movie not only changed key things about Hannibal’s past, but also was a critical failure and the Nighstalkers spin-off died at the box office.
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
Next up was the “X-Men” spinoff with Reynolds playing Wade Wilson, Deadpool. He was the coolest in the start of the movie as part of the special ops team that Wolverine served alongside. He at least got in some cool moves and one-liners here, but then the movie did the unforgivable. They made Wilson a mute, when in the comics his biggest draw is his wise cracking, and turned him into Weapon XI, a character that Deadpool had nothing to do with. The spin-off seemed unlikely with the major changes they made to his character.
Reynolds then got a chance to star as one of DC Comics greatest heroes in “The Green Lantern.” He really wasn’t the casting choice that Green Lantern fans expected, as Hal Jordan is an air force pilot who becomes a super cop and Reynolds has always been a wise cracking goofball. The movie also suffered from a convoluted storyline and too much going on to really capture the attention of the casual movie goers. It killed yet another superhero franchise for Reynolds, who will strike again this year with “R.I.P.D.”
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