Life is full of decisions. That said, it’s safe to assume that Ryan Reynolds’ decisions aren’t of the typical “paper or plastic?” variety. As I’m sure you’re well aware, the Canadian actor turned, well, really popular Canadian actor has not one but two superhero film franchise leads at his disposal – Hal Jordan in Warner Bros. Green Lantern and Wade Wilson in Fox’s Deadpool. A nice problem to have to be sure, but a potential problem nevertheless. Picking up on the conflict-in-waiting is “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld whose recent tweet suggested that Reynolds may be too preoccupied with his turn in Green Lantern to juggle the “Merc with a Mouth” as well.
For more info on where Reynolds and the film currently stand, hit the jump.
The Playlist interprets Liefeld’s concerns as stemming from the recent news that Warner Bros. is poised to turn Green Lantern into a trilogy, effectively keeping Reynolds too busy to tackle Deadpool. While this is a reasonable concern, it’s not as if the Deadpool film has been stagnant. With Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick developing the script and Robert Rodriguez in talks to direct, Fox’s film looks to be in active development.
While Deadpool‘s future may hinge on Reynolds’ involvement, to be honest, I’m not sure it has to. Sure, I think Reynolds is an excellent actor who is great for the role. I would even go so far as to say that I hope he is Deadpool. However, it’s not as if audiences had a chance to really become attached to him and his katana-arms/sewn mouth during X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In short, Ryan Reynolds is not to Deadpool as Robert Downey Jr. is to Iron Man. Again, I am a fan of Reynolds’ work and think he would be a nice fit. I just don’t think the film’s existence has to live or die with him.
Now that I’ve stated my peace on the Reynolds/Deadpool debate, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Is he indispensable? Is there another actor you’d like to see in the role? Sound off in the comments.