Deadpool Spin-Off On Its Way

Ryan Reynolds gets his own movie?

Well, yesterday we heard that Wolverine will be travelling to Japan, and hot on his heels today we hear that Deadpool is getting his own spin-off movie following the opening weekend success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and with Empire's beloved Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the Merc' with the Mouth.

This news is something that's been talked up as a possibility ever since Reynolds was cast in the first X-spinoff (and indeed even before that), and the $85 million opening weekend just proved that the demand may be there for a Deadpool movie.


Now some of you who have seen Wolverin**e* may have spotted a flaw in this plan. Yes, there's that bit at the end when Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, played by Reynolds, has been imbued with a whole heap of mutant powers, disfigured, had his mouth sewn up and then gets beheaded. Surely, one might wonder, that could be something of a hinderence to a long-running franchise. But don't be silly: this is not only the movies, it's comic-book movies*, and therefore normal rules regarding the finality of death do not apply.

Hence one of those two Easter Egg endings showed Deadpool opening his eyes and not being dead after all. We're also assured that Deadpool will regain his ability to speak (also, presumably, to have a head) so that the whole "Merc with a Mouth" thing will still apply. So this all makes perfect sense.


While the comic-book character of Deadpool is disfigured and wears a mask over his face, expect the studio to Judge Dredd this one and lose the facial covering, the better to allow us to appreciate those fine Reynolds looks. That said, we can apparently expect the movie to go "back to the roots" of the character, who's known for his witticisms and the fact that he knows he's in a comic and often breaks the fourth wall, speaking directly to the audience. We're kinda hoping that "back to the roots" does not mean yet another comic-book origin story, but with the project only just sent out to writers, that's a question yet to be answered.

So, good idea? Bad idea? And do you share our Reynolds love?