In an interview with Empire, Ryan Reynolds has spoken rather frankly about working on the Green Lantern movie, his thoughts on the troubled Justice League flick and Deadpool.
Whilst Green Lantern definitely wasn’t my favourite of the recent bout of comic book movies, I did enjoy bits of it and I felt underneath the special effects and dodgy dialogue there was a decent film, it just felt badly paced and completely scattershot. When asked by Empire if he had been approached about a Justice League film, Reynolds had this to say:
Not yet. I don’t know. If you’re gonna do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right. I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do. It’s just that… working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly – that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.
In the interview he also mentions the difficulties in getting the Deadpool movie moving due to their reluctance to release it at anything less than R-Rated, which in my opinion is a great thing, we want darker superhero films, especially with characters like Deadpool.
I love that kind of stuff. I loved doing Wolverine ’cause the movie wasn’t on my shoulders. I got to kind of come in and insult everybody. It was a lot of fun actually. I love Deadpool and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, so…
I really recommend checking out the transcript here if you have the time, in fact, go check it even if you don’t. He has some great comments about underrated, nail remover and edge of seat wearer downer (yes, i’m claiming that as a word), ‘Buried’, which remains one of my favourite films and is all the better if you avoid trailers/spoilers.
Regarding the Justice League, as it stands i’m finding it hard to get excited about it. Sure, Man of Steel looks suitably epic but there’s been no confirmation yet that it will tie in with Justice League. There’s also a lot of questions surrounding the Batman franchise and I find it hard to get excited about Wonder Woman (get your minds out of the gutter). Marvel spent a long time building up to The Avengers and breathed new life into a withering genre, they also managed to pull out some stellar casting. If it ever does emerge, Justice League is going to have a lot to live up to.