Mostly ignored in the first film, it looks like the upcoming sequel to “Deadpool” could incorporate a clearer nod to the comedic character’s pansexuality.
Variety has spoken with both writer Rhett Reese and actor Ryan Reynolds who indicate that they are open to exploring the character’s flexible sexuality – a well-known element of the character in the comics – in the sequels.
Asked about the possibility of the character getting an onscreen male love interest or fling, Reynolds says: “I love that about Deadpool. I love that he can break any boundary. In the future, I hope we get to do that more. I certainly wouldn’t be the guy standing in the way of that. That would be great.”
In the first film a few references are made to it, from several amusing moments in a sex montage to a joke at a certain clawed mutant’s expense, but otherwise it essentially shows the hero in a monogamous relationship with Morena Baccarin’s character.
Speaking about the character’s sexuality, Reese says: “We knew that was part of the comics. 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 trade does go on to say that doing so would still be a risk even in this day and age, Hollywood blockbusters remain very recalcitrant to anchor larger budget films around queer characters – something that has continued in recent years thanks to the rising importance of international box-office in some markets where attitudes are less tolerant of homosexuality.