Reynolds, Jackman Talk “Deadpool” Future

Ryan Reynolds may have shot down those reports of a Deadpool cameo during James Mangold’s “Logan” film, but that doesn’t mean the actor doesn’t want to see the Merc with a Mouth and the hairy mutant with flowing hair come together on screen.

In an extensive interview with Variety about his role in last year’s big superhero success story, Reynolds says he would like to continue playing the character for years to come: “I would love to play Deadpool for as long as they would let me play Deadpool. We have outlines and stories for a number of different films.”

That includes a Deadpool and Wolverine team up film, an idea that comes as a surprise to Hugh Jackman who has previously stated “Logan” is his last time playing the character: “I’m hesitating… because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong.”

Reynolds is aware of Jackman’s previous statements saying: “I have no idea if I can change his mind. It’s the audience: I would exclusively exploit that relationship to get Hugh back for another one.”

The topic of Deadpool’s sexuality also came up. The Merc is Marvel’s first pansexual superhero, one who flirts with men and women, and Reynolds isn’t counting out a boyfriend in future installments: “What love is to Deadpool may not be what love is to Batman or someone else. I think that could be played up more. He’s an outsider in every way, shape, and form.”

Hollywood, and superhero films in particular, remain nervous about introducing same-sex couplings over fear of alienating audiences in countries less tolerant of gay rights. Reynolds has a response to that: “That’s not really a problem for us, because we were banned in China. We were rated ‘f— you!’ in China.”

The last film left Deadpool happily in love with his girlfriend Vanessa (played by Morena Baccarin) though and Reynolds says ultimately it has to be faithful to canon: “The only thing that you have to consider going forward is, ‘Are we being faithful to the canon that we nurtured and created?’. One of those things is that Deadpool is in love with Vanessa. Deadpool isn’t in love with Vanessa just because she’s a woman. He’s in love with Vanessa because he loves her.”

Screenwriter Rhett Reese adds: “Most comic book heroes have been heterosexual or homosexual. We find that (Deadpool’s pansexuality) interesting and groundbreaking. I hope it can evolve into something a little more.”

“Deadpool 2” is set to go into production this year for a 2018 release.