With rumors still running strong that sequels for the upcoming Green Lantern may start shooting back-to-back next year, fans quickly realized that such a scenario may put a damper on the other highly-anticipated project that star Ryan Reynolds has lined-up in Deadpool. In fact, if this is indeed how things play out, then Reynolds may be monopolized with Green Lantern Corps business up until late 2012 -- an eternity in movie land, especially considering how rabid the Deadpool fan base has become. Case in point, the Merc with a Mouth's biggest proponent in his creator Rob Liefeld has been tweeting like a madman as of late, expressing his displeasure with his brainchild's current dilemma.
Is the Deadpool movie really in this much trouble already?
Reacting to the idea of Ryan Reynolds being immediately whisked back to the drawing board for two more Green Lantern films, Liefeld has unleashed a barrage of tweets (did I really just type that?) which skewer the situation, placing the ball firmly in Fox's court. From his perspective, Deadpool is mainly theirs to lose:
"Warner Bros. just trying to protect their investment. They don't want Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool AND Green Lantern. Interesting 2 watch"
"Ryan Reynolds is the new Will Smith, if FOX can't maximize this window of opportunity with this star, this character, that script=MASSV FAIL"
"Bottom line about Deadpool film is that if FOX doesn't pull the DP film together with Ryan Reynolds between GL films-they should Hari Kari"
While we're still waiting for the rumor about two sequels to pan out, what is certain, is that Green Lantern 2 has been fast-tracked with writer Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) tapped to pen the script. With or without part 3 in queue, the second film is most definitely happening. Interference of some kind with Deadpool will be a likelihood, regardless.
This situation may be a sign of things to come as the current phase of comic book movies hits its boiling point. Dilatory posturing, sneaky tent-polling, and star-stealing. Sure, as some already speculate, the shark will at some point be jumped on the genre and it will go back into dormancy. However, right now, it's an ultra-competitive environment as Hollywood reaches a new level of fanaticism over comic properties that just ten years ago would seem laughable. "The business" has undoubtedly reared its ugly head.
Therefore, it's certainly not a matter of Reynolds being able to do both Green Lantern and Deadpool, so much as it's about the studios' willingness to let it happen. After a sort of odd turn last year in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds has still expressed genuine enthusiasm to reprise the character of Deadpool and even dropped some comic book knowledge in certain ideas for the potential film. However, it may come down to how badly Fox wants to keep him. Do they strike while the comic book movie iron is hot, going with someone else for the role? Or do they wait for Reynolds? It's a calculated gamble that could have them either loose a growing box-office draw in Reynolds or experience costly delays which would possibly let potential big-name directors like the recently-rumored Robert Rodriguez slip through their fingers.
What's your prognosis on the Deadpool movie? Can it survive Warner's Green Lantern onslaught?
Source: Twitter (via ComicBookMovie)