Most actors have a few duds on their CVs , its inevitable, for various reasons be it the script they signed on for went through numerous changes by the time it gets to the screen or they were contractually obliged to take the role for another reason.
In the sub-genre of comic book films no one seems to have more duds on their CV than Ryan Reynolds, however when you look at his CV in general its filled with many unremarkable films. The 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror or comedies like Waiting… or Just Friends, both also released in 2005, to name a few. But it is with comic book films that he has truly excelled in picking dud films.
2004 gave us Blade: Trinity, which following hot on the heels of 2002’s Blade 2 must have looked like a sure fire hit after it had made $82 million worldwide, the third is unloved by pretty much everyone. Personally it’s a mess, tonally it switches between horror and comedy in the same scene leaving the film uneven and Blade is reduced to a supporting character in his own film. Whilst Reynolds equips himself admirably with the action, the blasé attitude his character exhibits has been done hundreds of times before.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine followed in 2009, a film that so poorly handled Deadpool and the majority of the other characters in the film that it killed Fox’s planned X-Men Origins: Magneto film. Luckily we got X-Men: First Class out of the ashes of that debacle so in the end the audience won. But not before we were treated to a bastardised muted interpretation of Deadpool, referred to as Weapon XI, that in the final act wasn’t even played by Reynolds.
In 2011 we got Green Lantern with its CGI suit and well CGI everything else. A film so poorly received that even though it made $116 million its director Martin Campbell hasn’t directed a feature film since, this is a man who gave us two of the best modern day Bonds, GoldenEye and Casino Royale but his career has been reduced to TV work, and sadly not even high quality TV material. Whilst any proposed Green Lantern sequel was canned with the next time we see the Green Lantern it wont be a solo feature and it wont be until 2020 when he’s part of the Green Lantern Corps.
Keeping up the trend of a crap comic book movie every couple of years saw Reynolds starring in R.I.P.D. with Jeff Bridges as two after-life Police officers, so basically its Men In Black with ghosts instead of aliens. Everybody seems to be having a great time, especially Bridges as a Wild West Lawman but the plot concerning the end of the world or something is just nonsense. By the end your brain has given up, packed its bags and said ‘screw this’. Which is exactly the same as the films audience, on a budget of $130 million, the film made back a paltry $33.5 million at the US box-office.
So where does that leave Deadpool? Following the ‘leak’ of some test footage that had been shot to try to convince the studio to produce an actual feature proved so popular with the public that Fox green-lit a full feature. Hopes are high for the film which will have an R rating, in North America, though its rating in the UK is still unconfirmed and could be anything from a 15 to an 18 certificate. Following the release of the trailer, which although light on swearing, featured numerous amounts of blood letting and gun play along with the appearance of Colossus and the awesomely named Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Following the debacle of the characters handling in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it is certainly hoped that the now altered timeline, following the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, will provide us with a Deadpool worthy of the name. Even if we are to get a Rob Liefeld cameo in the process.