Speaking to Yahoo UK about the undercurrent of excitement that has buoyed the long-mooted Deadpool movie out of development hell and into all of our futures, the Man Behind The Merc With A Mouth, Ryan Reynolds was quick to flag up the big difference between this and his last high profile superhero outing, Green Lantern.
“Well, script. When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script, because the script didn’t exist.
“I’m not complaining about it — it was an opportunity of a lifetime, and if I were to go back and retrace my steps, I would probably do everything the exact same way. But script, that’s what’s different on this one.
“We’ve had a [Deadpool] script for three years. The script got leaked, and people even loved that. That says a lot — if you can create a script around a comic-book character that is directly within the canon of the character and be embraced. That’s a huge step in the right direction.
“I’ve since learned that a lot of superhero movies don’t really have a fully functioning draft of the screenplay ready until they’re already well into shooting.”
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