Today’s announcement out of The Hollywood Reporter, confirming what most already knew or at least assumed, tells us Fox is putting into development a spin-off feature based on the Deadpool character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The character was primarily played by Ryan Reynolds early in the film as Wade Wilson and then later on by Scott Adkins when the character was referred to as Weapon XI.
For now the film is titled Deadpool with Reynolds attached to star as the wise-cracking mercenary, which Borys Kit at THR reports was something of a deviation in Wolverine when the character was seen with his mouth sewn shut and he was imbued with several superpowers and called Weapon XI.
Of course, those that saw the Deadpool end-of-credits Easter egg saw the decapitated character’s eyes open with his mouth no longer sewn shut as he gives the audience a hushed “Shhhhhh.” Kit confirms the character won’t be mute and will regain the ability to mouth off, with the movie going back to the roots of the character known for his slapstick tone and propensity to break the fourth wall.
Personally I thought Reynolds as Wade Wilson was one of the best parts of Wolverine and was drastically underused, which makes this project one I am interested in seeing. I like Reynolds and hope Fox manages to get a good script and director to turn this into something worthwhile and not just a crap spin-off like Elektra turned out to be.