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Does the Deadpool trailer portend an absolution of Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern sins?

August 5, 2015

I can’t say that I’ve ever been much of a fan of Deadpool, a character fallen from the poisonous Rob Liefeld X-tree. And I can’t say that I’ve ever been much of a fan of Ryan Reynolds, whose mystifying appeal has baffled since his Van Wilder days. It’s not often that an actor can be part of not one but two botched superhero comic book movies, but his turns in the widely panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern managed to do just that. (We’re all offering up prayers that Affleck doesn’t follow in these footsteps.) So the upcoming Deadpool film is a potential collision course of suck.

But they say America is the land of second chances, and Hollywood is in America, so Reynolds being back to reprise his Deadpool role, in an eponymous vehicle that he’s basically willed into existence with that baffling clout of his, is acceptable — if confounding. (I mean, have these people seen R.I.P.D.? Wait, that’s right, no one has.) My apathy is still palpable — again, I’ve never been much for the often lame-o, douche-chill wisecracks of Wade Wilson — though there’s certainly enough blood-splatter on display in the above trailer to go around. And the new Colossus looks like Colossus. But the “please don’t make the supersuit green — or animated!” jab is a bit too meta. We don’t need to be reminded of that, Wade.

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