12:09pm PT by Aaron Couch
What a Dose of 'John Wick' Could Bring to 'Deadpool 2'
Deadpool fans have been on an emotional rollercoaster — first mourning the breakup of star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller, and now riding high on the possibility that another filmmaker whose work they love will be stepping in.
John Wick's David Leitch is being eyed to direct the second Deadpool film, and the filmmaker met with Reynolds on Thursday to discuss it. The possibility makes a lot of sense — and raises a few questions. Let's get into it.
Wick is a favorite in the fanboy community.
Leitch, who co-directed the first installment. John Wick: Chapter 2, brought down the house at New York Comic Con, with the movie inspiring pandemonium on a scale unmatched by other film projects there. (The first Deadpool trailer inspired the same reaction at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015.) The John Wick team has also helped out with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Leitch and John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski directing second unit scenes for Captain America: Civil War. Stahelski also did some work on Iron Man 2 (but don't hold that against him).
But what about those realistic fights?
In a world where CGI can have a negative connotation and practical effects are all the rage, fans flocked to John Wick for its brutal and realistic fights. But they also flocked to Deadpool, which was totally not that. Deadpool prided itself on its absurd, heightened reality and it looked spectacular embracing just that. It was violent and bloody, but it did not attempt to be grounded in realism as John Wick was.
A VFX reel (above) shows how the famous highway chase scene was created (with a lot of masterful CGI). Deadpool, of course, still had dozens of stunt performers doing death-defying work, but aesthetically, it's very different than Wick, whose star Keanu Reeves has touted gun-fu training (no CGI required). In a wonderful coincidence, there's a cool video of Reeves training for John Wick 2, set to DMX's "X Gon' Give It To Ya," which was used prominently in Deadpool's marketing.
What does this mean for Cable?
The post-credits scene of Deadpool revealed that 90s comic fan-favorite character Cable will be involved in the sequel. Like Deadpool, he's one of a small number of comic book heroes whose primary weapon of choice is the gun. No actor has been set for the character, but it looks like some gun-fu training may be in store. But question: What will Leitch do with Cable's guns (who ... yes, have guns of their own)?