You and I, we’re not at Sundance. Instead, we get to read reviews and reports about the amazing films that will one-day work their way to our local art-house theater or multiplex, and we get to see pictures of bundled up celebrities shivering outside while they talk up those projects and, occasionally, bigger comic book movies that are on the horizon.
Earlier, we reported on MTV’s interview with Margot Robbie, and this time they got Ryan Reynolds in their crosshairs while talking about Mississippi Grind (the film he’s promoting at Sundance). Unsurprisingly, the conversation jumped to Deadpool and the size of the budget, with Reynolds joking that his red and black flannel jacket was actually Wade Wilson’s costume.
“It’s been a long time, but it’s happened in the right way and that’s all that matters,” Reynolds said. “We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make.”
Now, that may sound like a very a political answer. And after more than a decade attached to a project that inexplicably found itself trapped in purgatory before test footage was leaked, it would be hard to blame Reynolds for playing nice, but the idea that every comic book movie needs to cost $200 million doesn’t just limit the number of releases, it makes it harder for studios to take risks on obscure or more adult material.
If Reynolds honestly doesn’t feel stifled by the lack of a CGI falling helicarrier or all the spectacle that made The Green Lantern feel hollow, and if Deadpool can be an economical hit, then other studios might dig a little deeper to find their next comic book movie franchise and that could be a very good thing for fans and the genre.
As for those leaked videos, Reynolds denied involvement due to the threat of ass-burrowing FOX lawyers, but based on the end result, it’s clear why he wishes that he would have let fans in on what was apparently the best kept secret in Hollywood for a decade.