Ryan Reynolds is hoping that his character Deadpool will have the opportunity to explore his sexuality. On Saturday, at San Diego Comic-Con, Reynolds was on a panel when a fan asked about representation in the film series, specifically regarding gay and bi characters, according to.
“The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do. It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe because it’s something that we’re building out more,” Reynolds said in response.
This would be really cool for a couple reasons: Reynolds is a cutie, so score. Plus, Deadpool is a popular superhero film for straight men so it would be interesting and cool to carve out representation in a franchise like that.
On the other hand though, and this isn’t a dig at Reynolds himself, he mentions that Deadpool can do things that other movies can’t. If you’ve never seen a Deadpool movie, Reynolds is referring to the numerous fourth wall breaks. In the films, they reach a pretty high level of absurdity, and that makes Deadpool feel like an odd place for the sole superhero movie LGBT representation. It’s great that Deadpool is trying new things with superhero cinematic storytelling, but is queer representation so absurd and outlandish that it only belongs in surrealist films? Because that’s not great.
Overall, though this would be cool, I’m a bit of a skeptic that the Deadpool producers would want to do anything to risk what Jenny Nicholson has called their manchise (man franchise).
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