Deadpool wouldn’t be the same movie without director Tim Miller. It was his impressive and amazing experience in visual effects as well as a skilled eye for action that allowed the R-rated blockbuster to look so impressive while operating with a fraction of the typical superhero movie budget. Because he’s not coming back for Deadpool 2, there exists the opportunity to radically change the definition of what a Deadpool movie is… but as I recently learned from director David Leitch, that’s definitely not part of the game plan. He explained,
I think you have to pay homage to this movie that’s so beloved. Everybody is anticipating it. And I think we have to find a way to make it distinctly our own, and we’re doing that. The DNA of Deadpool shouldn’t change. He’s such a lovable character, we’re going to carry that through.
David Leitch told me about this approach to the style of Deadpool 2 when I talked with him earlier today on a press line at CinemaCon — the annual convention for theater owners held in Las Vegas — where he was promoting his new movie, Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron. Recognizing the contribution made by Tim Miller to the 2016 film, I asked the director to what extent his style would branch off from Deadpool, and he noted that a part of the gig is recognizing what people loved while also adding his own unique touches.
As we’ve seen many, many times before, one of the worst things a sequel can do is just try to ape exactly what came before it — but David Leitch certainly seems to have the right approach in mind with the project. In the same way that the story really shouldn’t scale up just because there’s an opportunity to have a bigger budget, the film also really shouldn’t go too far in changing the way the titular anti-hero fights and the world he lives in. That being said, the fact that the film is introducing new and impressively complex characters in Cable and Domino means that Leitch will certainly have the opportunity to put his own stamp on important elements within the universe as well.
Of course, given David Leitch’s past work, his special contributions are a big part of what gets us excited for Deadpool 2 and his team-up with star Ryan Reynolds and writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Not only did he co-direct one of the best action movies in recent memory with John Wick, but his upcoming film Atomic Blonde has already earned incredible buzz and looks completely amazing: