Like any sequel, Deadpool 2 will look to capitalize off the massive success of its predecessor while not being too much of the same. David Leitch, who gained popularity from co-directing John Wick, will look to up the anti by introducing new characters into a franchise that he’s also new to.
While speaking to ScreenRant, Leitch addressed some of the issues that come with bringing in Domino and Cable to the world of Deadpool. Though the first Deadpool movie also introduced and reintroduced the characters of Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus respectively, Domino and Cable are a very different situation. Both characters are more well-known by comic book readers, have been highly anticipated for a long time and will be brought to life by two big names — Josh Brolin famously came out of nowhere to snag the role of Cable and FX’s Atlanta standout Zazie Beetz will be portraying Domino.
For Domino, the problem comes in the form of displaying the character’s power on screen. Domino has the ability to alter probability to make herself extremely lucky — not exactly your classic heat vision or super strength. Leitch is, of course, attacking this problem from the approach of choreography. A stuntman himself, his work on John Wick and the upcoming Atomic Blonde are heavily influenced by efficient stunt work/choreography. This will be no different, albeit a bit more tricky.
“(Laughs) We’re excited to play with that idea in choreography. I’m not going to give you how it’s all going to play out. As a choreographer, having a character with her abilities is really a trick,” he said. “I think at first it seems like a problem. Like oh my god, how dod you demonstrate luck?And then you just see it like, oh, this is the coolest opportunity ever, so we’re really excited and we’re creating really great stuff for her character.”
Then comes the issue of Cable — the futuristic son of Cyclops (that’s the extremely abbreviated version). With this character, the issue comes more in the form of writing. Cable’s presence relies on other X-Men characters who haven’t yet been introduced in Deadpool’s unclear timeline. Unlike Negasonic or Colossus who had no backstories explained in the first Deadpool, it would be difficult to introduce Cable in the same casual approach. From what it sounds like, Leitch will be cherry-picking certain aspects of the origin while saving some for down the road.
“Look, I think besides all of the Deadpool, sort of the film universe Deadpool, you kind of have to be selective of like how you approach these characters because there’s a canon of work that’s so massive that you could never put it all on screen,” he said. “So we’ve been really particular what we’re going to put in and what we’re going to leave for potential future if it goes that way and, uh, I think you’ll like it. It’s all in the spirit of canon, and also in the spirit of like what Deadpool the movie is.”
Seeing as an X-Force movie is currently in the works for 20th Century Fox, that could give Deadpool some wiggle room by leaving Cable and Domino’s origins for that film as too keep Deadpool focused on mainly on Wade Wilson.
Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers/Cable, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapicic as Piotr Rasputin/Colossus, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Shioli Kutsuna, Julian Dennison and Jack Kesy as the film’s villain
Deadpool 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 1, 2018.