Can you believe that Deadpool released in February of this year? Given that a lot has happened in our world it feels like a lifetime away (RIP Harambe). Deadpool broke box office records and a sequel was guaranteed. Of course making movies isn’t as easy as 1,2,3.
Before I dive into the recently hired Director for Deadpool 2, let’s take a quick look at Tim Miller’s departure and the reasons behind it were what direction should Deadpool take for his anticipated sequel. I love that Ryan Reynolds had such passion for this character and the film itself but he is only one part of a production. You know that and I know that but I’ve noticed that most of the praise for Deadpool’s success goes to Reynolds. I understand that he is the star that is being paid big money, but really Tim Miller deserves more credit.
Deadpool’s success wasn’t because it was rated R (that could have hurt it’s box office power), audiences loved Deadpool because of Reynold’s performance and because it was a good film. It wasn’t just gratuitous violence and toilet humor, but genuine heart and made audiences fall in love with the crazy not only Deadpool but Wade Wilson himself. The technical aspects of using a limited budget to spread out your action sequences so audiences enjoy that intense violence without being bored of it by the 1st hour, the pacing was near perfect and much to my own personal satisfaction it didn’t rely on the fourth wall breaking to much. So yes losing Tim Miller is a loss as of right now.
However in a quick turnaround Deadpool 2 wasn’t without a captain for long as John Wick director David Leitch has signed on. Now outside of John Wick I’m not familiar with Leitch’s work, but I can say that John Wick is one of the best pure action movies of recent memory. It was an old school action movie that looked and sounded amazing. If the writer of Deadpool, Reynolds, and David Leitch can find some cohesion then Deadpool 2 has the potential to be a bigger success than the first. What are your thoughts of Tim Miller leaving and David Leitch arriving? Let me know in the comments below!