Now that fans have seen just how closely Josh Brolin's Cable will reflect his Marvel Comics counterpart on a visual level (answer: super-closely!), the question many fans may be wondering is whether the character's interpersonal relationship with Wade Wilson will also survive the transition from page to screen. Well, according to Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, there's nothing to worry about -- the 'Pool and Cable we see in theaters will feature the same sort of chemistry the pair have developed over the years as comic book contemporaries.
In a one-on-one discussion with CBR, Leitch explained that fans should look to Marvel's Cable and Deadpool comic for a taste of how Ryan Reynolds and Brolin will depict their frenemy-style relationship. The director also opened up about the way he plans to continue breaking the rules in the highly-anticipated sequel, and the unique approach he has to take to filming Wade Wilson's fight sequences.
CBR: Did the success of the first Deadpool allow you to push the boundaries even further in the sequel?
David Leitch: The success of the first film has given us license to explore opening up the world and actually being more provocative. That’s what people are going to expect. They did such an incredible job with the first film -- I’m such a huge fan, that it’s exciting to get to play in that sandbox. The fun thing about Deadpool is, there are no rules. Look at the comic book series. There aren’t any rules. We break them! That’s what is fun.
What is it about Cable that makes him such a good foil for Deadpool?
Cable has a really interesting and complex backstory. Obviously, no film could ever encapsulate the entire backstory, so I think we’ll find the first introduction is about who this character is. When you look at the Cable and Deadpool comic book series, you see how there is banter between them. Whether they are on opposite sides or not, they are definitely formidable to each other. One is frustrating to the other. The chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin is amazing. It’s not unlike what you see in the Cable and Deadpool series.
How would you compare Deadpool’s fighting style to other action stars?
Deadpool has his own sensibility. He obviously has his own lack of regard for his safety, basically because he can. I would say even the way he’s been portrayed in the Deadpool Universe on film -- the one Ryan [Reynolds] and the team created -- it’s more about his disregard for the rules that makes his action fun.
Directed by David Leitch (John Wick), Deadpool 2 is filming in Vancouver, British Columbia. Premiering June 1, 2018, the sequel will see the return of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, Julian Dennison in an unknown role, and Jack Kesy as a villain widely thought to be Black Tom Cassidy.