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“Deadpool” Director, Screenwriters Discuss Colossus, the Fourth Wall & More

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“Deadpool” Director, Screenwriters Discuss Colossus, the Fourth Wall & More

With “Deadpool’s” release a mere three months away, director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick opened up on the film, discussing Wade Wilson’s place in Fox’s expanded X-Men Universe, if we’ll hear Colossus speak with a Russian accent, why they chose to use Negasonic Teenage Warhead and more.

In an interview with ScreenRant, Miller explained, “When [Colossus] shows up, you see the Blackbird in the background. It’s just a nod to the larger X-Men universe that Deadpool really doesn’t want to be part of. He’s had his chance. I mean, there’s a great line where Colossus says, ‘You could be a superhero’ and he’s like ‘Yeah, I’ve seen my report card and I don’t want to be that guy.’ But I like the fact that he’s deliberately chosen not to be part of that world, but it’s still there.”

“Colossus is going to be great. He’s the manifestation of the rest of that universe,” he added. “Oh yeah, he’s comic book Colossus so he’ll definitely be Russian.”

Speaking with Collider, Reese and Wernick elaborated on Colossus’ role in the film. “Colossus was the one we wanted to fight for because he’s a real goody two-shoes and a real rule follower, and we thought he was a good foil to Deadpool,” Reese shared. “He’s just this sort of square jawed, metaphorically and literally, but he’s also a square and that’s pretty fun to play opposite Deadpool.”

“A lot of the bigger characters are spoken for, so when you go to get someone like Colossus, there are a lot of approvals and it has to fit into the larger X-Men universe and what the X-Men franchise is planning on doing with Colossus and who are you gonna cast and all those issues come in to play,” he continued. “It becomes a little bit of a quagmire sometimes. We did get approval for Colossus. But with Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Tim actually gave us a pre-approved list, he’s like, ‘You can use any of these names’ and we looked down the list and there were names like Bizarre, Tar Baby was a character, like, ‘I don’t think we’ll be using Tar Baby.’ But anyway, on that list it just popped, this name Negasonic Teenage Warhead.”

“It almost didn’t matter what her powers were, we just loved the name so much,” Wernick pitched in.

“And she is so minor that very few people know her, which is actually good for us,” Reese added. “Usually, you have the opposite problem where people know them too well so whenever you do anything even slightly off book everybody jumps down your throat. But with Negasonic, nobody knew who she was anyway so we got to map an entire personality onto her, new powers onto her, kind of anything we wanted which was nice.”

He also elaborated on Miller’s comment that “Deadpool” was connected to the larger X-Universe, saying, “We are part of the X-universe, and that is important. Simon Kinberg is our producer and he kind of minds the store in regards to the X-universe, so we are fitting into the larger timeline, we need to recognize that. I mean, we have things like the Blackbirds in the movie, we reference Professor X in the movie. So Deadpool is very much of that world and I think sooner or later we’ll cross over into that world. I mean, we’re not sure when that would be. Probably, if I’d have to guess, we would do a standalone sequel before he entered the actual ensemble movies, but I think at some point it will cross over and it needs to fit.”

Wernick went on to speak about Deadpool’s relationship with the fourth wall in the film, explaining, “Deadpool obviously breaks that fourth wall in the comics; he breaks it in the movie. This is an origin story, partly an origin story, partly a story in the present of revenge and then redemption. So we do have our fun with the Wolverine movie and how Deadpool was portrayed, and yet we completely disregarded it and done it hopefully better than they did.”

He also added that “Deadpool” may follow superhero film tradition and add a post-credits scene. “There is a post credit thing that if hopefully comes together. It’s gonna be phenomenal.”

“We’re planning it,” Reese said. “It’s one of those ones that’s gonna require some doing, so it may not come together, and if so, I don’t know, we’ll either do a plan be or none at all. I think we should have one. I mean, we really feel like we should have one.”

Directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand and Gina Carano, “Deadpool” is scheduled to open Feb. 12, 2016.

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