There's a shortage of R-rated comic book film characters in this world, which means fans only have so many crossovers for which to hope and dream. The one they've been pushing for most is that fellow mutants Deadpool and Wolverine would have a chance to share the screen, and no one wants this more than Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds has been cajoling Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman for months during his publicity for Deadpool 2 to return to the role and join Deadpool in a film. At the film premiere for Deadpool 2, Reynolds put the onus back on Jackman to make this mashup a reality.
Speaking to Variety on the red carpet, Reynolds told the reporter that it's "a long-standing dream" of his to join with Jackman in a crossover film but that, "...sadly it's Hugh Jackman that's the skin-covered speedbump on the road to that sort of happiness. We'll see. You know, he hung it up, so we'll see."
Leave it to Ryan Reynolds to give such a graphic and taunting message to Jackman. Though Jackman recently responded to Reynolds directly while on Good Morning America, teasing that Reynolds should play hard to get more. Then again, he may be trying to avoid being too confrontational, as he's made it very clear he's done playing the role of Wolverine. Starring in 2017's Logan, Jackman was able to give the character of Wolverine a rather definitive and heroic ending. Though, in the worlds of superheroes, death certainly doesn't need to be final.
We'll see if Jackman decides to respond to being called a "flesh-covered speedbump," especially after Deadpool 2's estimated $150 million opening weekend. Then again, Reynolds may be fighting a losing battle.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 features Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, 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 and Julian Dennison as Russell. The film hits theaters on May 18.