SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Deadpool 2, in theaters now.
It may have been one of Deadpool 2's best jokes, but Ryan Reynolds tells angry DC fans that he didn't write the movie's big Martha moment.
Continuing the tongue-in-cheek vibe and fourth-wall-breaking of Tim Miller's 2016 movie, David Leitch took over directorial duties for Deadpool 2 as Reynolds returned to play Wade Wilson. As well as portraying the Merc With a Mouth, the movie's lead also shares a writing credit with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, however, he won't take credit for the jibe at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
As well as saying that Josh Brolin's Cable was "so dark" he could be from the DC universe, Deadpool 2 was unrelenting with its many burns aimed at the superhero movie genre. Speaking to The Empire Film Podcast, Reynolds told listeners, “I didn’t write that joke, I’ll say that one. That’s one joke I didn’t write.” In response to anyone who didn't enjoy the nod to Zack Snyder's movie, Reynolds responded with, “By the time they’re listening to this, I’m probably already dead.”
As for taking a pop at Batman v Superman, Reynolds also said that he doesn't see the problem with the joke. “The ‘Martha’ gag, it’s a perfectly Deadpool moment. I think Deadpool is willing to break a few eggs to make that omelette.” The script certainly wasn't afraid to tackle material that was close to the bone, with Deadpool 2's original post-credit scene supposedly having the anti-hero kill baby Hitler through time travel.
For those who don't remember, the Martha moment from BvS saw Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne sharing a bonding moment with Henry Cavill's Superman when they both realized their mothers were called Martha. The scene became a controversial plot device that saw the two warring heroes join forces and became a piece of the movie that many laughed at. Heading to Deadpool 2, Wilson cooked up a story of why he was late to his partner, poking fun at the DC Extended Universe with the line, “I was fighting a caped badass, but then we discovered his mom is named Martha, too.”
Deadpool 2 mocked everything from James Mangold's Logan to Basic Instinct, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and even Green Lantern. While Warner Bros. took the Lantern joke in its stride and even asked for its ring back, fans of DC were less impressed with the Matha joke. For anyone still a little sore at the Martha joke, Reynolds reminds them to aim their anger towards Reese and Wernick.
In theaters now, director David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell and Josh Brolin as Cable.