Sorry, Tim Miller. As it turns out, there’s no loyalty among comic book fans.
With the director of the first Deadpool movie out of the picture, thanks in no small part to creative differences with the breakout star of Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place, Ryan Reynolds, fans have taken no time at all to rally around an alternative director for the project.
The top pick, according to one group of fans, is Quentin Tarantino, master of the witty, self-referential R-rated movie.
This fan petition must come as something of a shock to Tim Miller, who has no doubt suddenly realized how little credit fans are willing to give him for the success of Deadpool the first.
It’s also a shock to Quentin Tarantino, who’s shown no interest in the movie, and who figured these events were none of his business.
Too bad, Quentin. You’ve officially been typecast as Hollywood’s go-to choice for violent comedies, whether you like it or not.
Let’s run through a few reasons why a Tarantino Deadpool movie would be a bad idea:
Firstly, it would mean denying the world an original concept Tarantino film. Quentin’s been very clear that he only has ten movies in him before he’ll retire, and he’s surely in no rush to fill up one of his rare directing slots with a sequel superhero flick.
Secondly, let’s face it—the once fantastic Quentin just ain’t what he used to be.
There’s no shame in having a body of work that suffers from a gradual deterioration of quality over time, especially when your high points have been quite as culturally impactful as Tarantino’s. His later movies haven’t exactly measured up with his earlier successes, though, all of which would likely make for a pretty underwhelming Deadpool 2.
Thirdly, there’s the issue of studio involvement.
From what we’ve seen coming out of Twentieth Century Fox these days, it’s almost impossible for the studio to make a decent movie if corporate executives are paying any attention to the project.
Deadpool succeeded because Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds were left to their own devices and mostly ignored by Fox. This lack of supervision definitely shows, and is a large part of why audiences like the final movie so much.
Tarantino has famously not played nice with studios, so there’s no chance Fox would let the acclaimed director make the movie he’d want to.
(The movie he wants to make, by the way, isn’t Deadpool 2. See the above first point on this list for clarification.)
Finally, there’s the danger of creative differences with Ryan Reynolds.
If the poor interns at Fox thought the bickering between Reynolds and Miller was bad, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Ryan Reynolds is an acquired taste, to say the least.
Some people love him, and that’s completely understandable.
Others find him incredibly annoying and think his sense of humor is dumb to the extreme.
As it turns out, one movie with Reynolds was all Tim Miller could handle before the actor’s personality began to grate right down to the bone.
The explosive cinematic warfare between Tarantino and Reynolds would be legendary. The pair would level street blocks in all-out, no holds barred arguments over what color Cable’s pants should be, and whether fart jokes are appropriate in a serious scene.
On second thoughts, a Tarantino-led Deadpool 2 would be incredible. It’d be the kind of beautiful mess that only comes along once in a few decades, when a movie’s lead actor and director hate each other so passionately that the sexual tension is palpable.
Meanwhile, Tim Miller is desperately trying to book Uma Thurman for a role in his next movie, just to spite everyone.