The director of the upcoming Deadpool sequel ‘Deadpool 2’, has reportedly dropped out of the project following creative differences with lead actor Ryan Reynolds. Tim Miller, who directed Marvel’s controversial 2016 anti-superhero movie, had previously spoken about his close relationship with Reynolds.
The duo’s shared vision of creating a NSFW parody of modern superhero movies, is said to have been one of the driving forces behind the first films incredible success. Deadpool was made on a tight budget of $58 million (which is about 1/5 of the budget of Batman Vs Superman), and went on to take around $782 million at the box office. Cash aside, Deadpool was hailed by critics as one of the best superhero movies to ever grace the big screen.
Due to the complete over saturation of the genre in recent years, nobody could quite work out what made Deadpool so special. Many suggested that one of the key aspects of Deadpool’s success was how involved actor Ryan Reynolds (who also co-produced the movie) was in the development of the lead character. Reynolds seemed to completely embody the spirit of the character both on and off screen, and this led to one of the most perfect marketing campaigns in recent history.
The departure of Tim Miller comes as tragic news to many of the franchise’s dedicated fan base, who will no doubt wonder if the sequel can possibly live up to its predecessor. It has been reported that one of the reasons for Miller’s exit, centers around the amount of creative control being given to Reynolds, whose influence is said to have grown exponentially.
As it stands, there is currently no official title or release date for Deadpool 2.
In a recent interview, producer Simon Kinberg stated: “I think Deadpool 2 will comment on anything that’s happening in movies today especially in superhero movies. The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we’ll play around with.”