He’s the weird, filthy and funny outcast of the Marvel universe and now Deadpool could be getting even more colourful as Ryan Reynolds says he wants his character to explore more of his sexuality.
Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, 41-year-old Reynolds said he’d “love” to bring more sexual diversity to the screen.
“The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do.”
Without confirming any details, Reynolds added: “It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe.”
Deadpool 2was notable for being the first superhero movie to show an LGBTQ relationship (his X-men sidekicks Teenage Negasonic Warhead and Yukio) on screen.
While it was great to see this diversity on screen, to be totally honest Warhead and Yukio were very minor characters and they were pretty much inconsequential to the plot.
So there’s loads more room for Deadpool 3, and all superhero films for that matter, to explore different sexualities on screen.
Back in 2015, Deadpool director Tim Miller confirmed the anti-hero character is pansexual. “Pansexual. I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool,” he said in an interview at the time.
This whole issue of sexual diversity in film has been raging recently, especially with the announcement that Dumbledore’s sexuality wouldn’t be explicitely shown in the new Fantastic Beasts film. And there was a similar reaction when it was revealed Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian was pansexual, even though we haven’t seen any evidence of this.
You see, it takes more than just saying as an afterthough: “Oh yeah… this character’s gay. But don’t expect to see anything to actually back this up.”
Filmmakers need to show queer characters in queer relationships and doing queer things. Also, make sure you employ gay, bisexual and trans actors – including ‘feminine’ boys and ‘masculine’ girls.
Seeing this sort of positive diversity in mainstream films means so much to little queer kids. And surely telling inspiring stories is what superhero films are all about.
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