After the monstrous, and slightly unexpected, success of Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds in 2016, everyone pretty much assumed that it was a given that the man that made the magic happen behind the camera, director Tim Miller, would be back to helm Deadpool 2.
That didn’t happen.
Miller and Reynolds ended up butting heads about which direction they wanted the sequel to go and the star of the show ended up getting his wish, while Miller headed for the exit and was replaced with John Wick director David Leitch.
This week, with his new film Terminator: Dark Fate hitting theaters, Miller spoke to The Playlist about which way he would have gone if he had stuck around to direct Deadpool 2. And it would have been a different film from we ended up getting from Reynolds and Leitch.
Miller stated that Deadpool’s relationship with Rusty was in there from the beginning and always the heart of the film, he wanted “a [comic accurate] Cable who was 6 feet, 7 inches” tall, and that he’d “cracked the secret to the Vanessa storyline.” Apparently Vanessa had a far richer character arc than what was presented in the final cut of the film seeing her transformation into the iconic character Copycat and a deeper exploration of the love story between herself and Wade.
Miller said he “fought hard” to keep the Vanessa story in the film, pleading with studio execs at 20th Century Fox right up until he ultimately ended up departing the film.
He also dropped another juicy nugget in the fact that the studio had given him approval to have The Thing from The Fantastic Four in the movie. In the film, The Thing would have been the one fighting Juggernaut instead of Colossus in a scene that surely would have shocked and very much pleased Deadpool 2 viewers.
Early concept designs for Deadpool 2 by illustrator Alexander Lozano previously revealed that perhaps all four of the most recent Fantastic Four stars Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell, along with Marvel character Blaquesmith, may have made the final cut had Miller stayed as director of the movie.