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In May of 2017, FX made an announcement that Deadpool would be joining their network in an animated TV series.
Given how, as the kids would say, on point Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of the Merc With A Mouth has been in the live-action X-Men Movie Universe that the animated version would be portrayed in the same manner, maybe even with Reynolds on board to lend his sultry voice.
However, according to FX head John Landgraf, that will not be the case, as, during the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour, Landgraf revealed that the cartoon version of Deadpool would be significantly different to the cinematic version.
Landgraf explained saying;
“Deadpool will be really different from the movies.
It has a different tone and editorial voice.
[We] wanted to make something distinctly different from the movies.”
Seems equal parts risky and sensible on FX‘s behalf, because whilst Ryan Reynolds has done wonders for Deadpool’s popularity over the past few years, that isn’t to say that that style of performance would work well in an animated capacity – just look at Deadpool’s appearance in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, he was quite reserved in comparison, and, dare I say it, kid-friendly!
And one of the people spearheading the series is Donald Glover, who, along with his brother Stephen, is serving as writer and executive producer on the series. Donald Glover has been making a name for himself with appearances in Atlanta, a small role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as being Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo solo spin-off movie, and the voice of Simba in the live-action Lion King adaptation. Plus, he’s got a fairly good music career under the stage name of Childish Gambino.
The series is currently slated for a 10-episode first season, with the as yet untitled Deadpool series being the second collaboration between Fox and Marvel Television (the first was 2016’s Legion, which I reviewed way back when). So, with any luck, this may mark the beginning of bigger and ultimately better things between the two studios, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see a Marvel Studios produced version of the X-Men? Or the Fantastic Four?
Aside from this venture and the aforementioned Ultimate Spider-Man appearances, Deadpool has been popping up in animated series for nearly as long as he’s been around, with cameos in Hulk Vs Wolverine, and the 1990s X-Men animated series, the seminal adaptation of those Uncanny mutants.
There’s currently no release date attached to the FX Deadpool project, nor is there a confirmed cast list, but here’s hoping that is they can’t bag Reynolds, then they’ll pull out all the stops to get Nolan North on board, because that man is Deadpool…in an animated capacity, of course. I love you, Ryan.