Starting with legendary director Steven Spielberg, there's been a conversation in Hollywood for the last several weeks regarding a perceived growing fatigue for superhero movies. Even 2016's Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder weighed in.
The latest Hollywood personality to throw in his two cents on the matter is Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, who related superhero fatigue to the failure of his Green Lantern film.
“And you look at them now, and I think why a lot of them are working is that Marvel in particular handles those properties really well," Reynolds told GQ. "You know, they really know what they’re doing, and they know how to appeal to a vast audience in a way that also has some real artistic merit, too. Then there’s other people that are just totally fatigued by the superhero genre.”
“It’s a genre. There are good horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good comedies and bad comedies. Think of it like that. Think of it less about just superheroes. I do believe that they explore similar archetypes a lot, so I think that notion can be somewhat fatiguing, maybe,” Reynolds continued.
Reynolds described his upcoming Deadpool as "a dream com true," saying it would buck the trends leading to superhero fatigue.
“I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn’t just that it’s funny or isn’t just that it’s rated R. The meta aspect is very important. So I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree.”
Reynolds also weighed in on the failure of another recent Fox property, Fantastic Four, sympathizing with the predicament of starring in a high profile flop.
“I’m more frustrated about the Michael B. Jordan aspect than Miles Teller. You know, Miles Teller’s gonna recover. Miles Teller’s gonna go on to do amazing things, you know. It’s important that Michael B. Jordan continues to go on and do amazing things.”
“I know it’s not easy for a black actor. It’s not easy for a female actor. It’s not easy for a lot of people that are... That entire cast is amazingly talented. And I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. I mean, I know what that feels like. It doesn’t feel good. And it also is difficult, because you don’t feel like you can control that outcome. You know, as much as you want to. You can’t really.”
Deadpool hits theaters February 12, 2016.