Deadpool director Tim Miller says his blockbuster film isn't "perfect," but he also says he won't go overboard trying to make its now officially confirmed sequel bigger or more intense.
“I don’t look at Deadpool and think, ‘Oh, that’s a perfect movie.’ I look at it and go, ‘Oh, God, there’s so much stuff I could do better.’ What you don’t want to do is all the stupid stuff like ‘Oh, now it has to be twice as big because people are going to be bored!’ or ‘It’s going to have three times the villains!’,” Miller told Collider. “It feels like a small movie to me and I feel like I could have done a much better job of getting us out there and adding some scope. I don’t think I did a good job with establishing shots and scope and making it feel like a bigger world. It feels like a small indie movie, and some of that works well, but some of it I think I could have done a better job of making this feel like a world a little more.”
One thing the sequel will add is Cable, the mercenary from the future, and Deadpool's occasional partner. However, Miller says casting the paramilitary mutant won't take place until a script materializes, pointing out that there have been multiple takes on Cable, and as with Deadpool, the goal is to be faithful to his comic book counterpart.
Miller also said that Cable will bring a larger scale to the Deadpool sequel, which Miller hopes will have an official subtitle rather than a "2" in the title. He also said that X-Force will make Deadpool's corner of 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise "bigger still." Still, Miller would like X-Force to have at least one thing in common with Deadpool - its R-rating.
“I’ll just say I’d like it to be an R-rated movie, but I’ve always been very realistic. We’re not making fine art here. This is commerce. So if for some reason there was a story that needed to be bigger and needed to be at a certain budget, and it didn’t warrant an R-rated budget, although it’s harder to make that argument now after Deadpool, but let’s say we were saying it before Deadpool came out; I understand that. I’m not one of those directors who goes ‘I want it because I want it!’ and ‘It should be because I think it should be!’ There’s economics at work here, and I would like it to be R-rated.”
Miller also echoed a popular sentiment among other superhero directors and creators - that Deadpool's R-rated success wasn't because of its mature content, but because of its approach to the source material.
“I know there was some talk around Hollywood, and James Gunn talked about it, and I agree very much with what he said," Miller explained. "I think Deadpool worked because of what it was. I think Deadpool worked because it was funny. I think Deadpool worked because it didn’t take itself seriously. That’s why it worked as an R-rated film. I’m not sure any superhero movie will work as an R-rated film. I’m not sure some members of the public are going to be happy with the blood and gore if it’s not balanced with humor and the other stuff.”
Deadpool 2 does not have an official release date, though it is currently being scripted by original Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.