Just watching a few seconds of Deadpool‘s red-band trailer showcases how different the upcoming film is from its many superhero brethren. The gore, the R-rated language, and enough pop culture references to send Steve Rogers into a confusing spiral.
But Deadpool‘s unique qualities in the superhero genre, and its awareness of its place, are exactly what is making it connect with audiences, according to star Ryan Reynolds.
Speaking with GQ, Reynolds discussed his upcoming turn as the merc with a mouth and why it’s not just the foul humor that has fans excited.
“The meta aspect is very important,” Reynolds said to GQ. “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.”
“It’s fun,” he continued. “That’s also why the film is budgeted the way it’s budgeted, is released the way it’s released, is allowed to be rated R, kind of all these things. Because for the studio, it’s actually relatively low-risk.”
Reynolds also discussed whether or not he regrets Green Lantern not becoming a megafranchise in light of the Deadpool trailer’s pointedly obvious joke about Reynolds’ previous superhero role.
“I mean, I don’t give a rusty f—, because — I know that this is gonna sound like some sort of guy who’s spent a little bit of time in a monastery or something, but it all led to here,” he said. “If I had to do it all again, I’d do the exact same thing.”
For more from Reynolds on Deadpool, his private life spilling out into the public, and much more, head over to GQ.
Deadpool hits theaters on Feb. 12.