There's no denying that Deadpool 2 has easily become one of the most highly anticipated comic book movie sequels in recent memory. The original film blew audiences away when it hit theaters earlier this year, and it handily became the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. That being said, our excitement has been dampened by the recent announcement that director Tim Miller departed the project following creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. In the face of such a setback, some passionate fans have started a petition demanding that legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino sign on to the sequel as Miller's replacement.
Although there's no guarantee that this petition will even pan out, we think it opens up a fascinating dialogue about Tarantino's possible involvement in the project. In fact, there may be no modern filmmaker more qualified to continue Wade Wilson's story than the man behind Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of reasons why we think Quentin Tarantino should helm Deadpool 2. Take a look at our arguments and let us know what you think! Without further ado, let's get started with Tarantino's own personal passion for pop culture...
His Knowledge And Love Of Pop Culture Would Blend Perfectly With Deadpool's Personality
The opening scene from Quentin Tarantino's first major movie, Reservoir Dogs, will tell you everything that you need to know about his pop culture sensibilities. He can take a simple conversation about Madonna's "Like A Virgin," and spin it out into a beautifully complex and engaging analysis of seemingly mundane aspects of pop culture. That's Quentin Tarantino in a nutshell; every single one of his movies has an obvious love and reverence for the nuances of pop culture, and that would blend perfectly with Wade Wilson's incredibly referential personality. The original Deadpool featured innumerable cultural references, from Green Lantern to Golden Girls, but Tarantino's involvement would take the sequel to the next level.
Tarantino Has A Knack For Stylish Violence
Violence for the sake of violence is rarely entertaining, but violence as an art form is something truly beautiful. Few modern filmmakers understand that better than Quentin Tarantino. Since the earliest days of his career, Tarantino has had a very specific knack for crafting incredible movies that use their violent content to enhance the story. That makes him perfectly suited for a franchise like Deadpool -- which similarly makes the bold decision to actually show the process and consequences of violence, rather than cut away from it. Aside from that, he already has established that he really knows how to shoot an amazing sword fight sequence, which is pretty vital for a Deadpool movie.
His Bizarre Narrative Structure Could Fix The First Film's Biggest Issue
If there's one complaint that fans seemed to have about Deadpool when it hit theaters in February, it's that the film actually relied on a very basic and simple origin story structure. Anyone who has ever seen one of Quentin Tarantino's movies will instantly tell you that he doesn't have that issue. From Pulp Fiction to The Hateful Eight, Tarantino has proven time and time again that he's one of the most brilliant non-linear storytellers working in Hollywood today. He's not afraid to make a story jump around or allow a single scene to linger for an extended period of time, and that off-kilter sensibility could help elevate Deadpool 2 above one of the original's only issues.
He Isn't Afraid To Lean Headfirst Into An R-rating
If you're familiar with Quentin Tarantino's filmography, then you already know that he pretty much exclusively deals within the R-rating. Tarantino designs his films from the ground up as raw, brutal and vulgar affairs that challenge all aspects of decency. That's exactly what Deadpool 2 needs. In keeping with the spirit of the franchise, it's essential for the director of the upcoming Deadpool sequel to have no qualms with letting the F-bombs fly or drenching the titular anti-hero in gallons upon gallons of blood. In an era where the PG-13 rating reigns supreme at the box office, Quentin Tarantino is the R-rated auteur that Wade Wilson's franchise sorely needs.
Tarantino Is Known For Playing With Genre Conventions
Deadpool is as much of a parody of comic book movies as it is an actual comic book movie, which means that it's a movie designed to poke fun at its own genre. Arguably no modern filmmaker has become better known for his ability to deconstruct genre conventions and play with style more than Mr.Tarantino. From his perfect blend of western and Blaxploitation sensibilities in Django Unchained, to his recreation of the Golden Age of Cinema with Inglourious Basterds, the guy knows how to take apart a genre and create something new with the pieces. If handed the reigns to a major superhero franchise, Tarantino could potentially do something never before seen in the comic book genre. That's worth getting excited about.
He Wants To Direct A Comic Book Movie
This is arguably the most important reason of all: Quentin Tarantino actually wants to make a comic book movie at some point. The legendary filmmaker is a passionate fan of comic books, and he has remained vocal in his support for the current market of superhero movies. In fact, he even came close to making a Luke Cage movie back in the 1990s, before opting to make Pulp Fiction instead. If we've learned anything from the past few years, it's that genuine comic book fans make the best comic book movies, and Tarantino fits that description perfectly.