Deadpool 2 has lost its director, Tim Miller. In light of this news, it’s time to start thinking about who should take the reins of this highly anticipated sequel. There are plenty of suitable candidates, but we think we’ve narrowed it down to a select few. Here are the top five perfect directors for Deadpool 2.
If Wade Wilson actually made movies, they’d probably turn out a lot like the films of Joseph Kahn. Torque is an over-the-top biker action flick that is cranked up to a seventy-three out of ten. Detention is a genre-bending pop culture smorgasbord that flies faster than Deadpool’s one-liners and his upcoming Bodied will be crazy. Kahn has a frenetic energy and style that compliments the Merc with a Mouth’s schizophrenic sense of humor. Plus, Kahn can shoot ridiculous action like no one else. Deadpool 2 definitely needs to up the violent action and Kahn knows exactly how to play in that field. If Fox wants Deadpool 2 to be bigger and more bonkers than the first film, Joseph Kahn is the only choice.
Violence was a big part of why audiences loved Deadpool. But, it was also how violence and comedy were expertly blended together. Director Joe Lynch has proven that he’s more than adept at creating hilarious violence thanks to his work on Wrong Turn 2. Plus, the guy knows action. Everly is one of the more underappreciated action films of the last few years. Not to mention that Everly was great action on a budget. If Fox wants to keep Deadpool 2 in a lower budget range without sacrificing the action, Joe Lynch is the guy to hire.
Ryan Reynolds’s best performance is in The Voices, a dark comedy/drama that deals with bending reality and an insane protagonist. Sounds like a good fit for Deadpool, doesn’t it? Director Marjane Satrapi got something amazing out of Reynolds in that film, and her twisted take would be a nice pairing with Deadpool’s outlandish outlook on life. Plus, Satrapi is no stranger to the world of comics. She wrote the graphic novel Persepolis and co-directed the animated adaptation of that book. Seeing as how she’s worked with Reynolds in the past, this seems like a duo that could produce something great once again.
Jason Lei Howden
Deathgasm is one of the best horror comedies in recent memory. Director Jason Lei Howden understands the energy a zany R-rated genre flick needs. Deadpool 2 definitely needs to up the ante in terms of its insanity, and Howden could bring that to the table in spades. He’s obviously a fan of ludicrous and transgressive humor which is what Deadpool traffics in with almost every scene. It would be great to see Howden enter the big time with a picture like Deadpool 2.
Jorma Taccone is one of the most talented comedy directors working today. MacGruber is destined to be a comedy classic. Not to mention, this year’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is possibly the funniest movie of 2016. Deadpool won so many fans because of its humor. If laughs are what the sequel needs more than anything else, Taccone is a comedy master. His work with The Lonely Island shows that he knows how to lampoon anything and everything. Deadpool 2 couldn’t hope for anyone better as far as its jokes are concerned.