With Deadpool, Fox successfully (like, really successfully — record-breaking-successfully) rebooted a character who had previously been horrifically adapted in another, lesser film, and they did so without recasting the role. Miracles do exist. Now that Ryan Reynolds’ Merc With a Mouth has been given a second cinematic life, could the same be done with another actor from X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Liev Schreiber, perhaps?
Some would certainly challenge the claim that the new book Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture is the "first really comprehensive illustrated history of comic books," as co-author Laurence Maslon says. Even so, it's publication this fall, alongside a PBS documentary called Superheroes: The Never Ending-Battle by filmmaker and co-author Michael Kantor, is likely to spark some new interest in the often-rocky, sometimes shocking history of the medium.