The Rock has a wild idea for a Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Black Adam movie

He wants Ryan Reynolds’ and Gal Gadot’s superhero alter-egos for a pretty nutty crossover.
November 11, 2021 3:40 p.m. EST
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Red Notice is one of the most highly anticipated and star-studded action-comedies of the year. Starring the power trio of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, the film promises a Get Smart-meets-Oceans 11 art heist flick perfect for an old-fashioned movie night.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (the mind behind comedies like We’re the Millers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and produced by Johnson, the movie is Netflix’s most expensive film to date, with a budget of $200 million. After a short theatre run, it hits streaming this week. 

On-screen, Johnson, Reynolds and Gadot offer up dazzling chemistry and easy banter, which the cast attributes to their deep familiarity with one another. In reality, all three have known each other for a decade or more and went into the project with a working shorthand that made some parts of the job much easier and others (like not laughing through an entire scene) much harder. 

“The biggest challenge was not to waste Netflix’s resources just laughing and giggling all day," Ryan told Etalk's Traci Melchor. "It was really nice, and there was an easy camaraderie there. The connection between us all is genuine, and I think it comes across on screen as well.” 

“It was pretty great because I absolutely love the guys," Gal said. "They’re so sweet and fun, and funny to work with. We’ve all worked together before, so coming back and doing this was super delightful because we’re all so comfortable and familiar and share so much in common."

Given that all three of the superstars are also superheroes (in addition to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool, The Rock was recently cast as Black Adam, who will be joining the DC cinematic universe in 2022's Black Adam), there was a fair amount of talk on-set about what would happen if all those worlds were to collide.

In fact, Dwayne has a pitch he's working on for a pretty epic crossover event, which he insists it is for the fans' enjoyment and not solely for his own selfish wants, of course.    

“We actually talked about how cool it would be possibly to have our worlds converge between Deadpool and Wonder Woman and if there was a way to merge Black Adam, and if there was a way to merge all three of us in each other's movies, even if it’s a cameo, which would be pretty cool," he said.

“Black Adam and Wonder Woman show up in Deadpool, Deadpool shows up in Wonder Woman, Black Adam shows up in Wonder Woman and kills Deadpool,” he spitballed. It's a little convoluted and some may take issue with Deadpoll's demise, but there's something there. 

In Red Notice, Gadot plays a rising art thief who's proving herself to be the best of the best. Her "work" prompts FBI agent John Hartley (Johnson) to team with the world's second-best art thief (Reynolds) to take her down. After playing good guys for a lot of her career, Gal says it was a thrill to play a baddie for once.

"It was also fun to play a character that is different than what I usually do. She was electric, and evil, and mean but in a cheeky way that I really enjoyed," she said.

Reynolds had a similarly fun and playful time making the movie, mostly because it wasn't his money and vision on the line. “The whole job itself was such a pleasure," he said. "I can’t say that it was particularly grueling or challenging. I wasn’t producing the movie, I got to just show up and be a hired gun and have fun.”

“Just coming off Free Guy -- which was every single detail we toiled over -- it was just so nice that it was DJ [Dwayne Johnson] that was in charge, and those guys ran such a beautiful and tight ship," he continued. "They really gave me the space to just play in the sandbox and that’s my favourite way to work, it was just really nice to have that space to have fun."

Red Notice is showing in select theatres for a limited time and hits Netflix November 12.

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