1. Marjane Satrapi (The Voices, Persepolis)
As much as I admire all of my other candidates, Marjane Satrapi would blow every single one of them out of the water. If we’re looking for a true visionary who would make a sequel that both improves upon and makes audacious changes from the original, look no further.
Much like Tim Miller, Satrapi began her career in animation. Persepolis, her co-directed debut film based on her first graphic novel, is a sophisticated political/social satire done in black and white caricatures. All of the humor is very subtle, but the visuals are constantly changing. She essentially brings us inside of her mind, and a similar sensibility would mesh perfectly with the anarchic psyche of Wade Wilson. Where Miller’s action scenes were affable but blunt, Satrapi’s would mesh comedy and violence through visual ingenuity.
Most importantly, she’s basically made a Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds already. In her superb and criminally underexposed The Voices, she got a career-best performance out of Reynolds in the role of a serial killer who talks to his cat and dog. Reynolds did the voice work for both the cat and the dog, which if you know anything about the two voices in Deadpool’s head, should ring a few very happy bells. She could balance the morbid material with humor, so the audience doesn’t disconnect with either.
It’s hard to say if Satrapi would be willing to participate in such a studio-centric project. However, given her relationship with Reynolds, he would be a fool to not give her a shout. The result could not only top the first one but be one of the best comic book movies ever made.