If you didn’t think you could love Donald Glover anymore, you might be excited to know that he and his brother Stephen are working on an animated series for FXX about the day-to-day adventures of the Merc with a Mouth. Glover, who’s currently starring as a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, has been having a fantastic couple of years. After releasing his album Awaken, My Love! under his Childish Gambino pseudonym to critical acclaim, Glover released the first season of FX’s Atlanta, which many called the best series of 2016. The show returns for a second season in March, just two months before Deadpool comes to FXX.
In a recent interview with PopCulture, Glover talked about how smooth the process has been thus far, and how – surprisingly enough – Deadpool has been one of the easiest projects for him to write. In response to a question about his hopes for the new series:
“That it’s funny. That one it just seems really easy. There’s not as much to hold sacred, in a weird way,” Glover told PopCulture. “I know people love Deadpool and I know people are big comic book geeks, but it’s not the same as Lando or Atlanta, where you have a whole city on your back. Deadpool is very aware of himself, so, I don’t have to live up to anything. So it’s been actually, quite easy.”
This is a very curious, bordering on poor, choice of words, especially when you think about Deadpool’s journey from page to screen. I have no doubt that the series will be fantastic, and he’s correct in pointing out that Deadpool isn’t Lando Calrissian nor is he representing an entire city, but with how words get misconstrued on social media, it’s easy to read that quote and think that Glover just doesn’t care about the project. Or, rather, that he cares less. With the show premiering just one week before Deadpool 2 hits theaters, the comparisons are going to be unavoidable, so he’s got to bring his A-game to the project.
Additionally, I think FXX is the perfect network to host this show. As we learned from one of It’s Always Sunny‘s most controversial episodes, last year’s “Hero or Hate Crime?,” the rules of cable television have changed. Deadpool needs to be able to say whatever the hell he wants, and, on FXX, he can. Be sure to see both of Donald Glover’s FX projects – Atlanta and Deadpool – on March 1st and May 9th, respectively.
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