Finding humanity in a jerk like Deadpool

The Deadpool universe returns with a more action-packed and quirkier sequel. “Deadpool” is a tough act to follow, given that it became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time in 2016. “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch, the stunt veteran turned director, revealed on “Salon Talks” his vision for the self-aware, snarky superhero.

“If the movie's sort of a Jenga puzzle, it could be one time you subverted the wrong emotional moment, you could send the whole arc of the movie or the character down,” Leitch told Salon. “You have to pick the ones that you want to subvert, I think. And it has to be thoughtful to the story you're trying to tell.”

To hear more about Leitch’s love for the Deadpool universe and how it’s far different than other superhero films, watch the video above. And check out the full interview to learn how Leitch developed the many gruesome ways in which Deadpool is mutilated in “Deadpool 2.” Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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