Deadpool 2 experienced turbulence when director Tim Miller stepped down, reportedly over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Though fans panicked for a hot minute, John Wick director David Leitch signed onto the project. The dust settled on the still-percolating sequel, and everyone seemed to agree that Miller wanted what Reynolds and co refused: a bigger, splashier sequel demanding more money of Fox.

This week, Tim Miller broke his silence on exiting the Deadpool franchise, saying, “I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters: I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was three times the budget.” Reynolds himself never confirmed that Miller’s vision for Deadpool 2 was bloated, and instead, rumors led by The Wrap were eventually accepted as truth. Miller says they’re wrong.

Oh damn, someone's in trouble!
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“I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet. I wanted to do the same thing,” he said on a podcast this week.

Though Miller didn’t confirm exactly why he stepped down from directing Deadpool 2, his argument does seem like a moot point now. Since he tried to appeal directly to his fellow geeks, one can assume he received angry messages for reportedly going up against Ryan Reynolds, who has all but made himself indistinguishable from the Deadpool brand.

Deadpool 2 is set for release on January 12, 2018.