While attending Comikaze 2014, “Deadpool” co-creator Rob Liefeld talked to fans about the recently announced DEADPOOL film, describing what input he had on its early creative development. Thanks to Comic Book and Social Ferocity, we have quotes and video from the event.
“Following Wolverine 2009, the Donners called me into their office and said, ‘Rob, we want to meet and talk to you about Deadpool, since we’re spinning it off,” he said. “We know we made some missteps, and we want to get it right.’ So I sat there with a bunch of producers, and we sat for several hours, and we talked about different ideas. And I tried to steer them in directions I think. For instance, I’ll tell you, first question they said, ‘Rob, does Cable need to be in the Deadpool movie?’ And I said, ‘No, Deadpool deserves his own function and Cable should come in in his own movie.’ And they were like, ‘Ok, because we were thinking about…’ And I was like, ‘No, you can do them both separately. They don’t need to be in the same movie.’ Look, we had a long talk, we had some ideas, I can’t share them, some of them made it across the finish line.”
While it’s the assumption that Ryan Reynolds will play the title role, an official announcement has yet to be made. Liefeld feels confident that we’ll see the actor dress up in the red and black costume.
“Ryan is Deadpool,” he says, affirmatively. “Look, Ryan Reynolds, he’s gone through that same career arc, the guy is ridiculously talented. He has a huge, huge passion for Deadpool. Deadpool’s not happening, because he was a giant star, they said, ‘Ryan, what do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘Deadpool.’ That’s why it happened. They would have no faith otherwise. That movie is because of his passion. He put together the team.”
Cable won’t (allegedly) appear in the merc’s first solo outing, but Liefeld says he’s coming eventually.
“Cable is awesome,” said Liefeld. “And he will…when he appears on screen, we’re all going to nerdgasm, because he’s coming. They can’t hold him back. He’s coming.”
That’s right. He’s coming in X-FORCE, if that project gets off the ground. Both Cable and Deadpool feature in the developing film’s screenplay, along with fan-favorite Psylocke.