Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, whose mega-muscled, multi-pouched superheroes bulged from the pages of many a '90s comic book title, has another of his creations destined for Hollywood as news broke late last week of Paramount Pictures' acquisition of the character Avengelyne.
Co-created with Cathy Christian (who often posed for covers as the heavenly valkyrie), this feared angelic warrior was one of God's most beloved Seraphs and first appeared in the aritst's Maximum Press' Avengelyne: Deadly Sins #1 in 1995. She possesses a warchest of fierce supernatural powers, including berserker strength, telekinesis, magical blood and divine swordsmanship, to name a few. The title continued in various incarnations for 87 issues and eventually returned to Image Comics in 2011, the company Liefeld helped to found.
Liefeld became a notorious poster boy for insanely muscled, physically endowed, scantily clothed interpretations of costumed crime fighters with significant work on X-Force, New Mutants, Youngblood, Deadpool and Cable that helped (for better but mostly for the worse) define the exaggerated anatomy craze of comic book superheroes during the turbulent industry heyday of the mid-1990s.
Here's what Liefeld had to add back in 2013 regarding the character receiving a spotlight feature when a big-screen project was in development with model/actress Gia Carano.
Avengelyne resonated so powerfully with the audience because her story of redemption is one that is so relatable. A fallen angel, sentenced to redeem herself by serving humanity, Earth is a foreign environment to her, she must adapt in order to save herself as well as mankind. Her dilemma provides humor amidst the larger plot engine driving her journey.
Academy award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (Batman and Robin, A Beautiful Mind, The Dark Tower) has been tapped to produce and possibly direct this adaptation from Paramount, possibly tapping into the hyper-violent, self-referential style that made Deadpool such a box-office juggernaut.
No casting choices have been decided yet, but we'll keep you posted. Are you ready for an Avengelyne feature film, or do you have serious issues with the Liefeld Factor?