Rob Liefeld — comic-book artist and Deadpool creator extraordinaire — took to his Instagram to post a heartfelt comment about the upcoming Marvel superhero flick, expressing his excitement and his complete faith in the project. He also heaped praise on filmmakers Tim Miller, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan freakin' Reynolds (his words, not mine) for sticking to their guns in order to bring us the Wade Wilson we all know and love.
Liefeld was apparently on set yesterday, and he took time to snap a pic of himself with Reynolds, who’s finally back as the Merc With a Mouth after Deadpool spent a couple of years stuck in development hell. Yesterday was April’s Fool Day, and there was a running gag that ran All. Day. Long about the movie’s rating: They first claimed it would get the dreaded PG-13, sending fans scrambling in utter and total panic. But, fear not! Reynolds finally came clean, and Deadpool will be rated R....as it bloody well should be. After all, we do have a wise-cracking, foul-mouthed mercenary as the film’s anti-hero.
Liefeld’s comment below is lengthy, discussing how the whole thing took a very long time to finally come together — thanks in part to that test reel footage. He also talks about the mediocrity that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he expresses sentiments shared by many a comic-book and/or comic-book movie fan. More importantly, he promises us that we are "in for a cinematic comic book experience unlike any you have experienced!" Check it out:
Congrats to Team Deadpool on each and every victory along the Deadpool highway! The R rating ensures the film will be unique and faithful to the amazing vision of the filmakers Tim Miller, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan freakin' Reynolds!! DEADPOOL RANT....So you're thinking, "of course Liefeld, you brought Deadpool to life, what else are we to expect but you to cheer, homer." Let's get something straight, after Wolverine:Origins I went on the apology tour, for those many umpteen thousands of you who came up to me at the bazillion conventions I do and asked me "Hey, Liefeld, what did you think of Deadpool in Wolverine:Origins?" you saw me smile through gritted teeth and give a very deliberate response "Well, it's a good start.." Because I already knew that there were plans underway to restore Deadpool and that given the opportunity, the new team that Ryan was assembling would produce the film we all wanted. But I knew that I couldn't apologize twice, I couldn't smile through gritted teeth any longer, this one would have to be earned. Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick came on board and wrote the most amazing, exciting, unique comic book script I'd ever read. Even my Marvel pals have confided and said, "Wow, that Deadpool script...That's spectacular..It should get made" but it didn't. And years passed and management at Fox passed and executives came and went, each unable to move it forward. During this time, the outstanding Tim Miller stepped into the directors chair to guide the film and from the word go, he started making things happen. I saw storyboards, costume designs and animatics. The vision was becoming a reality and that amazing test reel footage was shot and I thought for certain that the film would be on its way to a green light. Then...more waiting. And here we are, this outstanding vision is being filmed and prepared for a Feb. 12th 2016 release date. I can tell you that you are in for a cinematic comic book experience unlike any you have experienced! Deadpool is all that you've been waiting for and a round of applause to Tim, Rhett, Paul, Ryan and Simon Kinberg for seeing it through! #robliefeld #deadpool
A photo posted by Rob Liefeld (@robliefeld) on Apr 1, 2015 at 4:47pm PDT
What do you think of Rob Liefeld’s faith in Deadpool? Will you definitely be catching this one up in movie theaters when it gets released on February 12, 2016? Along with Ryan Reynolds, the movie stars Firefly's Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller and Gina Carano.
(via Comic Book)