Comic book writer Rob Liefeld, who created many iconic characters like Deadpool, has provided fans with a much welcome update regarding the merc-with-a-mouth’s upcoming follow-up film, comparing the sequel to comedy standard, Rush Hour. Deadpool 2 will see the return of Ryan Reynolds in the titular role after his turn last year in the original film. This time, however, on top of his usual cohorts, he brings along some new friends (or enemies) including Zazie Beets’ Domino and Josh Brolin’s Cable.
One of the biggest hurdles on the current fad of movie franchises in Hollywood, especially with sleeper hits like Deadpool, is the high expectations that fans put on its follow-up film. More often than not and with just a few exceptions, sequelitis has plagued even the greatest film franchises. This, however, is something that people don’t have to worry about with Deadpool 2. On top of the stars teasing that the project – now directed by John Wick co-helmer David Leitch – will be funnier, Liefeld also shares that the chemistry between Reynolds and Brolin is nothing short of palpable.
Liefeld made the rounds during last week’s San Diego Comic-Con, attending different panels (including a live showing of Deadpool’s Honest Trailer). Catching up with ComicBook.com, the writer shared some interesting tidbit about the much-anticipated superhero flick, discussing Brolin:
“He’s such a great actor, that’s where it starts, and gravitas, and who else really is going to hold their ground with Ryan as Wade/Deadpool. That is energy unbridled, and so you’ve gotta hold your ground. When I see the two of them I’m like, ‘It’s going to be comic book’s equivalent to Rush Hour,’ and I don’t know if comic fans are ready for it. I think it’s going to be great.”
Continuing his high praises for Brolin, he also cited some of the actor’s greatest work to date, highlighting his range as a thespian, which is pivotal in making Deadpool 2 feel like not just a joke factory but a film that actually has important stakes:
“If you only see No Country for Old Men and Sicario, you’ve seen two great totally separate Josh Brolin performances. The Llewelyn who is sullen but determined and doesn’t speak much but you follow him the whole time in No Country, and Sicario, he’s this wild, shoot-em-up CIA guy.The guy is a tremendous actor.”
Obviously, Brolin is also playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest bad, Thanos, who is set to make his full debut in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Playing two iconic characters in two superhero films with huge fanfares and releases less than a month away from each other is a tricky thing to pull off, but it appears that Brolin is handling both gigs well – recently appearing at D23 Expo to promote Avengers 3 and then returning to set for Deadpool 2. Even Leitch ‘couldn’t be happier’ with the casting decision for Cable.
With a script written by original movie writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, production on Deadpool 2 is currently ongoing in Vancouver, Canada. Aside from Brolin, Reynolds, and Beets, the film will also feature returning characters such as T.J. Miller (Weasel), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Stefan Kapicic (Colossus), as well as, Leslie Uggams (Blind Al).
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