Deadpool Creator Talks Deadpool Solo Project

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

deadpool rob liefield quick sketch Deadpool Creator Talks Deadpool Solo ProjectA Deadpool project has been in the air since David S. Goyer (writer of Blade-Trilogy, Batman Begins/The Dark Knight) did a script while Blade was in production, but now with X-Men Origins: Wolverine a few weeks from release, buzz of a solo flick has ramped up. Deadpool creator Robert Liefeld recently chimed in, adding fuel to the fire.

Liefeld is the mastermind behind a few pivotal characters besides Deadpool: he’s the reason why Marvel has Cable and X-Force. Though he’s faced criticism in the comic book industry, lately he’s been dabbling in a little screen writing and being involved with film. Via Twitter, he’s posted a few notes about the upcoming Wolverine origin piece and Deadpool’s solo arc.

Also, talked to producers of ‘Wolverine’ yesterday and they said that there are definite plans to spin off ‘Deadpool’ if the box office works

He also reminded us that the leaked Wolverine workprint is incomplete.

“The Deadpool re-shoots with Ryan Reynolds aren’t in the bootlegged version. audience test response warranted more Deadpool in the pic!”

Now I’m all for a solo movie of the “Merc with a Mouth,” he deserves one. But I’m also inclined to be skeptical. From the footage screened, and the whispers of plot details heard, the movie version of Deadpool manifests very differently than his comic book counterpart. That’s not a good thing. Aside from Deadpool’s signature black comedy, he’s uniquely the only character in the Marvel Universe who knows he’s in a comic book. The recently released video profile of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool didn’t really feel like it did the necessary research of the comics. The essence is there, but it’s very faint.

Fox could always re-tell his story through the solo project and “fix what they’ve done,” but previous interviews have Reynolds saying he is the character that eventually becomes Deadpool. If they want to really pursue a Deadpool spinoff, they cannot ruin the character or a boycott is sure to ensue.

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Will Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool deliver the goods?

Nevertheless, Liefeld insures us the character is intact–via the 140-character Twitter format.

“The question I am getting asked the most nowadays, especially at conventions, is how do I feel about Deadpool in the ‘Wolverine’ movie

My answer is, I’m thrilled he’s in the movie, his character is true to the comic and I’m pleased with how he is presented. But I also remind

everyone that the movie is called “Wolverine” and not Deadpool. I hear rumors that they put more Deadpool in the final cut. fingers crossed

It’s also cool to see Gambit coming to the big screen, he looks cool, feels like 90′s all over again. Next up….Cable? Domino….? Please.”

I’d love to see a comic book character that knows he’s now in a movie, but if Watchmen is a sign, niche comic books don’t make “successful” films (that is, in box office terms).

Do you think Deadpool is worthy of a  big screen solo project? And if so, how should he be portrayed?

Source: MTV Splash Page, via Twitter

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  1. I would like to see it happen but I’ll wait until after seeing Reynolds performance in Origins. That said I don’t know that it could even be done. Reynolds would really have to read up more on Wade Wilson. Even then I don’t know if that would be enough.

  2. need I say it? I <3 wade wilson :D

  3. I am waaaayyyyy excited about a Deadpool movie. Look, I love Wolverine but I am far more excited about the potential Deadpool movie then I am about Wolverine.

    The good thing is this: The producers and studio realized they needed more Deadpool in Wolverine. This means that if they screw him up in Wolverine, hopefully they will heed the feedback and retool him properly for any spin off. Otherwise, even though it would never happen, as Brodie Bruce said, let Marvel do it properly.

  4. I would See a Deadpool film,
    but I wish they would have saved him for his own Film.
    If this doesnt work out we may not see Deadpool. again.

  5. brodie,

    they have made two great comic book films there called “xmen” and “x2 xmen united”

  6. it would be cool to see how much dialogue would he have in his own movie… hopefully as hilarious as he was in the “hulk vs wolverine” animated film.

  7. I think Ryan reynolds would be a good deadpool to be fair he has the quick wit to pull it off and I have no doubts about the spin-off just so long as they don’t ruin the suit! I think what they are trying to do in the Wolverine spin-off is show him before everything in his basic state without the suit so all of it before he goes off and puts his bad-ass suit on which tbf is fair enough its no good to throw in a character with as much depth as he does into a film that isnt about him but have all his background already done. So i think what fox have done is have him before all his scarring or in this films state I think they have done his scarring as part of the film. Which I think was a smart move my fox as they have now left space for future development on the character in his own film rather than complicating it all by trying to tell his story in a ilm that doesnt have his name in the title.

    If they play it safe and give him his own film so we get the full blast of deadpool rather than a 10 minute slot in a film then its all gravy!

  8. mmk I just wanted to make the comment that Ryan Reynolds has been a Deadpool fan for a really long time so he doesn’t have to do a lot of “reading up” on wade. I really think he’s the perfect choice and lets face it there’s no real way to ruin wade wilson because we never know what he’s going to in the comics anyways, that’s what makes him so amazing! As long as he has the jokes, mentions bea arthur, and breaks the fourth wall… we’re good. :D

  9. I did see the character bio on Deadpool. It looked really badass.

    If there is a spinoff, it should be when he was a mercenary and the disastrous events of the upcoming “Wolverine” film.

  10. I’ll second @D-E-D-P-O-O-L’s comments. Ryan Reynolds, along with David S. Goyer, were really pushing for a Deadpool feature during the filming of Blade: Trinity.

    Ryan Reynolds was selected specifically because he knows the character and can carry a movie on his own (if need be).

  11. It depends which Deadpool. I started reading him when Joe Kelly wrote his first monthly series. That is the only Deadpool I know and love (even if Kelly’s last story kind of sucked due to not knowing when the series would be canceled). In my mind it was Kelly who made Deadpool popular. Liefeld essentially ripped off a DC character (forget who) but Joe Kelly was the one that gave Deadpool a real personality.

  12. I love Deadpool! He is one of my favorite characters in comics and if he gets a solo film where he gets his mouth back I can die a happy man!

  13. I understand the concerns behind Deadpool’s appearance in the film, however I feel it’s only temporary and he can still be easily molded into the Merc with a Mouth we know and love. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to reveal spoilers.

  14. Bring it on, but keep it dark (crazy/anti-hero/villain) like reynolds has done so far – don’t soften the character!

  15. Deadpool is the man. besides he has a cooler outfit than wolverine. I agree with Max 110$%

  16. leifeld did not create deadpool!