This year is going to be a busy one for comic book fans. DC Comics will give us Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and will later introduce us to the “worst heroes ever” in Suicide Squad. On Marvel’s side, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue its expansion with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange; as for the characters not under Marvel Studios’ wing, the X-Men will face one of their biggest threats in X-Men: Apocalypse and the Merc With a Mouth will get his solo movie in Deadpool.
Deadpool is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated movies of the year, making it to Screen Rant’s Top 5 of Most Anticipated Movies of 2016. Some very lucky fans recently got the chance to watch the full movie during a fan event, receiving positive reviews and reactions from fans. While fans are usually the ultimate judges, it’s inevitable to wonder what Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld thinks about the final product.
During one of those surprise screenings in Los Angeles, Liefeld told fans the Deadpool we will see on the big screen is the best version of the character ever. Seems like the long wait for this movie will be completely worth it.
“This is my second time seeing it and it was even better than the first time. That sounds like something Deadpool would say. But, here’s the deal: twenty-five years worth of Deadpool. This movie comes out twenty-five years to the day we published him at Marvel and you couldn’t get a better gift if you’re a Deadpool fan and I have seen twenty-five years of stories come and go – and Rhett [Reese] and Paul [Wernick] will tell you – back in 2009 I freaked out when I read the screenplay because Deadpool has never ever been better than he was in that screenplay and when I saw this movie six weeks ago I was like, ‘How much of this script will carry?’ and what you just saw is the best version of Deadpool I have ever experienced in my life.”
Liefeld went on to praise Ryan Reynolds, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Tim Miller, Simon Kinberg, T.J Miller, and the entire team, adding he “wouldn’t be up here taking the shots and droning on Twitter and encourage you guys not to give up the fight if this movie wasn’t as great as it is.” He concluded by calling the movie “fantastic.”
Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool had a rough debut on the big screen back in 2009 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Fans of the mouthy mercenary were highly disappointed in his appearance in that movie, but rumors about a spinoff with Ryan Reynolds attached to reprise his role started circulating right away. After the test footage was leaked and received positive feedback not long ago, Fox finally green lit the project.
It’s not easy for an artist to see a character of his creation in the hands of another person and watch what becomes of it, so knowing that Liefeld is pleased with what Fox, Reynolds, and Miller did with Deadpool is the ultimate seal of approval fans, cast, and crew needed.
Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an untitled X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also currently in development.