Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has called for additional credit to 20th Century Fox for coming up with source material-accurate and still profitable superhero films. The film studio holds the rights to some Marvel characters like the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. Although the corporation has struggled in launching the First Family into cinematic glory, as well as, some hard misses with other mutant-based projects like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand, they were able to balance out their losses in recent years by green lighting Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool and Hugh Jackman's Logan.
Surely, both Deadpool and Logan had unique circumstances. The former had its trailer leaked out, causing fans to rally behind Reynolds and his team to move forward with the movie, while the latter was Jackman's last hurrah as Wolverine, a character he has played for 17 years across 9 films. But it was still great for Fox to see the potential in both projects, eventually giving them the go despite a risky move especially with the films having R-ratings.
In a new interview with Comic Book in light of the arrival of our first look at Josh Brolin's Cable for Deadpool 2, Liefeld has pointed out that Fox has been trying to come up with superhero films that continue to push the boundaries of the popular movie genre.
“Between Deadpool and Logan, Fox deserves to have more [credit]. You could say, ‘But Rob, they have so much [credit].’ They deserve more. And I think they keep proving it."
The prolific writer furthered his argument by citing the faithful adaptation of his very own creation, Deadpool, in its 2016 stand alone movie directed by Tim Miller, as well as, the promise of a version of Wolverine that readers of the comic books have been hoping for for years:
“Deadpool looked like he jumped out of the comics, and was such a wonderful representation of everything I love about him. And then you saw Logan, which was the Wolverine everybody had been clamoring for. And again, these two movies with R ratings did giant box office, better than most PG-13 movies this year.”
Interestingly, both Reynolds and Jackman appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine - arguably one of the most panned Fox/Marvel films to date. But the two had separate resurgences in their respective franchises, with the Canadian actor kicking off his new one his prolific performance as the Merc With a Mouth in Deadpool and the Australian brilliantly capping off his storied run as the scruffy, cigar smoking mutant in James Mangold's Logan. On top of being a hit with critics, the films were also a success at the box office.
A sequel for the snappy but lovable mercenary, Deadpool 2 is already in production in Canada, this time, directed by John Wick co-helmer, David Leitch. Reynolds, of course, is reprising his role, as well as, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, and Karan Soni as Dopinder. Newcomers like Brolin and Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino, are also expected to make a big splash in the sequel. As for Wolverine, while his story has finally capped off in a very fitting way, Mangold left the door slightly open for the possibility of a spinoff starring Laura/X-23.
Source: Comic Book
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