Deadpool, Cable, Twitter, Liefeld, and You

If you're not a comic book fan then you've probably never heard of Rob Liefeld. To say that he's a controversial topic amongst us is like saying the Pope's sortof a Catholic. Liefeld is the man who created the character we've all come to know and love as Deadpool, soon to be starring in his own big screen flick starring Ryan Reynolds. The thing about Liefeld is that he's an awful artist, popular during the 90s thanks to his over-muscled, severely disproportionate, twisted figurine bodies. But as a writer? He was even worse. His Deadpool was a one-note merc who cracked the occasional joke. It wasn't until other writers got a hold of him that the Merc with a Mouth became popular enough to warrant his own friggin' movie. So why any studio would feel it necessary to invite Liefeld in on production meetings is beyond me, unless they're trying to make this thing suck. Then again, he actually holds some sort of ownership in the character, so maybe it's a requirement.

On Liefeld's Twitter feed, the ever smirky, homophobic creator let loose a few tidbits of information from that production meeting, some of which shed some light on just how cool this Deadpool movie might be:

Walking into Deadpool movie meeting!!! Yowza!

Great Deadpool movie meeting! Lauren Schuler Donner and her team are headed in the right direction!

Deadpool movie- YES! Ryan Reynolds is on board!!!

Deadpool movie checklist- DP in costume-check! Breaking 4th wall-check! Loads of killing-double check!

Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!!

So here we have some confirmation that Deadpool will be in his official costume, and not the lame ass tank top he was sportin' in X-men Origins: Wolverine. The question now becomes whether or not DP will be the scarred, cancerous version he is in the comic and in Origins, or if the studio will feel the need to spotlight their hunky star by showing off his face as much as possible. While I prefer he be as close to the comic version as possible, I can go either way here.

Deadpool "breaking the 4th wall" all but ensures that this is going to be a comedy/action flick, which is as it should be. For those that don't know, breaking the 4th wall is basically when the character in a movie addresses the audience directly and has some awareness of his true reality. The Deadpool character in the comics is well aware that he is in a comic book, and speaks openly about it, much to the confusion to those listening. Hilarious stuff.

But the biggest news to me is the mentioning of Cable possibly showing up in future X-films. Cable was one of my favorite Marvel characters(he sucks right now though!), and seeing him on screen would be awesome. I can already see Sam Worthington tackling the role of the future messiah of all mutantkind on screen. But is he going to show up in an X4? If so, that indicates to me that they are taking a drastically different route with the X-men franchise. Seeing as how Cable is the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey returned to our time from the future, you can't introduce him without having his story hijack the entire movie. Cable(another Liefeld creation) and Deadpool share a sordid past, and starred in their own comic book together for years, so the possibility exists that he could show up either in the upcoming DP film or in a potential sequel.

So much news out of a few tweets. Another reason why everyone should have a Twitter account. It's where all the news drops first.

Thanks to Rich Johnston at BleedingCool for wrapping up all this in one nice little package.