February brings with it one of our best known holidays – Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a day of love, for others a day of heartbreak and solitude, but for one guy it’s the perfect day to slice up some bad guys. His debut feature film is currently in theaters (read our review!), and when he isn’t crushing the competition at the box office, he’s either coloring in a few drawings or snapping off witty one liners like, “I’d sing some Black Sabbath right now, but the bean counter says we spent all our money on writers, what a waste.” Still lost about who I’m talking about? Fine, I’ll tell you, it’s that incomparable “Merc with a Mouth”, Wade Wilson A.K.A. Deadpool.
I recently had the awesome opportunity to speak with Wade Wilson’s co-creator, Rob Liefeld about his iconic character and the new film. Admittedly, I was nervous about interviewing a “god of the comic world”, but all apprehension was quickly assuaged upon speaking with Rob. He is very down-to-Earth for someone of his fame and it was refreshing to speak to a such a passionate creator who so clearly loves this character.
Without further ado, here is my conversation with Rob Liefeld:
What was the inspiration behind the creation of Deadpool?
“There is a lot of books out there that are drawn nice, I have my own style, and fans were reacting to anything I did, but its characters that we come back for … It gets down to the motivation I had to have a character that upset the apple cart, and came in to whip the ass of the team, to establish that there is more that you don’t know about this character, because Deadpool had a past with him.
“Now when I pitched him to Marvel, I asked if he could be associated with Wolverine’s weapon-X program. We had never seen the Roman numerals for 1-9, I figured if they made 10 Wolverines maybe they all did not come out very well, so we are going to tell the story of the guy the program screwed up and he ran away from. You have to have some broken eggs to have an omelet – Deadpool was the broken egg.”
Did you have any idea when you first created Deadpool in New Mutants that he would go on to be such a popular guy?
“[It was a] mix of right place, right time, right energy and the reward came.”
Why do you think Deadpool is so popular?
“Because he’s a freakin badass! Ninja characters are always the most popular, plus we are a visual culture. Deadpool is a great looking visual.”
I’m sure you’re tired of being asked this question, but did you have an opinion either good or bad on how Deadpool turned out in X-Men Origins: Wolverine?
[I think] reaction to the character was bad. Ryan Reynolds is a perfect match for Deadpool. Fans felt betrayed, they were trying to get it right because they didn’t do right by Deadpool in Origins, they just needed to course correct, and they did it with the new movie.”
How did it come about to have Deadpool break the fourth wall in his adventures?
“Over 25 years there have been great applications and additions to Deadpool. I’m fairly certain it was Joe Kelly who broke the fourth wall on Deadpool and added an entirely new element for fans who may not have been into the character.”
There been a lot of discussion about the Deadpool film being rated ‘R’, in your opinion, does Deadpool need to be R-rated in order for the portrayal to be right?
“Deadpool wasn’t an R-rated comic. Deadpool in comics wasn’t even PG-13 … Name one time Wolverine told Magneto and Xavier to, “Fuck off,” – he never did. Filmmakers took 25 years of Deadpool and didn’t turn down the wrong lane, [they] took all the good stuff of Deadpool and put it in one stew. Deadpool in the movie is a unique experience that keeps the spirit. Deadpool honors the spirit of the Deadpool character. He had some really good, witty and funny writers.
“I told [the] writers, ‘Thank you for giving me a new experience with which to look at the character. A breath of fresh eyes on [the] property, that’s what the movie has supplied.’ I’m very excited to talk about Cable now.”
Yes, during the preview screenings the end credit scene announcing that Cable is in the sequel wasn’t included, but it’s attached to the film now. If you could choose, who would you cast for Cable?
“I’m out of the official Cable casting contest. It’s like, I can’t say that somebody is going to get cast … Whoever is cast has to have good chemistry with Ryan. Whoever they cast moving forward with the sequel. I trust them completely. They have done a fantastic job.”
Piggybacking on the previous R-rating question, with Deadpool being a R-rated film, does that trap him in his own film bubble or do you think he could appear in a PG-13 X-Men film such as Wolverine 3?
“Of course they can implement him in other movies if they want him to. I think he will usher in a new age of R-rated X-Men movies and expand the brand. I do think they could utilize him in other X-Men movies, but that is beyond my pay-grade. I’m a huge fan of Simon Kinberg, I have watched him since X-Men: First Class assert greater authority over the franchise, and improve it 100%. He knows, I think, that I told it to him four years ago when Deadpool was not getting made and as an X-men fan he really has helped improve the scope of the stories, the weight of the stories.”
Lastly, who is your favorite superhero?
“People always think I’m going to say one of my own, but it’s always going to be Wolverine. Wolverine is my favorite character of all space and time.”
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me about Deadpool!
“You bet buddy! Thank you very much!”
I would like to again thank Rob Liefeld for taking the time to speak with us here at Kabooooom. Make sure to see and support Deadpool, now in theaters! As Mo Kelly from KFI-640 put it during that station’s the Nerdorama segment: “Everything is going to be measured against this movie this year. I couldn’t believe how good it is, I’m going to see it again.”