It only makes sense that the creator of the Merc with a Mouth has a fairly large one himself. Comic book illustrator Rob Liefeld has been using Twitter to lash out against Fox for not prioritizing the Deadpool movie, and now, he’s given a full-fledged interview to clarify some of his criticisms.
“That script is brilliant,” he told MTV Splash Page of the Deadpool film. “It doesn’t need any adjusting, it doesn’t need any vetting, it’s just brilliant. It’s like nothing else that’s out there. Anyone who’s read it knows that this is the comics film we’ve been waiting for. It has all the action, the violence, and the unexpected original set pieces that you haven’t seen but want to see. It has character, it has heart, and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. So you can’t help asking, what’s the holdup here? Is Deadpool not on the priority list? I really do not think they understand what they have here.”
Liefeld had much more to say, including:
It’s not like I don’t live in southern California and have management and agents in this town. It’s not like I don’t hear things around town. If it’s an issue of Fox being cheap, what’s that about? Open up the pocketbooks. Between a smaller budget and a bigger budget, they might want to go bigger budget — history will tell you that. They should spend what they need to get a director and lock down the star. They have Ryan Reynolds and Reese and Wernick, who if you haven’t noticed, are tearing up the town. There’s a reason everybody wants them. Fox has the script that everybody thinks is their best piece of work.
In essence, the man is frustrated that Deadpool isn’t moving along quickly, and it’s not like many of us don’t share that same frustration. But one has to wonder if Liefeld being so vocal against Fox is a good thing, at least for his own sake, and it’s something that Liefeld himself has considered.
It’s like this: If you have a voice and you do nothing with it, then you only have yourself to blame. I go to these conventions and my signature on a “Deadpool” book makes it go up an obscene amount of value, so I’m partially saddled with this situation, too. “Hey Liefeld, when’s ‘Deadpool’ coming out?!” You know how often I’m asked that? But I don’t have a green light on this…
Check out the full interview for much more from Liefeld.