"Deadpool" director Tim Miller weighed in on Wade Wilson's famous X-partner, Cable, and what kind of role he envisions that character having in his films during a breakdown of the first film trailer for Empire.
"We kind of wanted a straight-man to play against Colossus. We thought about Cannonball, but he would've been a stupid hick character, whereas the guys wrote Negasonic as this deadpan goth teen, which was a great angle," Miller said, explaining how Negasonic Teenage Warhead came to appear in the film. "She turned out really well. There aren't really many definitive Deadpool villains, apart from Cable. If we don't put Cable in 'Deadpool 2,' I think we'll be run out of town on a rail."
Cable and Deadpool were staples of Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza's early "X-Force" run. Deadpool's wacky, out-of-control nature played so well against Cable's tough guy demeanor that it led to a shared title in 2004 and a 50-issue run written by Nicieza. Miller's talk of Cable here seems to confirm that he will not appear in the upcoming "Deadpool" film, although this could be a ruse to keep the character a surprise.