Rob Liefeld, the artist who didn't let a little thing like anatomy get in the way of a superstar comic book career, co-created the instantly-popular character of Deadpool along with Fabian Nicieza in New Mutants #98, way back in 1991. So maybe he really does have the inside track on the upcoming Deadpool movie, which producer Lauren Schuler-Donner assured us was still happening as of last September, and was going to completely ignore the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Maybe he knows a lot more about it than we do. And maybe he's speaking the truth when he claims to have seen eight minutes of the feature film.
Wait, back up?
Yes, Bleeding Cool reports from the Amazing Arizona Comic Con that Rob Liefeld says that he "may or may not" have seen a significant amount of test footage from the Deadpool movie. "May or may not." Of course, if he hasn't seen it, there would have been no reason to bring it up. It's a rather specific bit of information to bring up at a panel if it's entirely untrue. So we're rather assuming that he's just covering his ass in case Fox gets pissed at him. Here's what he said, after a build up explaining his thoughts on how Deadpool was treated in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
"They've got a great director on the movie. They've got a great script. I may or may not have seen some sort of test footage that would blow your mind, if you saw it, and you'd go, 'Holy crap!' And that's Deadpool, in costume. Katana swords and guns, shooting people's faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. Because you've got what would amount to the first R-rated X-Men movie, because that script is R-rated and they are determined."
Rob Liefeld went on to defend the premise of an R-rated movie, pointing out the success of The Expendables and the original Die Hard, before returning to the meaty stuff:
"But they may or may not have wanted to shoot about eight minutes of the movie to see how it would play. And all I can tell you is, it's close. It's closer than it's ever been to going, or [the studio] going, 'Nah, that's too scary a proposition to make an R-rated Deadpool movie."
Click on over to Bleeding Cool to see the complete panel, including Liefeld's explanation on how involved he is with the Deadpool production and the ending he offered to reshoot for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.