20th Century Fox released an awesome look at the untitled Deadpool sequel this morning with the film’s first official trailer. The trailer gave us a good sneak peek inside the sequel along with a hilarious and intimidating first look at Josh Brolin’s Cable, but there wasn’t a lot of footage from the movie itself. It was a two-minute long trailer where a majority of it was a hilarious skit and about 50 seconds of actual footage from the movie. The trailer also revealed that Terry Crews will appear in the film, along with a few members of the X-Force from the comics.
Fans of the franchise are loving everything that they have seen from the film so far and this new footage isn’t any different. One of the biggest fans of the trailer is the creator of Deadpool himself, Rob Liefeld. He has been Fox’s hype man for the entire franchise and this trailer should not be any different. We got a chance to talk with Liefeld about his reaction from the trailer, the on-screen portrayal of Brolin’s Cable, Fox’s masterful marketing of Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds’ spectacular abilities behind the camera.
Hey, how’s it going Rob. I know you’re probably pretty excited today.
“This is a great day, man. This is such a great day. I’ve been waiting for today like you have no idea. Like, C’mon, ‘when are we gonna release this stuff? When are we gonna Show this to the fans?’ It happened and people have flipped out. In a good way.”
Since you’re the creator of Deadpool did you see the trailer before everyone else did or did you watch it with the rest of us?
“Yeah, today was not my first time viewing it. I was fortunate enough to see it not too long ago. That’s why I was just so excited. I knew that they had done it again. They never slip up on this stuff. They take the pact with the fans really seriously and I think the fans can see how much care they put into this stuff. The reactions are just typically fantastic. I knew that people were gonna flip out. The skit, the footage and finally seeing Josh [Brolin] in all his glory. So, yeah it’s just great.”
What was your first reaction after seeing Cable get the focus in the trailer?
I had known for a long time that this was gonna be a Cable centric spot. But, here’s the deal, having been on set and seeing Josh and Ryan do their thing up close and personal. And witnessing that, I got obviously a ton of satisfaction. But I just feel like I have a certain rapport with the fans and I know how badly — I mean all you have to do is look at my social media at any point during the day or in the last 3 months — ‘Where’s the real Trailer?! Where’s my footage?! When are we gonna see Josh’s Cable?!’ And Fox, they’re very cool with it and actually, they’ve completely won me over with how they handle everything. They basically starve everybody out and it’s brilliant. Like today, look, every other major movie has played their hand for the summer. So, Deadpool played their cards last. Everybody else jocking for position and today they have the entire space all to themselves, they knew what they had, they released it, people saw it, people saw how wonderful the movie looks. I mean it looks amazing David Leitch, I call him master Leitch. He is freaking amazing. The way he shoots this film it’s gorgeous and then, obviously, he’s one of, if not the best action director in the business with his tremendous stunt background. So you knew the action was gonna be great. I mean when Cable debuts, its relentless. You feel it. He’s relentless. Like ‘oh crap can this guy be stopped?’ I mean, look at how great Josh looks and now everybody sees it. We’ve been dining out on those two photos from Instagram since July and now people got to see him move and portray Cable. People on my social media are just blowing up, ‘that’s the voice! He’s got the voice! Oh my gosh he looks amazing’ and of course look man, the movie is called Deadpool for a reason. I mean Ryan is amazing, he is nothing short of spectacular and seeing them all come together, it’s just very exciting and May 18 can’t get here fast enough. I’m just excited for the entire crew, for Ryan, who’s obviously brought his very best produceorial efforts in addition to carrying the movie as its lead and for David and Josh and everybody involved, it’s just exciting to see the world respond the way it has.
You said that Fox handled this masterfully. They really did. A lot of the surprises that were in the trailer like the casting of Terry Crews. I wasn’t expecting that and they had possibly a few X-Force members that were kept secret until today. How do you feel about Crews being apart of Deadpool 2?
“I can’t comment on anything outside of Josh, Ryan and David Leitch. I’m so glad that you liked what you saw. I’m so glad you’re interested in investigating it further but I can’t be the guy. And again I do believe Fox has handled it all masterfully. They’re just in the zone. They’ve been in a zone since Deadpool obviously carried over with Logan — look at all of the acclaim and the success that that had. Hats off to these guys. Following up a giant hit film like Deadpool, people forget all the records it broke. I mean it’s only been two years, but because we get divulged with so much of this, people forget all of the accomplishments this little Deadpool film achieved and now, following that up did not come without its own pressure, right? When I was there and I saw how big the scope and the scale — but it had not lost any of what we loved, the Ryan Reynolds of it all, the Deadpool humor, the self-effacing, the relevant commentary. But, I mean now with a giant scale. I really compare it to, my generation we loved Alien. We loved it. It was a brilliant movie and then six, seven years later James Cameron came along — bigger budget, bigger scope, bigger scale and Alien and Aliens are two equally beloved movies and really that’s what we’re looking at here. Deadpool 1 is a brilliant movie. It deserves all of the acclaim and success, but Deadpool 2 does everything thing you would want in regards to a sequel, expanding it and revisiting these characters and building out the cast.”
Last question. What are you most excited about for Deadpool 2?
I’m excited for everyone to experience the entire journey. Between the Bob Ross trailer which I think you saw nine seconds of footage in that and then today if you take the skit out, I think you saw 50 seconds. So, all total the public has seen one minute of this two-hour movie. So just imagine all that there is yet to take in and to enjoy and to see. So I’m just excited because I’m telling you dude, bring the popcorn and maybe some extra padding cause you’re gonna want to go right back in and see it again. Make sure you got good seats. I’m just excited for people to take the journey. It’s a hell of a journey bringing Cable into the story, bringing Domino and I’m telling you, Fox Marketing has not only handled it masterfully, but Ryan and David Leitch have just killed it.
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Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers/Cable, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapcic as Piotr Rasputin/Colossus, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, and Karan Soni as Dopinder. Julian Dennison, Jack Kesy and Shioli Kutsuna join the cast in undisclosed roles.
Deadpool 2 is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 18, 2018.