Rob Liefield Explains The Differences Between Deadpool And Deathstroke

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Marvel and DC fans will never fully see eye to eye, with one side always having something negative to say about the other. It was no different when, to the bewilderment of fans, Ben Affleck released test footage of Deathstroke on his social media accounts. Although DC fans were in heaven, a few vocal Marvel fans made sure to voice their opinions on the footage released, comparing DC’s mercenary to Marvel’s less serious version, Deadpool. It’s no secret that Deadpool is a spoof of DC’s Deathstroke, but with the hugely successful Deadpool movie still fresh in fan’s minds it’s no wonder so many people commented on the connection.

The bickering got to a point that Deadpool co-creator, Rob Liefield, decided to step in. Liefield appeared on the YouTube channel Nerdy Pop to discuss just what exactly it was that made Deathstroke and Deadpool different, besides of course that one is a humorous spoof of another. Liefield started the conversation by complimenting DC’s mercenary.

“I love Deathstroke. I’ve loved Deathstroke my entire comic book collecting career. He’s a great character. He deserves to be loved on his own merits.”

He then explains the obvious: The suit. The suits are clearly different colors, and Liefield makes sure to get that point across.

“It might not be as obvious as it seems to me, but Deathstroke is blue and orange.” (He then goes on to repeat saying, “Blue and orange” multiple times)

After that obvious clarification, Liefield pointed out Deathstroke’s wider gloves and boots, while Deadpool wears a skin tight costume. The age difference was also mentioned, as Liefield clarified that one was older and more seasoned.

Check out the entire video from Nerdy Pop, below:

Liefield makes it sound like Deadpool has never been a copy of Deathstroke, even though it is commonly known that that is not the case. I don’t think “Slade” And “Wade” Wilson is a coincidence, which was also conveniently left out of this video. I smell a conspiracy.

Do you believe Liefield that Deadpool was not based on Deathstroke, or do you think he’s a pretty clear spoof? Let us know what you believe down in the comments.

Source: ComicBook.com/YouTube

Josh Behr

Josh Behr

Jack of some trades, master of some others. That saying never really made a lot of sense to me.

  • Matches Malone

    Good on Liefield. Even if DP started as a spoof of Deathstroke the characters could not be any more different now IMHO.

    • Rob

      I think at this point they are different characters, but Liefeld’s explanation was pretty lame.

      • SAMURAI36

        They’re not even remotely “different characters”. They have the same powers, same skills, & same purpose. The only real difference is their personas, which Marvel purposely made DP a bafoon. Other than that, & their color schemes, they are essentially the same character.

        • Rob

          Ummm… Their personas are so different that they make them very different characters. When was the last time Deathstroke broke the fourth wall in the comic? Never. Deadpool is wise cracking anti-hero. Deathstroke is serious and egomaniacal villain.

          Sure Marvel ripped Deathstroke off with Deadpool. They acknowledge as such by naming Deadpool Wade Wilson. But he has transformed into a totally different character. It isn’t uncommon for superheroes to start out in one form and morph into something else over time.

          There are plenty of superheroes with the same powers who are different characters.

          • SAMURAI36

            It’s not just same powers that make them similar. Also, you do realize that Deathstroke is also an anti-hero, right? So there goes that shallow example.

            So how’s about this, let’s name the ways they are similar, against the ways they are different, shall we?

            Both are mercenaries and assassins.

            Both use swords and guns.

            Both have enhanced strength, healing factors, reflexes, etc.

            Both underwent experiments to gain those powers.

            Both were betrayed by their significant others.

            Both are the arch enemy of a group of teens.

            Both are anti-heroes, who have worked alongside their archenemies.

            Both have worked for gov’t sponsored criminal teams.

            Both have nearly identical names (code names and real names)

            Now, let’s examine their differences:

            Deathstroke has one eye, Deadpool doesn’t.

            Deadpool makes jokes, Deathstroke doesn’t.

            Deathstroke dresses like a SWAT team member, Deadpool dresses like Spiderman.

            Did I miss anything?

          • SAMURAI36

            It’s not just same powers that make them similar. Also, you do realize that Deathstroke is also an anti-hero, right? So there goes that shallow example.

            So how’s about this, let’s name the ways they are similar, against the ways they are different, shall we?

            Both are mercenaries and assassins.

            Both use swords and guns.

            Both have enhanced strength, healing factors, reflexes, etc.

            Both underwent experiments to gain those powers.

            Both were betrayed by their significant others.

            Both are the arch enemy of a group of teens.

            Both are anti-heroes, who have worked alongside their archenemies.

            Both have worked for gov’t sponsored criminal teams.

            Both have nearly identical names (code names and real names)

            Now, let’s examine their differences:

            Deathstroke has one eye, Deadpool doesn’t.

            Deadpool makes jokes, Deathstroke doesn’t.

            Deathstroke dresses like a SWAT team member, Deadpool dresses like Spiderman.

            Did I miss anything?

  • bingeit 45

    fanboys need something to fight about, just making issue from every small inconsequential thing

  • AbelLSUjr

    He’s definitely a spoof. I still like him, though, On a side note, Liefield is a nut job and a complete d**k. He’s actually a lot like Deadpool, lol.

  • Matches Malone

    Funny how all he talks about in this video is their appearance. You won’t fool anyone, LIEfeld. Deadpool is just an annoying and cheap parody of Deathstroke.
    But hey, at least Rob is an amazing artist!

    • JMMagwood

      Awesome. More than 20 years later, that still produces side-splitting laughter. Thanks!