Earlier this week, 20th Century Fox held two surprise screenings of Deadpool for fans in Los Angeles and New York, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Among the crowd in Los Angeles happened to be Deadpool co-creator himself, Rob Liefeld, who addressed the audience once the showing was over.
What did he have to say? Here’s a small part of his comments made to those in attendance:
This is my second time seeing [Deadpool] and it was even better than the first time. This movie comes out twenty-five years to the day we published him at Marvel and you couldn’t get a better gift if you’re a Deadpool fan. I have seen twenty-five years of stories come and go, and Rhett [Reese] and Paul [Wernick] will tell you, back in 2009 I freaked out when I read the screenplay because Deadpool has never ever been better than he was in that screenplay and when I saw this movie six weeks ago I was like, ‘How much of this script will carry?’ And what you just saw is the best version of Deadpool I have ever experienced in my life.
How’s that for a ringing endorsement?
I suppose after the whole debacle of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, any portrayal is a good one. But judging by what we’ve seen from the Merc With a Mouth, including the hilarious marketing blitz, the upcoming film will be faithful to the character people have come to love—and Liefeld very much approves.
Deadpool is set for a Feb. 12, 2016 release.