Donald Glover’s aborted Deadpool animated series continues to tantalize us with its permanently untapped potential, existing as a never-to-be-realized mash-up between one of the world’s most popular comic book characters and one of its most meteoric modern talents. The show’s sudden abandonment earlier this year feels all the stranger because the series was ultimately shuttered by FX—a network that’s generally been pretty supportive of Glover and his other creative endeavors—and because all we’ve had to go on re: what actually happened were a few comments about “creative differences,” a script Glover claimed was from the series (and which referenced its own cancellation), and some suggestions he made that the network (or possibly Marvel) was uncomfortable with the show’s largely black creative team.
Now, we’ve gotten one more little piece of the puzzle, with Wade Wilson’s co-creator Rob Liefeld weighing in with his take on the Glover iteration of the character. For what it’s worth—which might be “not much”, depending on your personal assessment of Liefeld’s work—he thought Glover’s take on the series was “brilliant,” and was disappointed it’ll presumably never come to light.
Per Variety, Liefeld was asked about Glover’s Deadpool at last night’s premiere of Ant Man And The Wasp. “I thought the whole thing was brilliant,” he said, while cautioning that, “I really can’t say anything more than that or I’ll get into all sorts of trouble from every side.”
But say anything more he did, dipping into one of his trusty pouches of verbal ammunition in order to prepare another salvo: “But I mean, I mourn the loss of that entire project. Donald is a genius, and I’ll always wonder how that would have worked out.” Still, Liefeld knows exactly who Wade’s true masters are: “But Marvel says: ‘Rob, good things are coming.’ And good things have always come, so I’m gonna believe them and hang on for dear life.”