Rob Liefeld created the characters Deadpool, Cable, Domino, Shatterstar and many others who are making a huge splash on the big screen. One would think that would afford him a certain degree of respect, but the writer/artist says that wasn’t the case when he attended the screening of ‘Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut’ during San Diego Comic-Con. During a Facebook video chat, he revealed that while he’d had a lovely working relationship with the production side of 20th Century Fox, the home video division was another story.
As he stated in the chat:
“I don’t know anything about the Super Duper Cut. What I do know is that entire Fox home video does [division] stuff… Home video is a different department than theatrical. And I worked with Deadpool, the theatrical division, on both movies and they were great people. I loved them.”
“The people behind the home video marketing, there are some smart people, but there’s a [public relations] lady who I just did not feel she was respectful to me. She told me to kind of keep my distance from the cast as they were at the Deadpool suite on the day that everybody was in town for the Deadpool Super Cut promotion. And I was like, OK, you don’t have to ask me twice. So I just kind of withdrew, I chose that moment to tap out.
“Deadpool 2 theatrically was fantastic. It was awesome. But I felt very unwelcome, so I have kind of unplugged from that end of the machine.”
He went on to state that this was Comic-Con and that it was Fox that was essentially the entity that didn’t really belong there.
Well, maybe this PR person was overwhelmed. How often does a home video release get a star-studded premiere? Maybe she wasn’t used to being around Hollywood stars? Or maybe she was just a “star-f***er.”
It’s too bad. After all, without Liefeld, there would be no Deadpool and no movie for this person to promote and no excuse to rub elbows with Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and the rest.
You can watch Liefeld’s video message below (he addresses the issue at approximately the 29:15 mark):
‘Deadpool: The Super Duper Cut’ will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital on August 23, 2018.