X-Men: Days of Future Past” writer and producer Simon Kinberg caused a small geek riot with the announcement that a solo “Deadpool” movie is on the way in 2016. The mercenary will also be joining the “X-Men” franchise for some extra screen time which is cause for additional celebrations as well. We’ve seen countless reports suggesting that Ryan Reynolds Is expected to reprise his role as the titular character, but no confirmation has been received just yet. Over the weekend at the Comikaze 2014, “Deadpool” comic creator Rob Liefeld reassured fans that the standalone movie would not happen if it were not for Reynolds.

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'Deadpool' Creator Says "Ryan is Deadpool"

‘Deadpool’ Creator Says “Ryan is Deadpool”

Liefeld said:

“Ryan is Deadpool,” “Look, Ryan Reynolds, he’s gone through that same career arc, the guy is ridiculously talented. He has a huge, huge passion for Deadpool. Deadpool’s not happening, because he was a giant star, they said, ‘Ryan, what do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘Deadpool’. That’s why it happened. They would have no faith otherwise. That movie is because of his passion. He put together the team.”

The comic book legend also revealed the possibility of Cable appearing in the spin-off movie:

“Following ‘Wolverine’ 2009, the Donners called me into their office and said, ‘Rob, we want to meet and talk to you about Deadpool, since we’re spinning it off. We know we made some missteps, and we want to get it right.’ So I sat there with a bunch of producers, and we sat for several hours, and we talked about different ideas. And I tried to steer them in directions I think,” “For instance, I’ll tell you, first question they said, ‘Rob, does Cable need to be in the Deadpool movie?’ And I said, ‘No, Deadpool deserves his own function and Cable should come in, in his own movie.’ And they were like, ‘Ok, because we were thinking about…’ And I was like, ‘No, you can do them both separately. They don’t need to be in the same movie.’ Look, we had a long talk, we had some ideas, I can’t share them, some of them made it across the finish line.”

“X-Men” Producer Lauren Shuler Donner once said that Deadpool will not be recast, insisting that Ryan Reynolds will portray the titular character. Tim Miller will direct the pic for 20th Century Fox, with an expected release date set on February 12, 2016.