Nobody could have predicted that the biggest news of the week coming out of Comic Con International: San Diego would be a leak (and subsequent, official release) of test footage for the long-in-development Deadpool movie.
The film has sometimes been looked at as a lost cause, since when the script which leaked online back in 2010 it became clear that in order to make that film, they would earn an R-rating from the MPAA.
Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has often underscored that feeling, talking about how perfect the script was and how he wouldn't want to see a version of the film made that had to make compromises to be more marketable.
With the enthusiastic response to the test footage, though, there's been a bit of the "...too bad this will never happen..." talk online and (probably partially in response to that), Liefeld has chimed in on Twitter to say, not so fast.
So much mis-information from the mis-informed in regards to Deadpool film. The version under review is a PG-13 version, not an R....— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
The brilliant screenplay has been equally brilliantly modified.... R is not a blockade any longer.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
It's totally understandable if you are feeling impatient upon seeing Deadpool footage. Imagine how the film makers have felt....— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
And how long the wait has been for the guy that conceived of Deadpool!!! I've learned to be Zen...— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
Is that DP will happen eventually, 5-6 years, and as frustrating as that sounds it would still be faster to screen that Spidey, X-Men and FF— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 29, 2014
Liefeld also noted that there was an absence of the blood and language that would typically make for an R-rated film in the test footage (which may be fair; we're not sure how the severed head would play either way but it would be worth trying).