Rob Liefeld has high hopes for the Cable-Deadpool dynamic

By Nick Romano
July 29, 2017 at 05:29 PM EDT
Everett Collection; New Line Cinema

Are Deadpool and Cable the new Lee and Carter? Rob Liefeld, the comic book creator behind the Merc with the Mouth, has high hopes for when the Marvel mercenary meets the time-traveling psychic in Deadpool 2.

During an interview with at San Diego Comic-Con, Liefeld predicted the dynamic between Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool and Josh Brolin’s Cable to be a lot like Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker’s characters in the Rush Hour movies.

“He’s such a great actor,” he said of Reynolds. “That’s where it starts, and gravitas, and who else really is going to hold their ground with Ryan as Wade/Deadpool. That is energy unbridled, and so you’ve gotta hold your ground. When I see the two of them, I’m like, ‘It’s going to be comic book’s equivalent to Rush Hour,’ and I don’t know if comic fans are ready for it. I think it’s going to be great.”

Liefeld added more on social media on Saturday. “The pairing of Deadpool and Cable has always been a contrast in style and combustible. They have been a buddy cop film pairing,” he tweeted. On Instagram he wrote, “Take your pic[k] from Lethal Weapon to Rush Hour to Turner & Hooch!! But better!!”

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is based on characters that appeared in Liefeld’s Deadpool and X-Force comic books.

Brolin recently appeared at the D23 Expo in California to promote his turn as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, but we’ve only seen what he’s posted on social media of his Cable transformation. Still, he seems to be holding his own against Reynolds with equally snarky Instagram posts.

“If you only see No Country for Old Men and Sicario, you’ve seen two great totally separate Josh Brolin performances,” Liefeld added of the actor. “The Llewelyn who is sullen but determined and doesn’t speak much but you follow him the whole time in No Country, and Sicario, he’s this wild, shoot-em-up C.I.A. guy. The guy is a tremendous actor.”

Deadpool 2 will also see Atlanta costar Zazie Beetz as the mutant Domino, Jack Kesy as the reported villain, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison, and Leslie Uggams returning as Blind Al, among others. Twentieth Century Fox did not promote the film at Comic-Con during its panel presentations, however Reynolds continues posting teases from the set.

Deadpool 2 will open in theaters on June 1, 2018.

This article was updated with Liefeld’s comments on social media.