After languishing for several years in development hell, 20th Century Fox finally gave the green light to a Deadpool movie yesterday, just a few months after test footage shot three years ago leaked and was praised by the fans.

Newsarama managed to catch up with Deadpool comic book creator Rob Liefeld, who offered the following statement about the movie adaptation finally moving forward, praising the work of director Tim Miller, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and star Ryan Reynolds.

"I am absolutely beyond thrilled that Deadpool has been officially announced! I'm thrilled for Tim Miller, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds as well as all the guys at Blur Studio! This is a tremendous achievement for them! Rhett and Paul wrote a brilliant, and I don't throw that word around loosely, a brilliant script! Audiences are going to go on the ride of their collective lives with this film as they envisioned it! Tim Miller is a genius, he is brilliant as everyone who witnessed the leaked footage witnessed! There is so much more to come! Deadpool fans will freak out when they see all that Tim and the boys have in store for them! This is a huge triumph for all the fans that supported my work on New Mutants, X-Force over the years! The fans deserve this amazing gift from film makers who have proven they have what the fans desire! Very exciting! I know where Me and a gazillion fans will be on February 12th, 2016!"

Rob Liefeld also offered a number of brief statements over the past 24 hours on his Twitter account, where he compares the movie to a Quentin Tarantino project.

The February 12, 2016 release date that 20th Century Fox handed out yesterday almost exactly marks the 25th anniversary of Deadpool's first comic book issue, which hit the stands on February 10, 1991. Are you excited that Deadpool is finally coming to the silver screen? Chime in with your thoughts below.