Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) noted an unusual billboard in the Los Angeles area recently and shared it on social media (via ScreenCrush; see above) with the following comment: "This idiotic/brilliant billboard is why I'm all in on the Deadpool movie." That prompted the official Twitter account for Deadpool to respond with another emoji:
As it happens, the movie has also received its official rating: "R." The Classification and Rating Administration gave the following reasons: "Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity." Of course, that's no surprise, since marketing materials have been touting the planned rating since last year, but fans of the comic book character have every reason to rejoice that the rating has been made official.
Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12.
The following month will see the release of another highly anticipated superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Back in December, the second trailer revealed that the villainous character Doomsday would indeed be making an appearance in the movie.
Movies.com's Chris Clow described Doomsday as "a monstrous force of nature, tearing through anything -- and everyone -- that stood in his path." Some fans were outraged, though, feeling that the trailer's reveal was giving away too much of the story. Director Zack Snyder, however, is not bothered by the criticism: "I know what’s in the movie, so I know there’s other stuff," he told The Daily Beast recently.
Earlier, Snyder had teased that there might be a "bigger enemy" for the Justice League to fight in their first movie together. As to the bigger enemy's identity, he teased: "Well, you have Doomsday, right? He doesn’t just crawl out of the ground. He has his own mythology, right? So that has to be explored… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.”
[Possible spoilers follow.]
Rumors have already started about the identity of that villain. Latino Review claims that the villainous Bizarro will definitely appear "to present a future threat" to the Justice League. In the DC comics, Bizarro was a clone of Superman made by Lex Luthor. Another report at Birth Movies Death suggests that a major sequence has been added to the movie, which would serve to introduce Bizarro.
All we have to do now is wait until March 25, when the movie opens in theaters, and then we'll be able to separate rumors from reality.