With just 10 days until Deadpool hits theaters, two new international TV spots have debuted, where the Merc With the Mouth wishes all of his fans in Hong Kong and Taiwan a happy Year of the Monkey. On February 8, the Chinese New Year begins, and this year marks the Year of the Monkey, the ninth of 12 animals recurring within the Chinese Zodiac cycle. The videos below are catering specifically for the Hong Kong and Taiwanese markets, though, since this superhero won't be seen in China at all.
Last month, we reported that China banned this superhero adventure due to graphic language, violence and nudity. The Chinese territory has emerged in recent years as the second biggest box office market in the world, behind the U.S., so we'll have to wait and see if the Chinese ban will put a big dent in the Merc's box office receipts. As far as the Chinese New Year goes, each year is also paired with one of the five elements, Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey, which only comes around once every 60 years. According to China Highlights, the Fire Monkey is described as, "Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable." Does that sound like any Mercs we know?
In addition to these TV spots, we also have three new photos, and word that the British Board of Film Classification have rated the film 15, which, interestingly enough, is the British equivalent of a U.S. PG-13 rating. The BBFCA handed out the rating for, "strong bloody violence, strong language, sex references." This is essentially the same reasons the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave the movie a more restrictive R-rating, for "strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity."
If that wasn't enough, Deadpool has even gone out of his way to create his own hilarious "clickbait" site dubbed ClickPooler.com. The site features a number of different "clickbait" type headlines that you can share on your Facebook or Twitter pages, but when your unsuspecting friend clicks on the link, they'll simply find a photo of the Merc, revealing that they've fallen for Deadpool clickbait. For those with friends who are hardcore Deadpool fans, you may want to avoid the numerous articles about "chimichangas," since they may be a dead giveaway. Check out ClickPooler.com to start baiting your friends today.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, with Deadpool telling the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Take a look at these new videos and photos, and stay tuned for more on Deadpool.