In the comic book movie world, the heroes always seem to get their day to shine. Marvel has been dominating these movies for the past handful of years, and despite their great quality, one aspect in which they really seemed to have been phoning it in is in the villains department. Their flicks have always been hero-centric, leaving very little room for the bad guys to make much of an impression.
Well, DC and Warner Bros. are looking to change that up with one of their newest films, "Suicide Squad," which follows a whole rogues gallery of villains as they carry out dangerous missions for the U.S. Government. We've all heard the buzz for the past couple of days from the San Diego Comic-Con panel. Apparently, the footage was fantastic, and really accentuates how differently DC is setting up their shared universe. Now's your chance to see what Warner Bros. has to offer after "Batman V Superman."
Check out the trailer below:
So there’s a lot to get excited about here. Very clearly, a good portion of this film takes place deep within the underbelly of the DC universe. As much as I hate using the words “dark” or “gritty,” they’re definitely applicable in this case.
The visual imagery in the trailer is stunning, and the haunting melody of the song “I Started a Joke,” is especially perfect (though it does bear something of a resemblance to “Avengers: Age of Ultron”s “No Strings On Me” song). Fans of the comic knew that the way they introduced Harley Quinn would be key, and the trailer did a serviceable job of making it memorable, with her hanging upside down in her prison cell.
The real impressive work they’ve done here, however, is that they’ve managed to firmly establish that this will be an ensemble flick, made up of many leads, each of which has their own unique story and perspective. So while Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s Deadshot are incredibly important, I don't feel for a second that the entire film is riding on them.
There’s still a potential sticking point this movie may have with fans, however. The men and women who make up Task Force X are bad. Really bad. No doubt in an effort to make the characters more relatable or palatable, WB may opt to make these villains more sympathetic. This makes perfect sense in the world of storytelling, but for those exclusively entrenched in the world of DC comics, it may come across as false to the source material. But honestly, what else can we expect? I’d prefer to watch a flick where I care about the leads, even if they’re not quite as bad as they are in the comics.
Either way, when WB first announced they were doing “Suicide Squad,” this is exactly the type of flick I was looking for. Given the dark and somber tone shown in the trailer, it’s apparent they’ll be pushing the boundaries of what a PG-13 film can be (and hey, maybe we’ll even get an R…no, probably not). I just hope the film doesn’t get pulled under by the weight of its large cast.
And lastly, I can’t write my impressions without bringing up our first peek at Jared Leto’s Joker. To put it simply, I need more. His laugh is interesting—it sounds more like that of a geriatric old man than our typical Joker laugh. Then again, if the man’s tattoos are any indication, this version of the Joker is all about poking fun at how the world perceives him, so that could just be something he puts on. Leto’s voice is a bit of a mix between Heath Ledger’s Joker, and an extra dose of grunge. Some may not like his look, but at the end of the day, we have to remember that it’s Jared Leto under there, and the man has yet to put on a bad performance. After seeing these two lines here, I’m no longer skeptical, but curious about what other elements he’ll bring.
If it seems like I’m being overwhelmingly positive about this trailer, it’s because that’s how I feel. Sure, we can break down all the little missed opportunities or falsities here and there, but as a complete package, the trailer did exactly what I wanted: it got me amped to see this film when it comes out. I want to know the men and women of Task Force X. I want to know their stories, their weaknesses, and their triggers. And by the end of it all, I want to be deeply moved by the tragic end that DC and WB no doubt have in store for them—even if it doesn’t happen by the end of this film.
"Suicide Squad" hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros.