My Take On The Second Suicide Squad Trailer
This week another brick was added to the foundation of the DC Cinematic Universe with the official trailer of The Suicide Squad being released. Based on the comic of the same name, Suicide Squad features a group of “B List” Super Villians forced to save the world.
While Superman V Batman: Dawn Of Justice and Wonder Woman may be DC’s bread and butter, this latest trailer has propelled Suicide Squad to my most anticipated DCU release and here is why:
It’s A Darker Version Of Guardians Of The Galaxy.
The trailer opens in what appears to be Belle Reve, the DC universe’s red headed stepchild of penitentiaries. As Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody begins to play on the soundtrack, the trailer begins to cut to each villain in their cell as we begin to meet the main players. The visuals are dark and gritty but there’s enough well placed comedic moments to keep Suicide Squad light.
Don’t get me wrong I love what the Marvel Universe has done for comic book movies. As a kid all I had been this:
and possibly even more upsetting, this.
So I can truly appreciate what Marvel is doing, they are entertaining lighthearted action flicks. Judging by the trailers and what we have gleaned off the internets DC is in the position to deliver us much more edgier Superhero content. That is what is most exciting about Suicide Squad to me.
The Casting Is On Point
Clearly Harley (Margot Robbie), Deadeye (Will Smith) and the Joker (Jared Leto) are stars of the show being DC’s most iconic characters featured in this film. The trailer does a fantastic job of not leaning too heavily on the actors star power and showcases each Super Villians powers and personalities in a cool way, such as Capt. Boomerang (Jai Courtney) punching out a guard and pausing in the middle of a battle to sneak a beer. My only concern (and millions of fan boys out there) is Jared Leto’s Joker. More on that in a bit.
Hello Tongue Meet Cheek
From the 70’s style poster Worst Heroes Ever tagline to the trailers final shot of Harley Quinn stating “We’re bad guys it’s what we do”. It’s clear that Suicide Squad isn’t going to take itself to seriously, a good counterpoint to Batman V Superman.
Theres a whole lot of awesome here, Time Warner has certainly generated the buzz and narrative they set out to create, However the Suicide Squad trailer does raise a few concerns for me:
Here’s The Obligatory OMFG Jared Leto Is Ruining My Childhood Rant
From the moment he was casted, Leto has caused mixed reactions, and this trailer doesn’t do anything to put the fanboys at ease. I was hoping with the second go around with the Suicide Squad trailer we would get a bit more of a reveal of Leto owning the Joker role. Unfortunately Leto’s Joker has sounded distinctly Ledger-esque so far, which is very disappointing. I have no doubts when it comes to Leto’s acting ability, but I am not interested in seeing the Dark Knight’s methodical, calculating Joker anymore, Ledger nailed that. It’s time to see the stone cold crazy, irrational Joker. These are some very big clown shoes to fill, let’s hope the trailer isn’t doing Leto justice.
Can Someone Tell David Ayer This isn’t part of the Fast And Furious Franchise?
Booty shots and car races are littered throughout the trailer, and one can’t blame Ayer for going back to the well as the FF franchise has made a kabillion bucks, but stop it David Ayer, just stop it.
The Enchantress Is Not Enchanting
Time Will Tell For The Suicide Squad
Overall the new Suicide Squad trailer did it’s job in getting me intrigued enough to be purchasing a ticket come this summer, and while there’s a ton of speculation and Hype surrounding the DC Snyderverse, for good or ill, let’s take a moment and be glad that these stories have a chance to be told.
Our alternative could be: