Will Smith Deadshot

The new Suicide Squad trailer is out, and the movie looks like a wild rollercoaster of violence and mayhem. Someone at DC and Warner Bros. was smart enough to make Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody the soundtrack, and the result — at least as far as trailers are concerned — is pure awesomeness.

Harley Quinn Suicide Squad

As someone who has an admitted aversion to anti-heroes, it pains me to say that David Ayer is probably going to get my money opening weekend. Will Smith looks like he’s going to kick butt. Margot Robbie is downright mesmerizing. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Killer Croc” appears to be winner, and we now have a trailer with Freddie Mercury’s voice accompanying people “going someplace very bad” who are “doing something that will get you killed.”

Sold.

The only question mark at this point is Jared Leto’s Joker, which is a total win for Warner Bros. — at least for opening weekend. I personally hope he pulls it off after the disastrous news cycle the studio had with his “Damaged” tattoo.

I’ll see you in theaters Aug. 5. If I don’t, then make sure to stop by the blog and let me know what you thought of the movie. A review will be up in short order.

Joke Suicide Squad

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

  1. Oh we’re probably going to fight over this… (especially as I think the SuSq has been done better on Arrow/Flash than this is going to be). And part of it is… well JOKER!

    First of all, I can’t find (yet) any iteration of the SuSq that has had the big Mr. J in it, but no, if we’re going to have a movie about DC villains, we’ve got to stick THE biggest villain that the public is aware of in it otherwise they might get confused (just like how Guardians of the Galaxy had to have Thor in order to work and avoid confusion– oh wait!).

    Joker – when well done, is THE show stopper. There’s a reason that when he appears in Batman movies, he’s very often the only villain that is present. When he’s well done (heck even when he isn’t) he’s the villain that sticks out, the one people remember. The principle of the SuSq is similar to that of GoG – lesser known villains given a chance to play semi-heroic roles. Putting Joker in there is probably just going to distort it. If he’s done well at all, he’ll overshadow most of the team and it won’t be a “Suicide Squad” movie, it’ll be “Joker and his pals” movie.

    I’m betting this will wind up like Man of Steel: “It’s ok, but it could have been so much better.”

    1. “We’ve got to stick THE biggest villain that the public is aware of in it otherwise they might get confused (just like how Guardians of the Galaxy had to have Thor in order to work and avoid confusion– oh wait!).”

      But Guardians of the Galaxy’s success is a testament to the good reputation that Marvel Studios built for itself over the years. DC/Warner Bros. does not have that — yet. They’re playing catch-up. I can understand why producers, who are putting up millions of dollars, would be skittish. Is the Joker a bit of an insurance policy? Sure. But it’s a rational request by the producers.

      I totally agree with you that it will be a little weird if the Joker is the team’s linchpin, but the poster art suggests otherwise. It shows him detached from the main team — and outsider even among villains.

      You’ve said yourself that you view movies and television like different flavors of ice cream (or something to that effect), but yet you’ll often say the television shows are better. I would take that analogy a step further and say that movies are almost always like gelato and television is almost always like ice cream. Gelato is the superior product. 😉

      That’s why I find the Marvel’s Netflix series interesting. It’s sort of like a scoop of gelato and a scoop of ice cream in the same bowl. Ha!

  2. I agree with Nate. I’m not sold on this movie, either, mostly because it’s the reason why the Suicide Squad characters are no longer allowed to appear on Arrow and The Flash.

    1. Carl, didn’t you get the message? You’re supposed to agree with everything I say. 😉

      I have’t watched Arrow or Flash, so I’m out of the loop in that respect. I readily admit to that one.

  3. I can see why Joker was included, I just think they went for Suicide Squad too soon.

    A good reception to BvS followed by good Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Flash films would maybe have allowed DC to say “trust us”

    I have no doubt I will be there opening weekend though lol

    1. “I just think they went for Suicide Squad too soon.”

      I general I agree with you, although the budget is something that should be taken into consideration. If DC/Warner Bros. got themselves a quality Suicide Squad movie well under the budget of, say, Batman v Superman, then it may very well have been worth it. I think it all really boils down to the following for the studios: a.) Will we turn a profit? and b.) Will it be received well and set the stage for more movies?

      I see Suicide Squad fulfilling both those requirements at this point.

  4. I’m a little unsure of the rather basic dialogue used, but the action beats really sell the film to me. So far they’re keeping a good eye on not revealing too much but still informing us. Pray they do make another mistake like the Batman v Superman trailer that spilled virtually all the beans.

    1. I’m a little unsure of the rather basic dialogue used, but the action beats really sell the film to me.

      I think that will be balanced out by Will Smith’s Deadshot. Smith is really particular about the movies he takes, so I have to assume he demanded substantive dialogue.

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