Another year, another San Diego Comic Con. This year’s Comic Con featured many great announcements and star-studded panels. In addition the general festivities associated with the Con, this year included another variable in the arena of “leaked footage.” Not only was there the standard threat of attendees filming debut footage and releasing it online, there was the added temptation of apps like periscope. There were many in attendance who streamed the panels live, it must have been a nightmare for security.
There was debut footage shown for Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as others. Though those properties are exciting, we have already seen a “preview” of Deadpool and we pretty much know what to expect with Apocalypse (that’s not a knock on the film, any Bryan Singer X-Men movie is something to be anticipated). I feel the best presentation was from the upcoming DC Comics adaptation, Suicide Squad. The footage was leaked earlier in the weekend, and as a result Warner Bros’ have decided to release a “first look” at the film.
That’s it. That might just be my most anticipated film of next year. I am a huge Batman fan and I’m excited for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As seen from our breakdown of the trailer though, it seems apparent that the film might be too stuffed. That film looks part Man of Steel sequel, part solo Batman film, and part set-up for the entire DC Cinematic Universe. On the other hand, Suicide Squad looks like a film. More than just a comic-book event, this looks like a film that will be equal in both the spectacle and the emotional core. Beyond that, this looks like something that could even be rated R (one can hope right).
The movie is written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) and stars a great looking ensemble cast. The film will focus of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) gathering “the worst of the worst” for a special task force to take down threats. You could view the Suicide Squad as a team of anti-heroes, but they may be giving them too much credit. These aren’t heroes,
“All this good versus evil shit is played out…It’s time for bad versus evil.”
-David Ayer, Comic Con
If the trailer is any indication, the film will focus primarily on Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). The Squad is filled out by DC’s roster of (darker) villians, Slipknot, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Katana, Killer Croc, El Diablo and more I’m sure. There was a lot to love in this trailer. The dark tone not only fits with the other DC films, but looks to be perfectly dour in this team of bad guys.
Just in the few lines of dialogue, I totally buy Will Smith’s Deadshot and look forward to him starring in a comic book film. Harley Quinn has always been a fan favorite since her creation in Batman: The Animated Series and she looks to be wonderfully portrayed in the upcoming movie. There’s something so off putting by someone doing evil things while beings so upbeat and brightly colored. Speaking of wild characters…
I know this is just a “first look” and we were only given a few seconds of footage, but consider me on the Jared-Leto-Joker bandwagon. There are rumors that the Joker is in fact the villain of the movie, and that totally makes sense. The Joker, in whatever iteration, has never truly been a team player (unless you count 1966’s Batman: The Movie). I like the idea of him being on the sidelines having his own adventure, it doesn’t look like this Joker would work for anybody.
In the coming years, I hope the fan community holds back from having conversations that deal with, “who played a better Joker? Ledger of Ledo?” First off, it looks like both versions are scary and magnificently performed. Second, it seems as though the filmmakers recognize the once-a-generation performance from the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and they have strived to create a different Joker. I’m sure we will be dissecting the trailers until its release next August, let me just say this now on Day 1 of Suicide Squad coverage. The Dark Knight’s Joker was an anarchist, Suicide Squad’s Joker is a psychopath. In just one line of dialogue, I was truly afraid of this character. That’s good writing, that’s a good performance, and I could not be more excited for the film.
Suicide Squad will be released on August 5, 2016.