Recently I wrote an article on my ideal line-up for the Suicide Squad, which I really enjoyed doing and it seemed to get a positive feedback, so cheers guys! And it's started to get me really excited about the movie and how awesome it's going to be. So yeah, here's why the Suicide Squad is going to absolutely kick ass in 2016:
Whichever way you argue in the Marvel vs. DC battle, one thing that it's hard to deny is that all things considered, DC has the better rogues gallery. Now that's not to say that Marvel has no good villains, I'm a great lover of Ultron, Krang, Galactus and so on and so forth. But the volume itself of DC's rogues gallery is monumental both in terms of quality and quantity. Which is why when you consider it closely, putting Suicide Squad as the first film to follow Batman v. Superman doesn't sound all that risky. The fact is that there are so many awesome line-ups for Task Force X and all of them manage to have something unique and something interesting thanks to the diversity and depth of the vast majority of even their C-list villains. No, not every villain ever in a DC comic is fantastic (ever heard of Polka-Dot man?) but it's a universe that concentrates more on the rogues than the the Marvel world does, so it makes absolute sense to make one of the first products a movie about those villains.
2) David Ayer is Directing
Among this guy's writing credits are 'Training Day' and 'End of Watch', both well received films critically and commercially. He also wrote and directed the recent 'Fury', which has been met with even greater acclaim and is about: a bunch of not very likable ass-holes who fight a war even though they don't particularly want to, and it centralizes on how it would just plain suck to be in a war while still managing being an enjoyable action film. Sounds like there's a lot of elements that would be similar to an ideal 'Suicide Squad' film. Throw in the fact that he says it's going to be "Dirty Dozen with super-villains" and my confidence in him couldn't get much higher. He brings a real grit and grounded feel to his films and both his directing and writing complement each other well. He's had some not so great films, true, like 'Sabotage' but the other 4 of his 5 directing credits have all been between solid and really good in my mind. All of this gives him the credentials to make a fantastic film out of this material which is just perfect for his style.
3) The underworld
So far we've never seen a movie that delves very deep into the kind of behind-the-scenes world of superheroes. For example, how do villains interact with each other? How do villains act when they're not being villains? What kind of plans do the black-ops government set up when Aliens start invading? That last one has actually been looked into a couple of times before if I'm honest, but you get the idea. There's a whole criminal network that [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) is perfectly placed to show us and we all want to see it. We want to see how the C-list villains get treated by Lex Luthor. Do they have their own kind of ranking system for each other to show who the top dogs are? If we get to see the streets and the underground activities of this world, it fleshes out the bigger, Justice League style films and develops a universe fully into a world that you can believe, and feel a part of.
4) Transcending Genres
Suicide Squad is not going to be an action comedy. It's much more likely to be, as I mentioned before, "Dirty Dozen with super-villains" and that's something we haven't experienced before in a film. Taking reluctant hero to a whole new level sounds like a fun place to go. In fact, I think it could make for a pretty great action horror hybrid. Think about it. A group of several expendable villains all going on a suicide mission where they get picked off one by one by an unknown enemy as the film goes along, with an awesome reveal at the end of who the antagonist was. But that's very much unlikely to happen. Still, this band of misfits almost write their own script for their film and while watching them all have to overcome their contempt for a common goal sounds a touch generic, what sets them apart from say, [The Avengers](movie:9040) is that they can (and probably will) still all hate each other at the end of the film. They're all motivated by self-preservation and they would even go so far as killing each other off if they felt like it. These are out and out killers who will, at the end of the day, go back to murdering people if they survive the mission, and it's not going to be like anything we've ever seen, hence the new genre for a superhero film sounds pretty interesting to me.
5) Not for kids
It's impossible to make a good Suicide Squad property that's child-friendly. You could probably make a decent film if it was a PG-13 (or a 12 for us Brits) but it wouldn't be a true Suicide Squad. Task Force X is made of psychopaths, assassins and twisted monsters. If there was no uncensored guts, gore and violence it would take away from what makes the source material great. Okay, I'll admit I'm being a little harsh. There's a lot more to the Suicide Squad than wanton death, but it is one of the things that makes it stand out as a comic property. Yes, there are other dark heroes, like Batman, but he's not going to blow a guys head off for not obeying order like Amanda Waller probably will at some point. Or shoot a guy through the head because he's a little ticked off, like Deadshot probably will. There have been very few standout adult comic book movies ever, though I am quite a fan of the Punisher movie, warts and all (not to mention Watchmen, Dredd and V for Vendetta). But while it's not completely necessary, it would be awesome to see a properly unrestricted take on the Suicide Squad. (But for full disclosure, we do NOT need a Harley - Deadshot "thing")
So those are the five reasons that Suicide Squad is going to be absolutely awesome come 2016. Do you agree or do you think that the film doesn't have potential? Or are there any points you feel I missed out? Feel free to let me know in the comments, and until next time guys, enjoy your lives!!!