Welcome back to Talk Movies to Me and the continuation of my top five most anticipated movies for the upcoming year. For those of you who are new to this page or this list, I have been counting down the five movies I am most excited to see this year. Tonight, I will reveal both number two and one. This post will mostly cover number two since my first favorite movie has already been released. Instead of writing a post about why I am excited about a movie I have already seen, I will refer you to my review of that movie (which most of you probably can already assume which movie I am talking about. Thank you to all who have read this list and anything else that I have written. I greatly appreciate it.
#2: Suicide Squad
The runner-up on my list is the movie that has no true good guy within the movie. This movie is a group of misfits and criminals teaming up to perform some dangerous mission for the greater good of humanity (and their heads). Suicide Squad has been a movie that I have been excited about since I heard about who was directing this film. The cast has been mostly acceptable and then that last trailer put it on a slingshot all the way up to number two.
Today I searched the release date of this movie and was sad to see that I have to wait all the way until August to see this movie. Rounding out the summer of comic book movies, Suicide Squad seems to be the perfect way to cap it all off. A film directed by David Ayer featuring a few of DC’s best villains is an ideal scenario for me. I am a fan of Ayer’s work. Fury was one of my favorite movies of 2014. It was shortly after watching that movie is when I heard that he was signed on by Warner Brothers to direct this movie. It could have been the hype from watching Fury, but I was sold on this movie from there. Ayer has also made great movies like Training Day and End of Watch. Also, the man has been marketing this movie well via social media. Ayer seems to know what he is doing with this movie, which is quite refreshing compared to how Warner Brothers has handled Dawn of Justice. Simply watch the last trailer to see how well this movie has been marketed, which is a partial credit to Ayer as well. It cannot go without saying that Ayer has had some duds in his filmography. Luckily for me, I have not watch those duds. However, the fact is that Ayer’s track record is essentially hit or miss. His movies are either good or bad, rarely has he had one that was in the middle. While that could be daunting sign, two of his most recent movies have been well received. Ayer is a good director who can deliver a quality movie. This movie seems like it will be another great one for his filmography.
While there are three other movies being released this year with multiple comic book characters teaming together, Suicide Squad has the best cast and characters to have success with this formula. While Civil War has more star power and X-Men: Apocalypse is already established, Suicide Squad has the easiest characters to have numerous ones jammed packed into one movie. Looking at the characters who are in this movie, only one truly deserves a backstory: Harley Quinn. Even though Will Smith is playing Deadshot, there is not a requirement to give his entire backstory to make the character work. The reason why Harley needs a backstory is because of fan appeal and her connection to the Joker. Jared Leto’s Joker also does not need some origin story in this movie either. All of these characters except Harley can simply be thrown into the fray of the origin of the Suicide Squad. Killer Croc, El Diablo, Katana, and Captain Boomerang are characters who simply fit into their jigsaw space without having to waste ten minutes on how they came to be whom they are. A two minute montage would suffice enough to show audiences how these characters were captured and left under the watch of Amanda Waller. Similar to Guardians of the Galaxy a few lines of dialogue can work as to explain the backstory of a character or two. The framework of the source material allows more freedom to focus on the plot of the movie rather than constant character background checks.
Now it is time to shift from the characters to the people who are portraying them. To start, I am going to address my initial largest complaint about the casting of this movie. This has nothing to do with Jared Leto as an actor, but I did not want to see the Joker in this movie. The constant recasting or rebooting of characters annoys me at times. For me, it was too soon to recast the Joker since Heath Ledger’s performance. My distain for this casting was not out of hatred; it was more so sympathetic. Leto would be compared to Ledger, which would be unfair since Ledger produced an Academy Award winning performance. However, since seeing the trailers, I am excited to see Leto’s take on the clown. Thankfully, this Joker seems to be a different take on the character which is why it will be successful (similar to Ledger’s Joker being different than Nicholson’s performance). Margot Robbie casted as Harley Quinn is a solid choice. She is a solid actress who has proven she can act in a big movie. Her role will most likely be the most prominent one in the entire movie which she should be able to handle. Will Smith as Deadshot was a bit of a surprise since it is an ensemble cast. Smith has proven he can be a great actor and he is in an upswing after a solid role in Concussion. The only concern is that the size of his name will mean his character will demand too much screen time. Another A-list actor who was supposed to be in this movie was Tom Hardy as Rick Flag. It is disappointing to have Hardy drop out of the role due to scheduling conflict, but Joel Kinnaman should be a suitable replacement. Also, with Kinnaman not being as big of a star as Hardy, it may mean that other characters were allowed more screen time. I could continue on about the other castings in this movie, but the other major one that needs to be addresses is perhaps the best supporting character casting in a comic book movie since J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. Viola Davis is Viola Davis waiting to be in a movie. She could not be more perfect for this role. When I was hearing rumors of other actresses being considered, I was legitimately getting angry about it. She rounds out the solid casting of the baddies in this movie.
This movie seems like it is going to have a similar tone to Guardians of the Galaxy. It will most likely be a bit more hard-hitting than Guardians was, but the comedy will be about the same. The last trailer was a fantastic one that was only rivaled by the number one movie on this list. If one was iffy about this movie, that last trailer should have sold them on it. The chaos within the trailer mixed with the chaotic “Bohemian Rhapsody” perfectly combine to set the theorized tone of this movie. I watched that trailer five times on the day it was released. It made me excited for Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. That is an amazing feat because Courtney has not done much good in his acting career thus far. The entire trailer and other factors made this movie be number two on my list. The only reason it is not number one is the fact that Deadpool seemed like a movie that was going to be the best of this year since the test footage was released. My number one movie is Deadpool, which now I will direct you to the review of that movie: https://moviepilot.com/posts/3781566.
That completes the list of my most anticipated movies of 2016. What do you think of my list? What movies are you most excited for? Please leave a comment down below to start a conversation about it. Thank you all for reading this post and this list. If you have not read the previous entries, go to my page on Moviepilot to read it at moviepilot.com/talkmoviestome. Follow me on Twitter for more movie stuff @talkmoviestome. I hope to see you return for other posts about news, reviews, or lists.