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So just in case you have not seen the newest Suicide Squad trailer, please watch the video below before reading further.
Great! Now that we're done with that, let's kick this chicken. First and foremost let me say that I was anticipating the release of BvS more than 'Suicide Squad.' I felt that BvS was the sure bet in DC's line up to succeed and be as close to flawless as possible. Now that it has come and gone i place my hope in Suicide Squad to repair the damage done. Hopefully it does so in spite of the aspects I feel weaken it. With that said, let us continue.
The trailer begins as the camera zooms in on the White House. Amanda Waller is in the war room discussing the potential risk of Superman turning on humanity with several military officials. In this scene she introduces to them the idea of creating a special unit of "a team of some very bad people who I think can do some good." As the scene moves we see glimpses of the anti-heroes locked up in individual cells, likely in various prisons and are first greeted by...
LOL, just kidding on the pic but darn if his design doesn't remind me of this. We first see Killer Croc in a cell that seems to be designed like a sewer, apparently to keep him healthy as he requires moisture to survive. This was well thought I feel but just cannot get over IMO the worst depiction of Croc I have ever seen. I really wonder what went through the costume designers mind as they made this. Granted he does seem intimidating but i feel that is due mostly to the actor portraying him and not the make up. Nevertheless i will not judge it too harshly because of the intimidation factor alone. I hope he does the role justice.
Harley, El Diablo, Deadshot and the rest are given a moments glance as they set up Rick Flagg's entrance and his speech about how he will kill any of them who step out of line. I was pleasantly surprised to see what looks like each member being injected. I can only assume this is the microchip, or whatever the use, that will explode if any of them fail at compliance. I am glad to see them following the source material in this aspect as it is a good sign that they will continue to do so.
After some set up and one liners by the cast we are shown an aerial view of Midway City as it burns. Something big is causing major havoc and apparently the Suicide Squad is sent to handle it. After their ride is shot from the air the group finds themselves on the ground fighting the yet to be disclosed villain of the film. At this point I feel it is fair to say that whoever has been putting together the Suicide Squad trailers have done a remarkable job. One of BvS' biggest glaring issues was the fact that the trailers gave far too much away. Not only did they too much away but they placed key scenes in the trailers that gave away major plot points. Some would say that if you watch the trailers for BvS and someone puts them in order, you have basically the entire movie. I am elated to see that SS has not ventured down this terrible path. They have given details enough to keep you intrigued yet we still have no real idea of how the movie unfolds.
Now we have all heard about the re-shoots SS has made and the speculation as to why they have made them. I am unsure if any of the new film was used for this trailer but it seems there is little more humor and action in this trailer than the previous ones. I like their to be a little humor. Though I enjoyed BvS practically being devoid of humor i feel it got heavy handed at times. It seems SS will try to avaoid that mistake. The only issue i have with the humor though is there has to be balance based on the subject matter. This is where some of my fears come in. Yes, I'm that guy. I dont like (at this time) Will Smith as Deadshot. Will is a great actor and has a very wide range of skills. One skill he has never been good with however is portraying charismatic characters. This could be expected though as Will is one of, if not the most charismatic actors of his generation. For an example of what i mean think back to his role as Cypher Rage in 'After Earth.' Cypher had no charisma. no qualities that made him redeemable. Deadshot, if played true to form, is just like Cypher. An excerpt from Wikipedia on Deadshot. "
He has been a major figure in the Suicide Squad in its latest two incarnations, where his skills as a marksman and his disregard for human life serve to advance the group's objectives. Probably his most defining trait is a desire to die in a spectacular fashion, this being his primary motivation for joining the Squad. He feels he has no reason to continue living, and, while he does not want to commit suicide, he simply does not care if he dies. Various reasons have been cited for this, but the most common thread in them is his parents' peculiar hatred for one another.
My fear, that the trailers corroborate, is that Deadshot will be the "Quirky Leader." Now I know writers take liberties with adaptations, I am fine with that. My question is when do liberties create entirely new characters?
Margot looks incredible as Harley and as a fan my only gripe is the absence of the accent. I just wish they could have made that happen. I was also excited to see her with her iconic mallet in the new trailer. Nice work WB, nice.
Which leads me to Jared's portrayal of the Joker. I'm not a fan. Don't get me wrong, it couldn't be worse than trying to pass Jesse Eisenberg off as "The" Lex Luthor but a polished turd as they say. I understand what they are trying to do, i trully do. They are honing in on the psychopath side of the Joker but he is so much more than that. The Joker was always methodical and calculating, i don't see this in Jared's version. I pray I am wrong but I will have to wait and find out.
Besides the few glaring issues I have with a few of the character designs the trailer was great. It gave us a lot of new scenes without over saturating us with plot points. We still dont really know whats going on and it does well making us want to know. I mean who is Scott Eastwood playing as? Who is the villain? Why does Robocop think he can control all these psycho's? Why does the Joker have his grill did? So many questions and we have to wait till August to get the answers. Well here is to 'The Killing Joke' that will come out soon and hopefully tide us over.