Trailer Tuesday: Suicide Squad

Written by Logan J. Fowler and Justin Matchick

Trailer Tuesday

Suicide Squad

Release Date: August 5th, 2016

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood, Ben Affleck, Jay Hernandez

Director: David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch)

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: People were already looking past Batman V. Superman when they saw the trailer for Suicide Squad. In an effort to shake up the comic book movie dynamic, they put the bad guys at the forefront, and hopefully this idea works, as the DCU stumbled out of the gate with its clash of titular titans. Suicide Squad, you’ve got a mess to clean up, but the question is, can you? –LJF?

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: When we took a look at the first Suicide Squad trailer last July I was on the fence about the whole film. Jared Leto’s first impressions as the Joker didn’t particularly win me over and we were so far from the actual release of the film that it was difficult to pin down exactly what mood they were going for, a dark and gritty story of DC’s worst villains or a fun look at some of the more eccentric bad guys that superheroes have to deal with. With news that the movie went through extensive re-shoots over the past few months to better define the tone of the film, I’m excited to see how it will look moving forward towards August. – JTM

Rate the Trailer: 4 out 5. I’m not a huge DC fan, nothing against them, just never got into their characters, except Batman of course. However, I am looking forward to this movie immensely. The drab, gloomy nature of Batman V. Superman seems to not exist in this movie except with the colors mainly, and the cast seems to be having fun. Bad guys have the most fun, right? So that makes sense, and it’s necessary 100%. With the inclusion of the long time awaited Harley Quinn (perfectly cast choice in Margot Robbie) making her first cinematic appearance, and a possible awesome performance of Leto as the Joker (plus Affleck donning the cape once again), the Suicide Squad trailer shows has the makings of a DCU A+ effort. Let’s hope it delivers. -LJF

Rate the Trailer: 4 out of 5. I’m glad to see they seem to be running in the opposite direction of the critically lambasted Batman vs Superman and are aiming to making this a lot more fun. Rumor has it that the re-shoots were mostly to add more humor and a lighter tone to the movie in the wake of the success of Deadpool. The use of Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz” definitely gives off a fun-loving vibe and adds a lot of energy to the trailer. The diverse collection of psychotic bad guys that form the Suicide Squad all seem to work really well together, and Margot Robbie has a fantastic grasp on her characterization of Harley Quinn. Leto’s Joker was kept to a minimum in this trailer, and I’m wondering if that’s an effort to make him more mysterious or a reaction to the negative fan backlash from the previous trailer. – JTM

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater. August used to be a dumping ground for meh summer flicks, but Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the films a couple years ago that broke through that realm. I fully believe Suicide Squad will do the same. I look forward to the DCU finally gaining some much deserved steam, and changing up the comic book movie genre a bit. –LJF

Theater, Rent, Undecided, No Thanks? Theater. After the overlong slog of the dour Batman vs Superman, I’m really hoping that Suicide Squad can resurrect my hopes for the expanded DC Cinematic Universe. Questionable Joker performance by Jared Leto or not, I’m fully on board with the way they’re handling this movie and am really looking forward to seeing how it turns out. – JTM

Suicide Squad gets together on August 5th, 2016


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