The Suicide Squad Trailer Hits. By Andres Guzman.
It’s safe to say that the DCEU is moderately complicated, to say the least. Not only timeline and continuity-wise but also in terms of quality. Some are hits, some are not, and a few are full misses. One of the biggest misses has to be Suicide Squad. A star-studded cast, led by Will Smith and Margot Robbie. What could have gone wrong? Watching the film, a lot.
To be fair, a lot of what went wrong has more to say about Warners Bros, and less to say about David Ayer. With Ayer at the helm of these characters, we were expecting something gritty, mean and violent. Instead, we got “We some kind of… Suicide Squad?” The film was taken over after principal photography, and was re-cut and asked for reshoots to take Ayer’s film feel more comedic. Instead of getting Ayer’s interpretation of these characters, they were looking for one that was more akin to James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. So much so, that when James Gunn was a free agent, they snatched him up to make The Suicide Squad, which seems to be more of an accurate representation of the comics and their characters.
At DC Fandome, we were given a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process, showing us the massive scale that we’re excited to see. We were also given a look at the massive cast list – with bigger stars than its predecessor. Fans of comic books and these characters have been waiting for some time now for this film, and it’s coming out on August 6th, but now, we finally have a proper trailer for the film.
“From the horribly beautiful weird mind of James Gunn” feels more appropriate than “visionary” director. The cast again is massive, filled with stars, character actors, people that we’re going to root for and probably hate to root for as well. The comedy feels way more genuine and nowhere as nearly forced. From the trailer, it seems clear that Gunn is going to truly understand these characters and dynamics. Also, the metal collar that reminded me (and probably others) too much of Battle Royale is gone as well too, which is a great change.
Most importantly, it doesn’t feel like Gunn is making this film into a Guardians rip-off, it feels like a sweet spot right in the middle. Which is more accurate and apt for this group of characters, which are some kind of suicide squad. Plus there’s a freaking kaiju in this.
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