As it does every year, Comic-Con brings us new movie footage over which to lather ourselves into a frenzy and then promptly spiral downward into a critique-filled volcano. Last weekend’s event was no different, with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, and Warcraft all showing off new footage/trailers. Today we’re going to talk about NONE of those movies. Instead we’re taking a look at the next film in the DC film universe following BvS:DoJ. It’s time for Suicide Squad. And just like every year when a studio tries to keep their special Comic Con footage a special treat for those in attendance (a crappy practice), some fan on the very left of row 26 manages to film and upload it for all the masses to see in awkwardly angled glory. So instead of trying to shut down every fan post out there, Warner Bros has simply uploaded the trailer in its full HD glory. PRESS THE PLAY BUTTON.
-OH MY GOD. HARLEY. JOKER. BATMAN. HARLEY. DEADSHOT. KILLER CROC. AMANDA WALLER. HARLEY. Katana… Enchantress…Rick Flagg…captain boomerang? BUT WAIT, HARLEY!!! Okay, so the characters kinda fall off after the first few squaddies, but that’s to be said of most team-up flicks. I don’t care about Rick Flagg. And while Captain Boomerang isn’t a bad character per se, Jai Courtney can go suck eggs. (And yes, I am a rapscallion from the 1930’s.) In any case, the inclusion of Joker AND Batman ensures this movie has its star power, even if casual fans don’t know more than a few of the villains involved.
-I’m gonna take a random stab and say that our main characters are gonna be Deadshot (Smith) and Harley (Margot Robbie). Because Will Smith and HARLEY. No way Fresh Prince signs up for a side role. But we got a fair amount of Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) in that trailer, too. Lots of origin-telling to be found.
-This movie is dark. Dirty. And rated R. Which is precisely how it should be. That might affect its box office, but just like with Deadpool, it’ll allow WB to present the movie the way it should.
-Joker has tattoos. Deal with it.
-BATMOBILE CHASE. I’m excited to see Batman as essentially a cameo in someone else’s movie. Even if it’s the briefest of flashes.
-I still haven’t quite figured out what the Squad’s mission is supposed to be, not that I’m scouring the ‘net for clues on that matter. I’m watching this trailer and then avoiding most of the news that comes out. The easy guess is that they’ve been told to capture/kill the Joker. That’d be super fun, right?
-Looks like we’ll be watching Joker “perform” on Dr. Harleen Quinzel. This will be creepy as hell.
To be honest, I’m more excited for this than I initially thought. This will be a drastic change of pace from the other superhero movies we’ve been seeing for the past several years. A villain-centric flick will be the kind of fresh air the soon-to-be overly saturated genre will benefit from. I’m ready for the pain. Are you?