Joker, Jared Leto, Suicide Squad

Trailer Time: Suicide Squad Trailer #3 (2016) *Third Time the Charm for DC?*

Oh, DC.  Sigh, you’re getting a bit of a reality check this year so far, aren’t you?  You’re rebooting your comic universe (shhh no words, you’re rebooting it again no matter what you call it) for the second time in five years, and your grim and gritty review-proof Batman vs. Superman just got knocked out of first place at the box office by a Melissa McCarthy (BADLY REVIEWED) comedy in its third weekend.  What made grim and gritty work so well in Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was that it was written and directed by CHRIS NOLAN.  Now your third film in the DCCU – Suicide Squad – set between Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, has a ton of undue pressure on it and you’ve sent it back for major reshoots to lighten the tone.  Of a movie called SUICIDE Squad.  WB cannot leave things alone, cannot stop corporate tinkering.  They’re the anti-Disney.  They will not be able to make this thing work without doing what they’ll never do: hire someone to run it.  The closest thing they have to that is Zach Snyder and he’s a large part of the reason you’re in the mess you’re in….but you haven’t fired him yet.  It’d be funny if these weren’t great characters deserving of the kind of treatment they get on The CW in the three series there which have been DCU’s greatest successes outside of TDK.

Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn

How much of the reshooting the new trailer reflects, who knows?  It does feature a lot more on Joker and Batman to complement Harley, who was carrying the marketing pretty nicely on her own.  I liked Ben Affleck as Batman, so his inclusion doesn’t bother me.  Heck I liked Henry Cavill as Superman.  The problem was Zach Snyder and David Goyer’s script for BvS, not the cast (except Jesse Eisenberg, who I better never see again in a comic book movie).  Will the tinkering ruin the aesthetic that David Ayer’s film had going that had fans so excited?  We’ll have to wait until August to find out, but if WB ruins this one, their films are just going to become noise that hurts the whole genre.  For what it’s worth, this is my least favorite of the trailers for the film.

Joker, Jared Leto, Suicide Squad

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

The movie hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

3 thoughts on “Trailer Time: Suicide Squad Trailer #3 (2016) *Third Time the Charm for DC?*”

  1. I’ve kind of already lost interest in this entire thing.

    I’ve heard Snyder’s producer/wife talk, and I’m convinced that she and her husband were genuinely enthusiastic about the characters and the movie. Snyder was obviously trying to make a good film in the midst of an atmosphere of shallow corporate groupthink, but his vision of the characters was waaaaaay off, as was his concept of mass entertainment, and nothing worthy ended up shining through. But even the most brilliant director/nerd in the universe could not have salvaged the film the suits wanted BvS to be. And now they’re going to rectify their own obvious, willful mistakes by attempting to ruin a second movie. We’ll see how extensive the reshoots prove to be, but I’m getting the feeling that we’re going to keep getting the shared universe that the WB execs deserve. Ah, well. At least Cap 3 is coming, and then the good doctor.


    1. Disney is going to make more bank this year than even last year. They already have Zootopia, now Jungle Book, then Cap 3, Finding Dory, Dr. Strange, Alice 2 and Rogue One (and that’s without me even looking to see if they’re doing more). If it didn’t come across, I’m contemptuous of WB’s treatment of the DCU. This has been the norm going back to the Superman movies with Chris Reeve. They will NOT STOP MEDDLING. Only Nolan could keep them at bay and they seem to just leave TV alone which has allowed Arrow and all the subsequent series to be so fantastic. Suicide Squad’s dropped out of my top 5 most anticipated for the year in light of all that’s happened and I’m just going in with no expectations anymore.


      1. People complain that it’s all remakes and sequels these days, and that it’s bringing pop culture down. But I don’t agree that the problem is with remakes and sequels per se. Haven’t human beings been telling and retelling the same tales since the dawn of civilization? Haven’t storytellers been shaping and reshaping the stories to resonate with people in the most effective ways? Haven’t the stories adapted to the changing of the times? Right now, Disney is on the side of history. The MCU and the Star Wars saga might be cash cows based on preexisting properties, and Disney might be relying on our nostalgia to sell them, but they’re also nothing short of modern mythological cycles. Pixar is using state of the art technology to tell genuinely emotional stories that get to you like traditional folk tales, and while Finding Dory might be a sequel, everything I’ve seen and heard leads me to believe that it’s going to capture the themes and emotional punch of the original. If Jungle Book starts something, if Disney figures out how to retell their classic films in new and exciting ways (instead of just lazily trading on past versions) then Disney is going to be unstoppable. As of right now, they’re the only studio that seems to place a premium on STORY.


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