After the initial terrible leaked trailer from San Diego Comic Con, the first official trailer of ‘Suicide Squad’ was released and it was definitely enough to get me intrigued about DC/Warner Bros’ other big comic book release for 2016. It did have me wondering a few things though… Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are definitely taking the opposite direction of Marvel Studios’ more family-friendly approach with a dark, grim and gritty feel. On one hand, it’s commendable they’re not chasing after Marvel, but the darker tone largely works against most DC characters save Batman and a few others like The Suicide Squad. By constantly taking the bleak tone, the films that would benefit the most from it have to go to even darker places and I’m not convinced yet that’s the best road for comic book films. Who the heck is the panda bear and Batman mask-wearing shooters? That was an interesting visual and one that hinted this will not be completely serious. The Suicide Squad is pretty deep to start. Wonder just how many of them will make it through the first film? It was good to see Katana, Killer Croc and Capt. Boomerang get some screen time in the trailer, but I was hoping for a bit more of Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag as the Squad leader. The glimpse of Batman was pretty cool and I’m curious as to how he’ll be used. I’m not as excited about The Joker’s involvement as I still can’t shake the thought that the second he appears on screen, the Squad are going to be far less interesting. And as cunning and unpredictable as The Joker is, I’m curious if he’s being positioned as a distraction or the main villain. Margot Robbie seems poised to just run away with the film and may make her Harley Quinn the breakout character of the DC Universe films on par with Iron Man or Wolverine.
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