Suicide Squad: Will it Be Good?

Recently, a new trailer dropped for DC’s film adaptation of “Suicide Squad”, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. It’s easy to tell from where the movie draws inspiration, and we can finally see more of The Joker. The movie about evil super villains teaming up to save the world doesn’t seem as silly as it once did, while still retaining the dark humor that the premise entails.

The biggest turn-around I had from the new trailer was the deeper examination into the many villains. Captain Boomerang in particular, (played by Jai Courtney, whom I previously ranted on in an article) seems to be right in the field he needs to be; Just an angry guy. No crazy backstory, no magical boomerang. Just an angry guy who wants to get out of prison. I don’t know much about the Suicide Squad comic, but I know that DC isn’t looking to alienate anyone with Suicide Squad, and will likely simplify the character as much as possible for a broader audience. Other characters like Will Smith as Deadshot and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc have heightened my excitement, by showing that they really are just vessels of rage that the government was stupid enough to set loose on the world.

However, although I am now much more excited for Suicide Squad, there are still 2 aspects I am hesitant to embrace.

1. The Marketing

As I said before, Suicide Squad seems to be a movie for all people, comic book lovers or not. The A-list actors and promise of a Batman cameo bring fans of the Christopher Nolan movies in, as well as the general public who are interested to see Will Smith and Jared Leto together. A cause of this is that the marketing has to appeal to everyone, and the newly created “Worst. Heroes. Ever.” tagline hasn’t upped my enthusiasm. One of the movie’s largest selling points is that this will be our first time seeing The Joker onscreen since Heath Ledger passed away in 2008. Why isn’t this being marketed more heavily? Why aren’t they pushing the Batman cameo as Batman’s second onscreen experience since 2012? The missed opportunity mystifies me, although there is still time before its August release date to turn things around.

2. The Story

I have never read a Suicide Squad comic before, but I can surely imagine that they don't always deal with the U.S. government as their employer. Perhaps the League of Assassins (Batman Begins) could hire the Squad to track down Batman? So many possible corporations other than the American government could be used, even a villain like Lex Luthor of Hugo Strange! It seems unfathomable that the U.S. government would allow something so risky. I do understand that this is a comic book movie, and that sometimes the line between reality and fantasy is blended. However, that doesn’t excuse everything else that goes into that decision, and the position that actress Viola Davis will be put in as the government agent that allows this decision. 

There are still so many unanswered questions regarding Suicide Squad, and hopefully the movie will turn out before its release date on August 5th, 2016. Until then, watch the new trailer!