By Liam Alexander
I am a HUGE DC fan, I love the characters, I love the comics, I love most of the films DC and Warner Bros have made in the past, with a few exceptions… *cough Green Lantern cough* and I have always been optimistic and excited about their upcoming line of films. However, the latest Batman v Superman trailer had me a bit worried about what they’re doing. Are they moving too fast? Showing too much? So, upon watching this trailer I was naturally a bit skeptical, but as soon as the first few notes of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ entered my ears, DC were letting me know to stop worrying because this trailer is about to kick some ass. And that is exactly what the first official trailer to DC’s band of villains, the Suicide Squad, did. It kicked some serious ass and has me just about as excited as I’ve ever been about DC’s upcoming films.
It opens with Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) getting put into his Arkham Asylum cell, or so I presume. We then get a good look at some of the members of the Squad in their own cells; all calm before the chaotic storm of insanity that is this trailer. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) drinking a cup of tea, Deadshot (Will Smith) looking out his rainy window, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) emerging from the darkness and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) getting some gains on in his cell. The trailer really excels at setting up the characters to the general audience. After all, they are a bunch of bad guys and the trailer does a perfect job by continually showing and telling you that this group ain’t the ‘save a falling cat out of a tree’ type. It’s going to be a refreshing change of pace in the already crowded lot of comic book films in 2016.
The performances also shine with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn looking like she is going to absolutely kill it, offering the perfect amount of insanity, unpredictability and empathy that the character is so well known for. Now, Jared Leto as The Joker, arguably the most famous villain in any form of fiction, has been quite a topic of discussion among many, some love the look, some hate it. I personally love the look and I'm loving the direction they’re taking him in, he looks terrifyingly menacing and I'm sure Leto is going to bring all he has to the role. David Ayer has done a great job getting awesome performances from his actors, hell even Jai Courtney looks great, he actually intentionally made me laugh…good job, Jai.
David Ayer also looks like he’s done a fantastic job with the visuals for the film, each shot looking beautifully crafted with a neon colour palette that hasn’t really been seen in a DC film before. No shaky cam here. The trailer did a good job at showing just enough to intrigue us without ruining scenes or plot elements that we don’t want ruined…I’m looking at you, Batman v Superman. We don’t know who the villain is, it does seem like the Joker and he may be the one behind all of the chaos but those bright creature’s sure do intrigue me, Enchantress (Cara Delevigne) maybe? We’ll have to see. Part of this is due to the amazing editing of the trailer, so to whoever edited this trailer, bravo, Sir or Madam, each beat of Bohemian Rhapsody synced in time with footage is just a marvel to watch.
The tone of this trailer in particular promises a fun time. It offers some comedic moments and Bohemian Rhapsody sure elevates that sense of a good time. But that is what slightly concerns me about the film. It’s not the fun, it is just that this trailer is so different to the darkness and the mood of the first trailer (which I also loved) and so I am kind of back to square one on the tone of the actual film itself. Here’s to hoping they find a perfect blend of the insane fun and the darkness that DC excels in. I’m sure Ayer will not disappoint.
Overall, DC did a phenomenal job, it’s pretty much a perfect trailer and has me insanely excited for Suicide Squad as well as reviving my excitement for the entire line of upcoming DC films. August, you better get here quick. The trailer can be viewed below and Suicide Squad hits Australian theatres on August 4th.