Upon the release of the new cast photo of the movie Suicide Squad (August 2016), directed by David Ayers, a tornado of fan criticisms have ensued. This is mostly because Harley Quinn looks more ditzy and blonde and less crazy and fanatic. For those of you who are new to the comic scene, The Suicide Squad is DC’s ex-villain super team outfit. They are all previous convicts in Belle Reve Prison, but they were contracted to work for the government in exchange for some leniency on their sentences.
Starting from the left you have: Slipknot, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Katana, Rick Flag, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and Diablo. The only member missing is The Joker who already had a photo released of him.
Here are my predictions and thoughts on this new Suicide Squad movie:
1. It’s definitely going to be rated R
The Suicide Squad has always been ruthless in their tactics. They don’t apprehend their victims, they slaughter them. When you have the psychopath Joker, Killer Croc, and Diablo on the same team, you know someone is going to get killed in a very vicious way.
Previous writers for Suicide Squad were not afraid to put the characters in adult situations. We may see some R-rated romance and some other creepy things.
2. There will be a huge emphasis on star power
DC knows they need to up their game by giving credible and epic storylines to their characters. This means the actors portraying these heroes or in this case antiheroes need to be the best. Will Smith (Men in Black), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto (Requiem), and Jai Courtney (Divergent) are some very top litter picks for this movie. According to IMDB, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will be making an appearance as well.
As we have seen with Avengers, The Dark Knight, and Guardians of the Galaxy, a great comic book movie is where good actors meld together with good writing and fan service as the back drop.
3. The movie will be judged solely on Harley Quinn and Joker’s performance
No one is getting excited about Captain Boomerang or Rick Flag’s portrayal in the movie. Nobody is upset that The Enchantress is not wearing her comic outfit. Everyone wants to see Joker and Harley Quinn get the fan service they deserve. No doubt they will be the stars of the group, stealing some of the best lines. With the internet buzzing about how different Harley looks, it could be hit or miss.
Personally, I am hoping that Harley and Joker are their crazy and psychotic selves and it meshes well with the rest of the group.
4. This will help DC see where they stand in the superhero movie business
Marvel has its firm grip on the family friendly, 8 to 13 year old demographic with enough cool moments and special effects to win over the young adults. DC cannot even fathom to compete against Marvel. Instead, DC is trying to break into the movie scene with dark, edgy, and thought-provoking pieces.
So far, The Dark Knight series is the only saga to make a scratch. Man of Steel tried to keep that groove going, but with not-so-favorable results. When DC releases Superman V. Batman: Dawn of Justice and The Suicide Squad these will be the films that prove if DC is worthy to be in the movie business. If it flops, then DC will be forced to rethink how they approach their movies and even if it is worth it to make them.
5. The plot needs to be a bit more intelligent and edgy than the competition
The Marvel formula is perfect for escapism, impressive fight scenes, and getting the audience hooked on the next installment. There is something very safe about it.
That is why DC needs to step up their game and start making movies that pull at the heart and brain. They need villains and heroes that aren’t black and white. We need characters that don’t fit molds of good guy and bad guy. DC is excellent at weaving tangled webs of plots and forcing the reader to read it again to catch everything.
I think Suicide Squad is the right vehicle to do this. It is a superhero team started by convicts! Instead of seeing the boy scout superhero leading his team to victory, we will see a lot of backstabbing, rule breaking, and moments of desperation. The complexity of the story fusing with the chemistry of the characters will leave the audiences wanting more.
Maybe this is just a fanboy pipe dream, but I long for a day when the young adults of my generation choose the depth and intelligence of a DC movie over the Hollywood shimmer of other superhero offerings. But that would also require that DC started making movies more like The Dark Knight and less like Green Lantern.