By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Sometimes the best heroes are those who walk the moral divide. To them there is nothing left to lose. They have no goodly image to maintain and no moral code to follow. The path to redemption is over a mountain and not on level ground. To the government these people are the most useful to mete out punishment to the guilty without feeling guilty themselves. They are known as the Suicide Squad.
In the first official trailer released during CW’s DC Cinematic Universe special, hopes are raised. My fear of Will Smith as Deadshot being the primary focus of the movie is proven wrong thus far. Instead, I am given the whole menagerie as each squad member is given time to shine in a trailer set to Queen’s headbangingly infectious Bohemian Rhapsody. This is a huge leap from the original teaser trailer that premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con. That trailer focused more on the character development, the whys and the soft silent moments that were meant to build up the anticipation of the film. This trailer takes leave of its senses. It’s loud, it’s action packed and it’s explodes all over your screen. It rampages like an unfettered juggernaut for a whole 2½ minutes. In comparison, it’s more in line with Harley Quinn’s state of mind then any trailer Marvel Entertainment has produced this year.
And what of Jared Leto as the Joker? With new scenes, he comes across as a more demented version of Caeser Romero’s portrayal in the 1960’s original Batman television series. It’s nothing like Heath Ledger’s Joker which was something completely created from scratch from his own mind but that doesn’t mean Leto’s won’t be as groundbreaking. I am betting there is more to be revealed. Leto’s laugh alone can send shivers down one’s spine.
But when it comes to individual members, I’ll be keeping an eye on what Jai Courtney can do with one of my favourite misunderstood Australian, Captain Boomerang. But when it comes to the Suicide Squad as a whole, I will have no level of expectation when it comes to turning over a new leaf. Because as Harley Quinn so aptly puts it “We’re bad guys, it’s what we do.”
Suicide Squad will be released August 4th and 5th, 2016 in most countries.
Credit(s): Jason Townsend, The DC Universe Facebook group, and Warner Bros. Pctures official YouTube channel.