Comic Con Trailer: Suicide Squad

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Earlier today, we posted the trailer for Batman v Superman that premiered at Comic Con. Now, we have the Comic Con trailer for Suicide Squad, which exists inside the same connected film universe.

There’s no doubt about it: they are going for something completely distinct from the Marvel cinematic universe. Which according to many commenting so far… that’s a good thing. As for the views on these popular characters be punk rockified? That remains to be seen.

We have over a year until this drops into theaters on August 5, 2016–but needless to say, after these past few days, the internet is abuzz with moviegoers who are really curious as to where this film universe is headed.

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Kurt Halfyard
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Barf.

This is endemic as to why I dislike the comic book movie-genre so much. Suicide Squad just screams vacuous fan-service in the same vein as Zack Snyder’s disastrous and tin-eared Suckerpunch. I am confident the Comic-Con crowd ate it up. Sorry David Ayer, this is NOT the best job you’ve ever had. And is probably the best $12 I’ve ever saved.

devolutionary
Guest

Which is why I’ll likely see this on a Tuesday cheap night at our theatre. Believe it or not I was initially looking more forward to this than Super-Batman Drone of Injustice but I’ll probably end up seeing both with the same trepidation anyways.

Andrew James
Admin

Surprised you’re not into this. Kinda feels like The fucking Watchmen.

Sean Kelly
Guest

The geeks have inherited the Earth and Kurt Halfyard is not at all happy about it. 😛

Andrew James
Admin

I really hope Margot Robbie can pull out another win. If she can pick the right roles, I think she could be more than just a pretty face and more like the next Charlize Theron.

I remain more hopeful for this than the Batman vs everyone trailer posted below. Doesn’t look great, but I like the anti-Avengers theme.

Robert Reineke
Guest

There are a couple of things I find of interest from Suicide Squad.

1. We’ve all heard the jokes of Marvel movies centering around white guys named Chris. There seems to be a real effort to bake in gender and race diversity right from the beginning here. I’d say the top 4 actors featured in the trailer are Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto. That’s an interesting mix to me.

2. This seems to be a test case to determine just how big Harley Quinn is. Honestly, she seems to have a huge fan base which cuts across gender lines and seems to be able to outsell Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor in the comic shops when they’re not in the midst of a big stunt. If she’s the breakout star and the film is a hit, that could go a long ways to bringing some welcome female diversity to the action genre.

3. I kind of like the idea of focusing on individual villains. I’m pretty much bored with superheroes dealing with disposable hordes whether they’re dark elves, hydra soldiers, Chitauri, Ultron drones, or whatever it is that Ronan had. There’s a reason that Loki remains the only Marvel villain anyone really cares about. You want to build up the individual villains over the anonymous hordes, I’ll support that.

That kind of goes along with me being somewhat invested in Batman vs Superman. At least I have an opinion about both those characters. And Perry White, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

As a fan of the original Harley Quinn character, it’s kind of disappointing how they keep feeling the need to put her in skimpier clothing all the time when she originally started out as this. On top of that they even put her in ridiculous high heels. Once again I keep pointing to the Suicide Squad animated movie, which as cartoonish as some parts were, they realized Harley Quinn should be wearing boots when running around.

Rick
Guest

I am in for these DC movies because the people behind the camera look to be more important than adherence to what fans want in front of it.

I like all of Ayer’s past movies and while I don’t like Snyder’s output that BvS trailer nails perfectly what that conflict would be (Also I trust Afleck to temper him).

Andrew James
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Ayer is still up in the air for me. I liked FURY and END OF WATCH is absolutely incredible. But the stuff before that is kinda mediocre; not bad, just not that good either. Still, I’ve liked most of his output as of late and am willing to give him a go with just about anything at this point.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Right from the very first scene in this trailer, to me it is spelling out that this will be an inferior to the animated movie of Suicide Squad (which went under the name Batman: Assault on Arkham). As the trailer starts with the character Amanda Waller spelling out the concept with what looks like some dump military guys. Compared to the animated movie where members of what will become the Suicide Squad are told what is happening and you see their reaction. Also one of who goes against Amanda Waller and you see how she deals with it rather than “…getting people to work against their own self-interests is what I do for a living”. It’s the old “show, don’t tell” rule of film making.

Also finally getting to see Jared Leto move with the make up and he looks even worse than I expected. He doesn’t look frightening at all, instead looks really really lame with the grill teeth and everything.

Rick
Guest

Viola Davis is NAILING Waller from the comics I have read. She was always about making people do things they did not want to by any means for the greater good and the trailer and Davis nail it.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I know but once again, her right out and saying it versus, seeing it in her actions. Also Viola Davis is okay, not enough to go on from this trailer. It’s still too bad that they couldn’t have gotten C. C. H. Pounder (did they think she was too old for starting a new franchise?).

mike rot
Guest

I’m a David Ayer fanboy and I have seen them filming this in Toronto, so there’s bias, but still, this trailer, particularly for a comic book movie, is awesome. I’ve read tweets, people complaining about the lack of action in it… give me a break, this sets the tone, gives it an air of actual menace, violence juxtaposed with soft music, ending with Leto looking deranged. Love it. This is Star Wars level anticipation for me.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Wow, we have different eyes again. Everything here to me looks desperate and low rent, and not in a good way at all.

devolutionary
Guest

The music choice was the best thing in the trailer for me (some of the editing was cool) but once I became aware of how manipulative it was in context, it made me like this less. Regardless, I know I’ll be forking money over for both this and Dawn of Justice; just a matter of how much.

Andrew James
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Yes, yet another trailer using a hit pop song re-arranged into a soft, slow choral version. Should be BANNED! I’m officially boycotting any movie from here on out that does this in the trailers. Lazy, copy-cat marketing – makes me sick.

schizopolis
Guest

Normally, I would totally agree. That San Andreas trailer was dreadful. I would have to distract myself in the theater every time that trailer was playing before a movie. But the Suicide Squad trailer worked for me for some reason. I dunno why.

mike rot
Guest

can you name another comic book movie trailer that does this? I wasn’t even aware the song was popular, just mood music to me, and goes against the Transformers formula of explosion-gasms every two seconds… slows it down.

Are you referring to The Social Network? That was a chorus, this is just a paired down vocal track, and it works.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

An unconventional trailer to showcase a low rent shitty looking movie. Glad the trailer was free. The rest of it looks terrible.

devolutionary
Guest

Can’t think of a comic book trailer off hand but the 2 classic examples are the original commercials for Gears of War (Gary Jules – Mad World) and Prototype 2 (Johnny Cash – Hurt).

Andrew James
Guest

There are a ton of them over the past 24 months. I’ve been complaining about it everywhere. When I get home, I’m going to research it and post them all here. Just this year I know there have been at least 5.

Battle Los Angeles off the top of my head. But there are many many more.

Andrew James
Admin

Made a little playlist for you Rot:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQeiidx_FRqXfTzQt7Q7zTFiq-b4tnclK

There are other examples too, but they are not quite what I call a “choral” version of the song. There are about five or six more I found that just have slowed down version of their original – sometimes by the same artist. I find this equally annoying at this point.

The Social Network did it first (probably) and it worked like a giant slice of awesome. Everything since then is a copy-cat.

mike rot
Guest

Outside of Gatsby I hadn’t seen any of these trailers. Gatsby is entirely justified, it’s Baz Luhrman, would be crazy not to have pop music. I don’t get why it’s annoying… with Gears of War and Mad World, that to me is lazy, because it’s an established song in film and it just overlays the whole trailer, but slowed down covers of songs in general I like, and if they are unique and set a mood for a trailer, what’s the problem? Suicide Squad integrates the song with the visuals and is different enough to be it’s own thing. I like the Snowden trailer, subdued. Sometimes it works.

mike rot
Guest

with Gears of War wasn’t it directly the Donnie Darko version? With Suicide Squad the song is integrated well, the reverb of explosions play into the chords, it gives a full musicality to the trailer’s visuals as opposed to overlaying for the sake of name recognition. I had to look up that it was a Bee-Gee’s song, that’s hardly pandering to the demographic.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Yep, that cover of Mad World was done for DONNIE DARKO. Not many people realize that.