As of yet Suicide Squad is proving to be one of the most polarizing comic-to-movie adaptations to date. Sure, it’s no Deadpool by any means, but it faces immediate and intense scrutiny in the same way that Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker did when he first revolutionised the role in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
The second trailer has arrived, and though there may still be some doubts about Leto’s take on The Clown Prince of Crime (Please, dear cinema Gods please, don’t let him be terrible,) it certainly did what it was meant to: make Suicide Squad look like a film worth spending money to see. From the use of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as the background music, which felt oddly natural, to flashing quickly between moments of action and comedy, Suicide Squad looks like DC has found a pleasant middle-ground between dark, gritty comic book movies and a slightly more balanced blending of genres.
At the risk of speaking too soon: it actually looks as though Suicide Squad will succeed in ways that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could only dream of…
Another way this trailer makes Suicide Squad seem so appealing is how well it showcases the big names in its cast. Margot Robbie? Check. Will Smith? Looking fantastic. Jared Leto? You have promise, but nobody does The Joker’s laugh like Mark Hamill. The level of energy displayed in the action scenes is frenetic and feels oh-so-right for a comic-to-film adaptation. The humor is predictable, but charming. If anything, this wasn’t just another trailer; it was a calculated, brilliant effort at making Suicide Squad into a true must-see movie. At the risk of speaking too soon: it actually looks as though Suicide Squad will succeed in ways that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could only dream of.
As is often the case, only time will tell if this trailer proved to be an indication that Suicide Squad was destined for greatness or if it was just another case of cramming all of the good bits into a theatrical trailer and then expertly dashing fans’ collective hopes. Here’s hoping.
By Phil Gorski
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