Even though Suicide Squad turned out to be a mess of a film, Warner Brothers should be applauded for going off script in their latest failure. I’ve been vocal about how I hate the entire idea of every DC film being dark and grim just because for some reason the folks in charge think it’s cool and equates to some imagined “realism.”
After the disappointment of Batman v. Superman – it was merely okay – Suicide Squad is a definite step in the right direction.
Despite having too many characters to give any but a handful more than the sketchiest of backgrounds, it’s smarter and more fun than BvS (though not the mad romp the last few trailers suggested it would be).
Suicide Squad is a story of anti-heroes. “The worst of the worst” as director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) describes them—a woman who self-admittedly specializes in “getting people to act against their own self-interests.” When Waller perceives a gap in her nation’s ability to address threats from meta-humans (i.e. individuals with extraordinary abilities like being able to fly faster than a speeding bullet), she proposes Task Force X: a pet project that would unite incarcerated felons into a disposable team, controllable under threat of death. A threatening situation arises necessitating the specific skills of these villains, and thus the Suicide Squad is called into action.
For two days, the city of Toronto will be home to Belle Reve Penitentiary – home of the members of the Suicide Squad!
Yesterday, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and David Ayer joined Mayor John Tory is cutting the ribbon to open the world exclusive fan experience.
The unique fan experience – including film props, sets and one-of-a-kind activations – in the historic Distillery District will showcase such Suicide Squad features as Deadshot’s jail cell, the iconic Belle Reve mural wall and more.
The showstopper activation has to be the Harley Quinn Smash Cell.
Open from 1-10pm, July 27th and 28th, fans will enter through the prison gates to explore this special immersive experience. Plus, fans can purchase advance tickets to see the film in IMAX® – and have the opportunity to win prizes.
The first Suicide Squad trailer proclaimed ‘this is a film!’ The second suggested, ‘This is Film – but with these characters it will be fun!’
The new trailer focuses completely on the fun part of that equation with Harley leading the way and Deadshot getting a pretty great moment, too – set to Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz. The whole ‘Worst. Heroes. Ever.’ thing still applies…
Check it out after the break. Suicide Squad opens on August 5th.