The Worst Heroes Ever Assemble in New SUICIDE SQUAD Trailer
Yes, the new trailer for Suicide Squad looks better than the closer upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That doesn’t mean Suicide Squad looks perfect, but I think this is a nice way to give fans of DC some kind of excitement that’s sorely lacking in any of the Batman v Superman trailers.
One of the things I was taught in film school was to avoid pacing your project around music. However, the Suicide Squad trailer does such a good job, set to the sounds of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, that one could forgive DC/Warner for deciding to do that. Unlike the Batman v Superman trailer, which is paced around awkward exchanges between its two titular superheroes (“Do you bleed?” “You will.”), the Suicide Squad trailer actually has some exciting pacing, with no one character being overexposed or outshining the other.
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn gets a majority of the dialogue in the trailer, and I had a mixed reaction to her portrayal. She’s clearly having fun, and perhaps I’ll be able to get used to her voice and mannerisms, but for now I think the jury is still out.
That same jury is also still out on Jared Leto’s Joker performance. Assuming Joker doesn’t appear in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad will be the first we see of him. Leto’s first lines in the trailer are, “I can’t wait to show you my toys.” I couldn’t help but be a tad bit reminded of Heath Ledger, whose Joker also like to grab people by the face.
Leto’s Joker leads me to my next criticism of Suicide Squad, and that’s the coloring scheme of the marketing campaign. Lots of green, purple, yellow, very neonish kind of colors. It’s as almost as if we’re stepping back in time to the ostentatious color scheme of Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
Now, Suicide Squad doesn’t look like it goes nearly as far as Schumacher’s films did in terms of tone. It’ll be interesting to see if DC and Warner go for an R rating or a PG-13 rating.
Either way, Suicide Squad, despite some flaws, looks much better than Batman v Superman.