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Suicide Squad Review!

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Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad, follows Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) in a post Superman world as a agent so deep within the U.S. government that she has the ability to pull together a team of DC villains (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Killer Croc, & Captain Boomerang, just to name a few) by planting a exploding device in their heads and force them to be the black ops answer to all the potential meta-human threats now that the Man of Steel is currently taking a dirt nap.  Waller is forced to activate the Suicide Squad to evacuate an important figurehead from a nearby city that is being overrun by a new magical force intent on destroying the world.

For the most part Suicide Squad looks to deliver on what DC promised in it’s rather brilliant marketing plan until you the film starts to unfold.  Will Smith, who plays the can’t miss assassin Deadshot, is a return to his prior form of movie star, as he really takes a hold of this character and runs with it.  While some people were complaining about the race of the character (Deadshot is actually white) I was more worried if Smith could actually pull off playing a man who murders people for money but he did more then pull his weight and I would be up to a Deadshot movie now.

Everything you thought about Margot Robbie is true, there are times she stumbles with the character, her accent goes in and out, but for the most part Robbie really owns the role of Harley Quinn and it will be interesting to watch her grow with the character in future movies as she was the real heart behind the film.  As for the rest of the cast everyone showed up to work.  Jay Hernandez is unrecognizable as El Diablo and is one of the cooler characters, Karen Fukuhara as Katana is a real bad ass, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agba makes Killer Croc into a really menacing creature, I believed that Joel Kinnman could really control and lead the worst of the worst as Rick Flag, even Jai Courtney was entertaining.

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Cara Delevingne was pretty amazing as Dr. Moon/The Enchantress until they did something with her character and she started to remind me the fairy godmother from Cinderella and gave her best bippity boppity boo impression.  The biggest disappointment comes in Jared Leto as The Joker.  When the stills and screen shots were released I was confident that Leto would be able to supersede Heath Ledger but as of right now it’s safe to say Ledger is still the reigning champ.

I’m willing to cut some slack since he’s hardly in the movie, now that we know most of his scenes were cut out, but there were some glaring problems in this incarnation which I noticed by the way Leto would growl in every scene and it was clear he was having a hard time talking through the grill he had in his mouth the entire film.  I would like to see just how crazy he can get in future installments, mainly in the Ben Affleck directed Batman flick which is coming down the pipeline especially since Batman is one of the best thing about this film and he has less screen time then Leto.  The entire film reeks of too many hands trying to make the family dinner and it’s at this point WB/DC really needs to wake up.david ayer, suicide squad, dc, wb, will smith, viola davis, margot robbie, Karen Fukuhara, jay hernandez, adewale akinnuoye-agba, ben affleck, zack snyder, chad posey, film monster, review

It’s at this point you start to zero on the real problem of this film.  What started out as a fun ride with some of DC’s classic villains takes a complete and very quick nose dive as it enters it’s final act because it has too much going on and feels very bloated in scope and I found myself wondering whey didn’t they scale it down and have this non-super powered villains go against a terrorist group.  Batman is supposed to be out searching for the meta-humans so why not have them have to stop someone like Black Mask from trying to take over a section of Gotham, or maybe stop him from trying to take over Arkham Asylum which would have been a good place to have Leto’s Joker and create the right conflict for Harley.

After watching Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now Suicide Squad I’ve come to the conclusion, in order to salvage something from these films, is to look at them as a means to study and show exactly what not to do when making a comic book movie. Man of Steel is a lesson on not hiring a director that doesn’t get/like the character you’re making a movie about.  BvS would be a perfect example in demonstrating the failures of not keeping your script simple and do not mash too much into your movie to the point that you end up cutting out important scenes that completely alter characters behavior and motivations, only to add them back in to have your film make sense.  Finally, we have Suicide Squad, which is a perfect example of how editing can make or break your film.

If you’re dead set on watching this film no matter what like I was, then nothing is going to stop you, go to the theater, see it for yourself, but if you’re on the fence I would recommend to just wait and rent it.  It’s not a complete waste of time but this is not film WB/DC needed right now.

 

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Zack Snyder Lays Out DC’s Cinematic Universe!

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When The Avengers took in 1.4 Billion dollars during its theatrical run all DC fans reverted their eyes to Warner Bros who has been sitting quietly in the corner for years living off of Batman.  They quickly put plans into effect to jump start their shared universe.  It should be said that, unlike Marvel, WB owns ALL the DC characters and could have started this shared universe idea years ago, but that’s in the past and DC silenced it’s large list of doubters when it released the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that was shown at Comic-Con.

“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story,” Zack Snyder told Empire Magazine. “The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.”

And while the interconnected nature of DC’s cinematic universe will obviously put some parameters on projects like Suicide Squad and the after-mentioned solo films, Snyder—who’s essentially godfathering the entire universe—is giving each team as much creative freedom as possible.

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“I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe,” he said. “I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”

In fact, DC producer Charles Roven even has an official name for his structure: The sandbox.

“We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.”

I’ll be the first to admit it, I wasn’t behind what DC was doing, I even had an entire article written was was ready to post about how WB/DC just didn’t seem like they cared about their characters but that trailer shut me up.  I like the difference in tone between DC and Marvel, and like Marvel is doing with their Netflix shows, I hope WB will branch out and make some of their future properties lighter in tone and play some in that giant sandbox they are creating.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016!

Suicide Squad Comic-Con Trailer!

A secret government agency recruits imprisoned super-villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

Man, I wasn’t too sure on this but this looks pretty amazing and Jared Leto is terrifying as The Joker.  Suicide Squad hits theaters next summer!

Batman Going After Joker & More In Suicide Squad Movie Set Pics!

This cracks me up because there is no security on this set but the pics have been pretty amazing showing Joker and Harley Quinn but there has always been a rumor that Batman was going to show up and now we have proof and shows that DC is serious about staring up it’s shared universe.  That isn’t Ben Affleck filling out the newest Batsuit, which means Batman will probably stay in the shadows unless Ben sneaks in and films a few scenes.  Director, David Ayer, talked about filming the scenes below.

“I believe in old school filmmaking,” he tweeted “Real stunts. Real people. Real places. It makes all the difference on the screen. Thank you #Toronto.”

I love it when a film takes more practical approach, CGI should only be used to enhance a scene only and it looks like David Ayer’s head is in the right place.suicide squad, will smith, cara delevingne, scott eastwood, david ayer, dc, wb, film monster, viola davis, joel kinnarman, jai courtney,

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Suicide Squad also stars Will Smith, 46, as Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, supermodel Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Scott Eastwood, 29, as Steve Trevor, How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis, 49, as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman, 35, as Rick Glagg and Australian Insurgent and Terminator: Genisys actor Jai Courtney, 29, as Captain Boomerang.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25, 2016 and Suicide Squad hits theaters on Aug. 5 of that year.

Batman Going After Joker & More In Suicide Squad Movie Set Pics!

This cracks me up because there is no security on this set but the pics have been pretty amazing showing Joker and Harley Quinn but there has always been a rumor that Batman was going to show up and now we have proof and shows that DC is serious about staring up it’s shared universe.  That isn’t Ben Affleck filling out the newest Batsuit, which means Batman will probably stay in the shadows unless Ben sneaks in and films a few scenes.  Director, David Ayer, talked about filming the scenes below.

“I believe in old school filmmaking,” he tweeted “Real stunts. Real people. Real places. It makes all the difference on the screen. Thank you #Toronto.”

I love it when a film takes more practical approach, CGI should only be used to enhance a scene only and it looks like David Ayer’s head is in the right place.suicide squad, will smith, cara delevingne, scott eastwood, david ayer, dc, wb, film monster, viola davis, joel kinnarman, jai courtney,

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Suicide Squad also stars Will Smith, 46, as Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, supermodel Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Scott Eastwood, 29, as Steve Trevor, How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis, 49, as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman, 35, as Rick Glagg and Australian Insurgent and Terminator: Genisys actor Jai Courtney, 29, as Captain Boomerang.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25, 2016 and Suicide Squad hits theaters on Aug. 5 of that year.

Willa Holland Explains Why Harley Quinn Was Removed From Arrow!

There was a moment in the second season of Arrow, which was already in full crazy mode, that it appeared that we were going to get Harley Quinn in the series.  There were set pictures, an actress had been cast and everything was hinting on Ms. Quinn was going to reek some havoc on Starling City, then all of that disappeared.  Fans began to wonder if we’d ever see Harley again.  It appears that the big wigs in WB/DC shut down any chance of that.

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“We had big plans for Harley. But, I guess something came down from DC execs that told us to shut it down,” the actress revealed to disappointed fans. “I mean we had that tease with the pigtails and the ARGUS outfit but, we’ll never see it. We would love to Harley in Arrow but it will never happen.” 

This is the second character that was taken off the show thanks to the Suicide Squad movie, Deadshot (Michael Rowe) was killed off during the third season due to the character is being played by Will Smith in the feature film.

While this is a shame, part of me is glad because I’m tired of seeing Batman’s villains popping up in the show but the only reason I even have a problem with that is because WB/DC has stated that their movie universe and TV universe are totally different, which would give them room to explore different stories, almost like two separate universes, which is a common plot thread in DC comics.  Despite this stance, the suits refuse to have Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, etc show up in their TV universe, but keep snatching characters away from their show.  WB/DC needs to make up there minds and stop snatching the hope from their fans.

Suicide Squad Set Pics Raises Many Questions!

I’m still having a hard time believing that Suicide Squad is being made.  When people are starting to wonder if comic book movies are going to become stale WB/DC doesn’t something completely strange and out of the ordinary and decides to make a movie based off their villains in a spy/action setting and staring two of Batman’s most iconic villains The Joker (played by Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn, making her big screen debut by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street).

A pic from the set was sent out of Harley pointing a gun at Mr. J’s head but she’s in plain clothes, so is this a flashback?  Is this the ending and she puts him back in jail?  Does she go get him to join the squad?  Perhaps she’s tired of his crap and wants to kill him?

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Here we have Leto and Robbie going through a scene with Leto sporting the neon green hair and the much debated tattoos!

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We also have a look at The Joker’s pretty sweet looking ride but my question is.  What and how is he able to drive around, anywhere, in a car as nice of this and not have Batman swoop down and beat his senseless?  It’s not like he got out on good behavior.

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This is a pretty huge game changer when it comes to comic book movies, this team up, of sorts, can really pave the way for comic book movies to evolve so they don’t become stale.  I’m really interested in how this will turn out and the impact it can have on future comic book movies.  Look for Suicide Squad to hit theaters August 5th, 2016!

First Offical Image Of Jared Leto As The Joker!

I remember when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker and the internet went nuts.  I had my reservations but I I was curious about the casting and Leger ended up lifting the bar for portraying The Joker, let alone a comic book character.  Cut to the announcement that David Ayer was writing and directing a the Suicide Squad movie and The Joker was going to be in the movie and suddenly everyone’s eyes turned towards Jared Leto who was cast.  What would he look like?  How would he play the role?  Well, one of the answers has been answered and although I’m not a fan of the facial tattoos, I’m digging this new look.  Jared looks really scary and I can’t wait to actually see him on screen….now…if I could just see the amazingly hot Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn please.

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Deadshot Won’t Be Returning To CW’s Arrow!

For those of us who caught the latest Arrow we saw Deadshot (SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!) kick it at the end of the episode by setting off an explosion to save the Suicide Squad.  Since no one really stays dead in these things I assumed he would show up in later episodes, possibly in the Rogues Gallery spin-off the WB is developing.

Marc Guggenheim, was asked on his official tumblr whether there was a chance that Floyd Lawton/Deadshot would be a regular next season to which he responded with: “Unfortunately, Deadshot is off the table for the nonce”.  So it’s pretty safe to say that he was pulled due to Will Smith playing the character in the upcoming Suicide Squad, currently in development and David Ayer at the helm.

Now…here’s the thing that really bothers me.  WB/DC has continually said, over and over again, that they can have a television universe and a movie universe, which we’ve all known is a lie because they refuse to have Batman and Superman show up anywhere and now they’ve removed one of the cooler characters from their TV lineup, and this is just after he had a pretty dramatic turn in which we saw his “origin” for a lack of a better word.  I’m disappointed DC…very disappointed.

Margot Robbie Talks Harley Quinn!

Fans of Joker’s main squeeze, Harley Quinn, Have been waiting for her chance to shine for years.  She’s an amazing character with a really sad back story and the moment the Aussie Margot Robbie was cast many fans perked up in what seems like perfect casting.  Robbie is aware of the excitement, she also shares it with you as she hopes to play the character for years to come.

“You don’t need to have commitment issues to be frightened by the fact that you might have just signed 10 years of your life away… But with [Harley Quinn], it’s a character I don’t think would ever get boring. Ever. So if they did ‘Suicide Squad One,’ ‘Two’ and ‘Three,’ I would be over the moon about it.”

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Robbie also touched on getting more into the production side of things instead of just remaining an actor.

“If there aren’t roles you want to play, then you’ve kind of got to create them,” she says. “Just started a production company, actually, and our goal is going to be to work with female writers and directors, and female-driven scripts. We want to change things.”

Robbie is best known as the wife of Leonardo Dicaprio in on The Wolf of Wall Street. She recently starred in the sci-fi film Z for Zachariah alongside Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and will portray Jane opposite True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård in the Tarzan revamp.

I can’t wait to see her portrayal of Harley Quinn in her first movie appearance.