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‘The Suicide Squad’: A New Hope

by Andrew Nguyen

Fans are eagerly awaiting James Gunn’s take on The Suicide Squad and his vision of the ragtag of villains you love to hate. Although the producers have not confirmed whether or not this will be a direct sequel to the original film, it has become clear that characters such as Rick Flagg, Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, and Captain Boomerang will return. Additionally,  there will be a number of newcomers including Bloodsport, PeaceKeeper, King Shark, Ratcatcher, and Polka Dot Man. The recent trailers and clips have shown that it has elevated the comedy, the action, and overall the bonkers contrasting from the previous film’s more gritty and serious take. Prior to the release of Suicide Squad (2016), many fans were excited to see the film especially with director David Ayers at the helm who has been involved in well-received films such as Fury, End of Watch, and Bright. How could a movie with a star-studded cast fall short with fans and critics alike? Well, let us go over a brief overview of why I don’t think the film worked….

The original Suicide Squad was a very chaotic film from start to finish. Throughout the film, there was no clear purpose of what it wanted to be. Fans who love the Suicide Squad understand that these characters are flawed villains. The movie attempted to make them into heroes which they are not and was unable to portray them as captivating villains. In the end, the film concluded with the team members becoming a “dysfunctional family” of sorts while the characters’ relationship with one another remained awkward. David Ayer has defended the film, noting that this was not his cut and that the studio made major edits. An official Ayer cut has never been released.

For this year’s film, we are hoping that it can restore the faithful adaptation of a misfit team of bomb-implanted mercenaries. Here is a list of our hopes and expectations of how this film can bring fans around to this franchise.

Dysfunctional Family Harmony and Motivation

What a lot of fans love about the Suicide Squad is the relationship that these “bad guys” have with one another. They are not the Justice League, they don’t give a parademon’s butt if they can save the world or not. They are in it for themselves. They don’t have a collective passion to do good. Hopefully, the film explores their own selfish indulgence and examines these characters’ complexity.  From the recent trailer, this looks like the case and I hope they keep that within the film because it will hopefully invite some great written dialogue and interaction between these characters.

IDRIS ELBA and writer/director JAMES GUNN on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

More Deaths and VIOLENCE

You can’t really call it the Suicide Squad if you are only killing off one character. Hopefully, with the mass introduction of so many different characters for the Suicide Squad, we see more deaths. Not to be grim but hey the name is in the title! The film’s R-rating is a good indication we will see some deaths. In the trailer, it looks like King Shark will definitely be fed.

More Compelling Villain

Patrick is on the loose and he looks pissed! In this film, it looks like Starro will be the main baddie and I hope that this villain is challenging enough to explain why the Suicide Squad was called in and not the Big Blue Boyscout and his team.

James Gunn Goodness

If anyone can make an amazing film about a ragtag team of morally questionable misfits, it is James Gunn. If you don’t know what I am talking about…take a look at his movie: Slither.

Future of Where This Is Heading

With the recent release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, fans were hopeful for the expansion but with recent updates, it doesn’t seem to be in the stars. With James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad still unsure if it is a reboot or a sequel, we are hoping to learn more about where the DCEU is heading. Especially with the upcoming The Flash movie which is rumored to be based on the Flashpoint storyline, will the events of this movie have any impact at all?

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