Review: Suicide Squad – Official Trailer (1)
Last night, as part of the CW’s “DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League” event, the first official Suicide Squad trailer debuted. The video, which you can watch above, gives us a better look at quite a few of the upcoming movie’s protagonists. Notably, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn take up the bulk of the trailer’s brief run, but just about everyone gets a few seconds of screen time. We are also treated to a bit more of Jared Leto’s divisive Joker – although certainly not in equal measure.
I admittedly could not muster a great deal of enthusiasm for this trailer. The previous teasers hinted strongly that Suicide Squad would suffer from hackneyed writing and lame characterization. This most recent offering did very little to dismiss those suspicions. While I am tempted to point out Deadshot’s (Smith) undeniably Willsmithian “What is this, cheerleading tryouts?” quip as an egregious example, the strongest evidence for this indictment is produced by Harley Quinn (Robbie) at about the 53 second mark. It’s a groan worthy bid at making the character seem psychotic in the most obvious way possible, but it falls short of achieving even that. Yet, despite my misgivings, I could almost envision the writers engaging in a round of celebratory hand jobs for what, I imagine, they believed to be fine work.
I was also extremely bothered by the choice of soundtrack for the trailer. Although I couldn’t tell you exactly why, there was something about listening to “Bohemian Rhapsody” that just made me want to punch my computer monitor. If I had to try to put it into words which, humorously enough, is my job here; I’d say I felt like the marketing department was trying to trick me into enjoying the trailer by suggesting Queen’s perennial hit alone should be enough to appease me. It almost implied that any disapproval welling inside of me was an affront to rock n’ roll itself. I was on the wrong end of a Greek gift, as it were. I didn’t care for it, is what I am saying.
For those looking for a faint glimmer of hope, however, the trailer does a decent job of showcasing a few of the movie’s set pieces. Much of what is shown, I suspect, takes place in Belle Reve, one of the DC Universe’s most prominent metahuman/supervillain correctional facilities. There are also a couple of action sequences and a few car chases that, as best I can tell, seem “just okay.” It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, though.
It’s probably a safe bet that several city blocks will end up destroyed at some point during the movie. Michael Bay, by way of David Ayer, will not be denied his tribute here.
I am aware that I am only evaluating two-and-a-half minutes’ worth of footage from what will likely be a two-hour movie. So in all fairness Suicide Squad could very well become the comic book movie equivalent of Citizen Kane for all anyone knows. Still, I really doubt that this will be the case. As much as I am rooting for the DC cinematic universe to come into its own this year, the official Suicide Squad trailer does not inspire great confidence.
Suicide Squad is slated to be released on August 5th, 2016.
Director: David Ayer
Distributed: Warner Bros.
Run Time: TBA
Release Date: 8/5/2016
Slider and Video Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.