“So that’s it, huh? We the patsies. Some kinda suicide squad.”

So remember my last blog about what I though went wrong with DC in terms of setting up their own cinematic universe? Well this is the continuation of it talking about the third film in the DC Cinematic Universe Suicide Squad. With the Suicide Squad, the film is about a bunch of super-villains called Task-Force X trying to find redemption for themselves and shorten their prison sentences by going on dangerous missions. I really want to know how this connects with the rest of the DCCU and what role will Task-Force X play in the rest of the DCCU. I just don’t understand the story structure of the DCCU. I understand the structure of the MCU a lot more since there is structure in the MCU timeline. Even if some of the movies in the MCU aren’t perfect they still add something to the over arcing story of the MCU. With films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, these films are very out there and look like they have nothing to do with the over arcing story of the MCU. However there is enough material that these movies to build up for future movies. While Ant-Man hints the fourth coming of Captain America: Civil War and a possible Ant-Man sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy may not necessarily have big hints like some of the other MARVEL movies but with a combination of characters and plot devices introduced. We know the direction of where the over arcing story of the MCU is going like foreshadowing the events for Avengers: Infinity War parts 1 and 2.

Going back to the Suicide Squad movie on the other hand in terms of how it fits in with its DCCU really bugs me. Even though I’m not liking the set up for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I can at least see how it would tie in with the Justice League movie. Not only is the placement of this movie within the DCCU raises a few questions, the overall tone and designs of the characters are also big problems that I have with the movie and it’s not even out yet.

Lets talk about the tone of the movie first. DC and WB for some reason want to make their DCCU “dark and gritty” in comparison to the MCU’s cartoon-est tone. Even though they already did that with The Dark Knight trilogy. When I look at most of the characters in this movie, I see what superheroes looked like during the late 90’s and early 2000’s like what 20th Century Fox did with the first few X-Men movies wear the characters looked nothing like their comic book counterparts. We are in the golden age of comic book movies when most superheroes look like their comic book counterparts (most of the time). With the direction that DC and WB is going, it feels like we are going backwards to some degree. When the first promo image of the Suicide Squad first appeared, I saw a bunch of characters that are supposed to be the Suicide Squad. Key words supposed to be the Suicide Squad. After the first image of the suicide squad came out, some people have mixed feelings about the tone and designs of the members of the squad.

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As far as character designs go, where do I even begin? Really the only three members that I’m okay in terms of overall design are Deadshot, Katana, and El Diablo since the three of them out of the members of Suicide Squad  look the closest to their comic book counterparts. Deadshot in the comics is a hired assassin who never misses his target (hence the name). Really the only problem that I have with the character is the placement of the eyepiece for the costume since it’s on the wrong eye and the character in the comics is usually Caucasian in the comics. The movie incarnation will be played by Will Smith, however I’m totally okay with Will Smith playing the role of Deadshot since I feel that this is the type of character that I can imagine Will Smith playing the role of. Katana is an expert martial artist and swordswoman. Her costume in the movie isn’t quite a fiber copy of the comic book counterpart but at least I get the idea that it is Katana. El Diablo is a gangster with pyrokinetic powers. This version of EL Diablo is based on the third incarnation of the comic book character since there can be multiple incarnations of any character in comic books like the amount of people who have taken up the mantle of superheroes like Robin or The Flash. His comic book counterpart just looks like a guy with tattoos. The movie counterpart is just some guy who has tattoos. Granted he is seen wearing a blue jacket like Captain Boomerang and a wife beater but I have a feeling that at some point we will see him without his shirt. The other members on the other hand are another story.

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Rick Flag is a military officer and the field leader for Task Force X (another name for the Suicide Squad). In the comics, Rick Flag is the son and grandson of two other people who are also called Rick Flag. In the comics, Rick Flag is known for having mental instability, and gets worse the more time he spends around violent criminals. His movie counterpart is the only design that I’m okay with since he actually looks like a person in the military. His comic book counter part is just looks like some guy wearing a yellow shirt and gun holsters. He looks more like a thug character that would appear in a The Punisher comics than a character from DC comics.

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Out of any super hero to get rebooted, Batman seems to get the most reboots which also mean we get to see a newer version of his arch nemesis The Joker. Like the first image of the Suicide Squad first appeared, WB and DC also released an image of Jared Leto’s The Joker. Like the image of the suicide squad, not many people wear likening the design of Jared Leto’s version of The Joker. With Ledger’s joker, the out of field design worked in the context of The Dark Knight films since those films were a bit more down to earth. This new Joker on the other hand. Well I like the idea of a movie incarnation of The Joker with tattoos, its just the tattoos themselves could use some work since most of them look really stupid with the “HAHAHAHA”, the mouth, the J on his cheek, the “Damaged” written across his forehead. I feel that they could of done some really cool designs with the tattoos. Also That grill. It really bugs me because of how of place it is.

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Also the more footage I see of him, the more I start to cringe at it. When I think of The Joker, I usually think of any of the incarnations from the animated TV show or Jack Nicholson’s take on the clown prince of crime, not this tattooed joker wannabee. I see more the pimp prince of crime than what is supposed to be the Clown Prince of Crime. In terms of what role he has in the context of the film, we really don’t know what role The Joker has in the film. Some think that he is going to be either the main villain or the secondary villain. I can see both sides of the argument since he could be the main reason that the suicide squad is formed in the first place. I can see him as the secondary villain since some people think that a character called The Enchantress will be the main villain or The Joker will be doing his own thing and be an obstacle for the suicide squad to face. Granted the film itself is made up of a group of super villains, so it’s anybody’s guess.

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As for the next few characters, I think the next character to talk about is The Joker’s henchwoman and lover Harley Quinn. She use to be a psychiatrist at Arkham Asyham until the Joker manipulated her feelings into becoming his accomplice and lover. Harley Quinn is an interesting case since she started out as an original character from Batman: The Animated Series first (sometimes referred to as the crowning achievement of the show) that would become more popular as the years go by to the point that she made her way into comics.  Her outfit is usually a red and black colored jester outfit. The outfit that they have for her in film so far just makes her look like a Mana cheerleader (a London based cheer-leading dance team). Doesn’t help that the color scheme of Quinn’s costume in film is red and blue. I understand that the jester outfit wasn’t going to be the most practical thing to bring on screen but they could have at least made an outfit that could have been similar to the jester out fit in terms of color and design. It just looks like they wanted to do something like her outfit in the newer comics but it just looks like a cheap knockoff. I have seen better modern day fan art of Harley Quinn that kept to the jester design better than what the movie has to offer so far.

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Captain Boomerang on the other hand is just one of those super villains that you can’t necessarily see him in his own movie since he’s like a c tier character but he works better as an ensemble character. For example Captain Boomerang is known for being a member of groups such as the Suicide Squad or the Rogues (a group of other Flash super villains). So who is Captain Boomerang? Captain Boomerang is a mercenary who specializes in using a wide variety of gimmicky boomerangs. He is usually a recurring super villain of The Flash. While being a part of the Suicide Squad, Captain Boomerang is usually known for his rivalry with Deadshot over leadership of the squad (when Rick Flag isn’t around). The first time I saw the image of Captain Boomerang for the film, I had no idea that it was him until other people or sources pointed it out. Granted I know the idea of having a member of the squad being some guy who throws boomerangs sounds really silly. But the movie version just looks like some guy wearing a sports jersey and a Carhartt winter jacket. Also what is with the duct tape on his leg? (Look back at the image of the squad) He just looks like a very mismatched and out of place character. The comic book counterpart at least looks like a mercenary.

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The next member of the suicide squad is an interesting choice. Waylon Jones a.k.a. Killer Croc is a Batman villain whom has had several different depictions over the year. But his most common origin is that he is a sideshow wrestler who usually kills crocodiles as a part of his act (hence the name). Killer Croc either has a rare genetic skin condition that makes him look like a crocodile (or is sometime part man part crocodile). He is known for having cannibalistic tendencies. From the looks of the film incarnation, it looks like Killer Croc will be based on the original idea of being a human with a skin condition. I just find Killer Croc in this film just to be an odd choice. I get why they put in him film since he is a well known Batman villain (at least to bring in that crowd of people who like Batman) and will serve as the muscle of the group.

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As far as his design goes he just looks like a green skinned Thing (as in the Thing from the Fantastic Four movies) and he isn’t that big in comparison to his comic book counterpart where he is a lot bigger. Although his size in other media does very from time to time since he can be at least a little over 6 feet tall or be 12 feet tall. In the comics on the other hand he isn’t usually apart of the group since his role is usually taken by another super villain called King Shark. Speaking of King Shark, why isn’t he in the film? Unlike Killer Croc, King Shark is a staple member of the suicide squad who severs as the muscle of the group and is literally a walking talking shark. Also it would be a sight to see in the film itself since most of the cast of characters are human, so having a humanoid shark would spice up the movie.

Like Killer Croc, a character called The Enchantress (Not to be confused with MARVEL’S Amora the Enchantress) is also an interesting choice to have in the film. I’m not quite that familiar with The Enchantress like the other characters in the movie. The only thing we know about her in the film is that she isn’t a member of the squad and could be the main reason for the squad to be formed in the first place. The Enchantress is from what I could gather is a human named June Moone who becomes possessed by some sort of super natural entity becoming an all powerful sorceress. In the comics June Moone becomes The Enchantress while at a costume party. The film incarnation will be an evil force inadvertently unleashed by an adventure seeking June Moone and possess her. I’m not really sure what to make of the over all design of her costume in film since she looks nothing like her comic book counter part. Granted she has had quite the costume change over the years but none of them look like the movie counterpart. In the movie, The Enchantress looks like Calypso from the Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End wearing a slave leia outfit from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

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If you think the idea of having a character like Captain Boomerang is a silly idea, Slipknot is really silly considering the line up of characters that we have in the film. Slipknot is a scientist turned mercenary who uses durable ropes to strangle people with. He is a super villain of a super hero called Firestorm (DC’s version of MARVEL’S Human Torch). I’m not making this up. Well the comic book counterpart is just some guy wearing a black and orange outfit while the movie counterpart is just some mercenary with ropes. Nothing really special also the idea of having a super villain with whip like weapons just reminds me of Ivan Vanko from Ironman 2 who is basically just a super villain with electrical whips.

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So as you can see I have a lot of problems with the way the movie is trying to depict their characters and the overall tone of the film. While some characters I’m okay with the way the movie is depicting them like Deadshot and Rick Flag. While writing this blog, I came to the conclusion that nothing will capture the look and feel of the Suicide Squad comics like the 2014 animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham. Even though the tone of the movie is dark, it still has has the same sense of fun a comic book movie should have. Also the more I think about it, Batman: Assault on Arkham is more of a movie about the Suicide Squad than the actual upcoming film. With the animated film it is about the members of the squad trying to break into Arkham Asyham to kill The Riddler while the Joker breaks lose and causes mayhem for the squad. Its like Ocean’s 11 just imagine George Clooney’s and Brad Pitt’s characters trying to kill each other every step of the heist.

Also the amount of members in each film is different. With the animated film we only had Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Black Spider, and King Shark (although he’s more like the James Bond villain Jaws on steroids) as the members of the squad and the Joker is the main villain of that movie. With the live action movie, not only do we have Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, and The Joker. We also get an additional 5 members which brings it to a total of 8 members. This only tells me that out of the 8 members, we might see several of them get killed on screen like cannon fodder. With the animated movie, it was really suspenseful since there was only a limited number of characters in the squad itself. Also this could be the biggest risk for DC right now because not only do they have everything riding on Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We also get this film about a group of super villains that going to come out later this summer. I have a feeling that this film is trying to be the Guardians of the Galaxy for the DCCU. At the end of the day if you want to watch a movie about the suicide squad, I recommend Batman: Assault on Arkham. A much better movie about the suicide squad, granted the movies haven’t even come out yet but I’m not really looking forward to each film. I think I will just wait when the movies are out of theaters and rent the two for a watch. At this point, I’m really starting to lose interest in the DCCU in terms of what direction that DC and WB are taking their cinematic universe. I’m hoping that the Wonder Woman movie will be decent since this will be the first comic movie based on Wonder Woman and after watching the footage for the film coming out next year. It looks like its going to be like the first Captain America movie all over again but with Wonder Woman instead of Captain America. I’m okay with this as long as DC and WB don’t go over board with the movie like Man of Steel or Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

 

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From my freshmen year of high school to my senior year of high school I was on a F.I.R.S.T. Robotics team called I.B.O.T.S. 2370. While I was on the team, I was designated photographer since I took a lot of pictures when the team built the robot and while we were at various competitions. However it hit me I now wanted to make a video for our team so that we could get more people to join. During my last two years of high school, I went to a tech center for video production. While I was there I made various types of video for that class from music videos, documentaries, promo videos, etc. There I made a few videos for the robotics team and from there this made me want to get into the video production career field.

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