On Tuesday, the Suicide Squad trailer finally dropped, and we were all blessed with footage that wasn’t taken on a camera phone. After all of the hype, I was thrilled to finally see the trailer. The thrill, however, was short lived. I hate to say it, but I was severely underwhelmed by the Suicide Squad trailer.
While I believe that the idea of a Suicide Squad film is an excellent idea–the fact that an entire film focuses on villains rather than heroes is not a common Hollywood trope–I’m not sure if it will be executed properly. Granted, it’s only the trailer, but this promotion has not sold me yet.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, watch it now before proceeding.
The thing about the trailer that makes it so underwhelming is that it doesn’t tell any sort of story. Yes, we get a glimpse into the tiniest inkling of what the movie will be about, but nothing else. From what I gather, the film will more than likely focus on the creation of the Suicide Squad; this is based off the bit of exposition given to us though the dialogue of Viola Davis (who plays Amanda Waller). She gives off the impression that there is a problem that needs to be stopped, and the best way to eradicate the problem is through the use of some of the most dangerous villains in the DC universe: Deadshot, Killer Croc, Enchantress, Boomerang, Slipknot, El Diablo, Katana, Floyd Lawton, and Harley Quinn. What the problem is never gets told in the trailer, but could be alluded to towards the end with the appearance of the Joker (played by Jared Leto). Either way, I’m still confused as to what the plot of the movie might actually be.
Plus, there seems to be little cohesion. The trailer was filled with so many random cut scenes that I was having a hard time finding any significance to them. They mostly had a lot to do with the seemingly thrown-in scenes featuring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and the countless lost and lonely glances of everyone else in the Squad. Why are they all walking despondently everywhere they go? Why are there five scenes of Harley just hanging in a cage? There are so many unanswered and useless questions that I wonder why I’m asking them at all.
With all this uncertainty, I do have to wonder to whom is this movie being marketed to. Now, I do have a confession to make: I’m not entirely familiar with the Suicide Squad comics. I’m very familiar with Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Killer Croc thanks to the Batman universe, but not so much with the Squad. I’m not sure if this movie is going to be mainly geared towards the Suicide Squad fans, but at the rate that superhero films are chugging along, I doubt that it will be entirely inclusive. Maybe I’m missing something that the Suicide Squad fans will know instantly?
Even still, the trailer and the film should be engaging in some respects. I can’t speak for everyone, but with all of the issues I’ve seen, the Suicide Squad movie so far looks really boring. It’s a comicbook movie! I want to see some action, some kickass moves, and I want to see the villains flex their muscles a bit. Even Joker seems boring–but looks freaking amazing, I will say. There was just no “Wow” factor for me, and that’s why I feel so underwhelmed. I always like to think though, that the film will prove me wrong; after all, we have been given only the first trailer after months of leaked photos and footage. I just hope that I’m proven wrong in the end.
P.S. I found this helpful article about the Suicide Squad film and it’s many, many characters. You can read it here if you’d like.