Suicide Squad Is A Different Kind Of Comic Book Movie


Suicide Squad is different from other comic book movies. This should actually be kind of obvious since it features villains instead of your ordinary superheroes. But Suicide Squad director David Ayer explains that it’s more than just the villains that makes this comic book movie stand out from others:

"You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from f*cking Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. But you do this story about struggle and isolation and people who have been shit on that suddenly get thrown this lifeline… that’s not so bad… I like to think of this as the Comic Book Movie 2.0"

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That sounds like a pretty direct dig at certain Marvel properties. I’m all for something where more personal stakes are on the line. Not ever comic book movie needs to be about saving the world. In a way, Suicide Squad could be seen as a bigger risk than Batman v Superman, with further-reaching repercussions. Batman and Superman, even with a slightly different, more grounded take are pretty established characters.

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But in the case of the Suicide Squad, nearly all of these are characters that we are seeing on the big screen in a live-action film for the first time. This even goes for the Joker, who while we have seen on screen many times before, this is the first time with a drastically different take in an extended, connected comic book universe. Theoretically these villains could pop up in further DC movies down the line if Suicide Squad is well-received. Or we could hate the film and these characters are buried in the odd mature offshoot, never to be seen again. I certainly hope that’s not the case. We’ll find out for sure in August.

h/t Latino-Review