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As We Told You: James Gunn In Talks To Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’
As we reported back in October, James Gunn was not only aboard Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad to write, but he was also in talks to direct. The only new news today regarding the DC sequel is that the studio dated the title for an Aug. 6, 2021 release. Disney let Gunn go over the summer for his controversial Tweets (which upset the alt-right media) that predated his $1.6 billion global grossing work on Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Disney’s loss is Warner Bros.’ great gain. Charles Roven and Peter Safran are producing. Word is that the pic is a reboot with new actors and characters. The 2016 DC title grossed over $746M-plus WW and follows a ragtag group of baddies –Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc– who are forced to work for the government in exchange for better prison sentences.
Source : Deadline
The worst heroes ever just scored the best August preview ever, with "Suicide Squad" raking in $20.5 million Thursday night at the domestic box office.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" held the previous record, earning $11.2 million in previews 2014. The Marvel Studios film went on to earn $94.3 million in its opening weekend.
Pre-release projections put "Suicide Squad" on a course to finish its first weekend with anywhere between $125 million and $140 million, which would be a new domestic record for August.
The David Ayer film continues its rollout overseas, adding another $20.8 million on Thursday for a two-day international total of $29.6 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Suicide Squad" is outpacing both "Guardians" and "Deadpool" in many of the now 40 foreign markets. It debited Thursday in Russia with $3.9 million, scoring the best opening day for any film in that country.
"Suicide Squad" stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.
Source : CBR
He's crazy, she's crazy, and, almost as an afterthought, they’re all the "Worst Heroes Ever": Warner Bros.’ long-awaited "Suicide Squad" movie opens in less than two weeks, and ifthe trailers are any indication, it devotes a significant amount of screen time to The Joker and Harley Quinn.
It's not simply because she seems to wear sparkly underpants for the majority of the film, either. It's because her character Harley Quinn has become wildly popular in recent years. Bolstered in no small part by "Batman: The Animated Series" nostalgia and video game cameos, Harley has wrangled her own solo comic, a couple of team-up series and a new gang, not to mention a hefty chunk of floor space at Hot Topic. With her cinematic debut just around the corner, she's becoming one of the most highly recognizable female villains in fiction.
What's more, she’s probably the most important female villain to hit the screen -- in any genre -- in a long time. Whatever approach we see in this cinematic rendering of Harley Quinn will undoubtedly influence the character’s depiction in comics, and it may even affect the representation of females as villains in media more generally. Because she’s that popular.
That brings us to the matter of how female villains are treated in comics.
As an avid reader, I’m proud to say superhero comics have come a long way in their treatment of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. But although we continue to demand that our heroes represent more of us, so that more of us may use them as proxies, there are still qualities in mainstream superhero comics that hark back to more disappointing times.
Case in point: The depiction of female villainy expresses the very hypersexualization and diminutization we have largely purged from characterizations of our female heroes. And, although it's tempting to suggest the villainization of sexual promiscuity will act to undermine the tendency of real women to mimic those qualities, or for real men to desire those qualities, it doesn't really work that way. That’s because, unlike male villains, female foes are created to be more like ladies in distress than psychopaths, who need saving rather than shunning.
In other words, female villains aren’t free to be the complex characters their male counterparts are, at least not in traditional superhero comics. Instead, they seem to have all of the same limitations.
Source : CBR
To paraphrase one of his earlier roles, Will Smith can even make body armor and a crazy mask look good!
This time, it’s Japanese toymaker Medicom, which has unveiled its MAFEX Deadshot figure, based on Smith's appearance in the film. First and foremost, the sculptors absolutely nailed the star’s likeness.
Expected to ship in March 2017, the nearly 6.3-inch figure comes with Deadshot’s signature rifle and wrist gauntlets, a knife and three handguns. The figure also features interchangeable hands, two heads — masked and unmasked — as well as a display stand.
For those of you lamenting the death of DC Universe Classics, rest assured, Mattel is beginning to ramp up DC Comics-based figures again. And they will continue to collaborate with the Four Horsemen on them. However, if you are hoping for the return of a retail line solely focused on DC / Four Horsemen figures, that’s not happening in the near term.
Mattel’s strategy to have one line that encapsulates comics, movies, TV, and video game figures is working for them. The Four Horsemen, who were once the sole collaborators on collector-oriented DC figures from Mattel, will still have a portion of that – mostly the comics-inspired figures. Most of the others are falling outside the 4H aesthetic and are being done internally or by other design partners.
Warner Bros. has unveiled the official logo to Suicide Squad.
Premiering at this week’s Licensing Expo 2015 in Las Vegas, the logo for David Ayer’s super villain team-up film takes several visual cues from comic book artist David Aja. As Aja revealed last week, DC Comics commissioned the artist to design their 2011 "Suicide Squad" comic book series' logo. The series and logo lasted for 30 issues, before DC revamped both in 2014 with "New Suicide Squad".
We suppose it’s fitting that the cast of Warner Bros. and DC’s Suicide Squad have little to hide, with each passing week bringing set photos – and glimpses into the story along with them. Prior sequences focused on the assembled Squad heading into battle (in full costume), but the latest batch hinge squarely on the most twisted love affair in Batman comics: that of The Joker and Harley Quinn.
The first look at Jared Leto’s villain showed a more crazed criminal than comic fans are used to seeing in live-action, and the appearance of Margot Robbie’s Harley seemed designed to match. Now, the scene featured in set photos looks to offer a glimpse at their origin story, pulling major influences from the comic book mythology. SPOILERS ahead.
While the pair’s relationship has changed over the years, and recent rumors suggest their relationship in Suicide Squad will be even more strained than usual, one thing remains constant: they are a criminal duo that puts Bonnie and Clyde to shame. If the latest set photos show what they appear to, then the pair’s twisted and co-dependent bond is still very much intact.
The new batch of set photos have been collected by JustJared, revealing a scene in which a pre-transformation (read: un-costumed) Harley sees The Joker speed up in a supercar, and the pair engage in an argument… and a kiss. When a passerby steps in Harley shoots him dead before pressing the gun to Joker’s forehead, but the Clown Prince of Crime grabs it and slaps her:
Beyond confirming that Leto’s Joker look and his many tattoos are, in fact, accurate, the appearance of Harley Quinn without her red-and-blue costume and pale skin is telling. In the comics, Harley Quinn began her life as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum who found a kindred spirit in The Joker’s many psychoses. In DC’s New 52 continuity, The Joker used his sessions with the doctor to slowly fan the flames of Harley’s frustration and anger until she, too, became a murderer, then forced her through the same chemical transformation that granted him his skin tone and fractured mind.
It’s impossible to say if that same origin story will be adopted for Suicide Squad, or if there is anything more than good old-fashioned homicidal tendencies to blame for The Joker’s criminal career. But the set photos revealing Harley as a civilian, kissing The Joker, then killing an innocent bystander – but unable to kill her green-haired lover – paints a similar picture (even if it is in broad strokes).
Focusing on Leto’s well-dressed (and clearly well-funded) Joker look supports the idea that director David Ayer’s version of the iconic Batman villain will be a street criminal, as opposed to a fantastic comic book mastermind. The neon green hair and red lipstick means Leto will more than look the part, but his wealth and what looks to be celebratory dancing confirms suspicions that he will be a more deranged, malevolent villain than Batman movies have attempted.
That may prove divisive among those who prefer their Joker campy or laughable, but in a film where the ‘heroes’ sport assault rifles, Leto will need to be even more dangerous to come off as anything special. If The Joker’s character will be fleshed out as it relates to his early relationship with Harley Quinn, then it’s even more likely to see the duo appear in other (Batman?) films down the line.
Are you happy to see more evidence of the role Jared Leto will play in Suicide Squad, or does this scene simply raise more questions? Be sure to share your own theories about this scene, and Harley’s origin in the comments.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.