It’s fair to suggest that 2016 hasn’t been the greatest year for DC Comics thus far. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was their chance to make a stand against Marvel’s domination of the superhero genre, and although the film made a huge impact on fans and critics alike during release, the general consensus was one of negativity, while generally mixed reviews and a disappointing box-office left a dark shadow hanging over proceedings. Needless to say, it wasn’t the start to the Justice League franchise, or the future of the new DCEU, that DC and Warner Bros. were expecting.
Recent rumors, as revealed by Birth Movie Death, even suggest that Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have had a falling out due to the performance of Batman v Superman, one that — at time of this writing — failed to break the billion dollar mark, something that competitor Marvel has done in less time with Captain America: Civil War. However, DC were never banking all of their money on the one cinematic entry this year — their second bite at the apple is Suicide Squad, which launches later in the summer, and it was recently revealed that the movie has completed post-production. The film is finally ready for the world to see, and this weekend David Ayer couldn’t help but drop a hint at the final product.
The announcement was made via David Ayer’s official Twitter feed. He had the following to say.
“Squad is completed! Finished final mix and coloring. Now it’s off to the lab and then the world. Nothing like it out there. It.Is.a.Beast.”
For a film based on a clan of psychopathic supervillains, stating that the film is one of a kind is not that much of a stretch. From day one, fans have been eager to see this film for its unique spin on a group of villains turned into, as the trailer so eloquently puts it, the “worst heroes ever.” One key element of this announcement is the passion that’s been injected into the tweet; David Ayer clearly seems excited and happy about the final product, and his claim that Suicide Squad is truly unique will probably be shared with the masses on release. You only have to look at the current evidence on display to know this.
The unique promotional material thus far has driven DC fans into an absolute frenzy, and people can’t wait to finally see some of their favorite DC characters make their cinematic debut. Fan favorites Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Deadshot, and The Enchantress all make their big-screen bow in Suicide Squad, alongside some more familiar faces, namely The Joker. This isn’t your normal superhero movie though; the group are all villains who fell foul of the law in some way; they don’t want to be heroes, they just want to watch the world burn, and with the government controlling our band of not-so merry men and women, and the distinct lack of an ethical moral code, as is the rule-abiding norm with standard superheroes, the film will definitely tread new ground in the immensely popular genre.
Suicide Squad will also be the first part of the new DCEU that isn’t directed by Zack Snyder, following Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, so fans will be edging to see a chapter in the franchise that is helmed by someone else, a film with a different look, a new direction, and a fresh set of characters. As revealed by an early trailer, Batman will also make an appearance and be connected to all of the villains in some way, which will bridge the film to the incoming Justice League movie, so it seems DC have a huge plan up their sleeve, one that will be unravelled slowly. With certain hints hidden in Batman v Superman too, there’s definitely more than meets the eye to Suicide Squad, and it could totally change the direction of DC’s franchise spearhead.
Suicide Squad has been heavily promoted for the past several months, so it’ll be music to fans’ ears that the production is now complete. The film has certainly had its moments of trifle uncertainty, with multiple tales of hasty reshoots, some recasting — Tom Hardy was rumoured to be cast and dropped out early on — and even re-tweaking to its tone, due to the dull, brooding nature of Batman v Superman. The film was also rated PG-13, which had some fans concerned that the film will be a little tame, and not able to live up to the true nature and chaos of its titular characters. With David Ayer’s stellar track record behind him, one that has harnessed a reputation for visceral, honest filmmaking, this fear is probably a little premature.
In fact, since the reshoots were announced a few months ago — news that had fans worried about the final quality of the product — not much has surfaced about the film itself aside from social media tales of Jared Leto’s sinister gifts to fellow co-workers. It was rumored that Warner Bros. wanted to make the film funnier in the light of Batman v Superman‘s performance, and David Ayer played down the reshoots, claiming they weren’t a big deal, but now the film is complete, and the director is happy with the final product, it seems things are rolling smoothly for DC’s second main feature of 2016. With Justice League currently filming, they’ll be hoping Suicide Squad gives them a much needed adrenaline boost going forward. After all, DC still has a lot to prove.
Will DC bounce back with their second feature of the year? You can see yourself when Suicide Squad is released in theaters on August 5, 2016. Until then, you can enjoy the trailer below.
[Image/trailer via Warner Bros. Pictures]