This movie looks terrifying. Despite pictures being released of Pennywise, the trailer never really features a lingering shot of the monster clown. This helps build up suspense for when we get an actual reveal. Plus, that slideshow sequence was absolutely terrifying. I am not the biggest horror fan but this movie has me hyped.
So earlier this week it was announced that Ben Affleck would not be directing the solo Batman for the DC Extended Universe. It really was not that much of a surprise considering his recent flip flopping statements about the film. How the film might not be made if the script wasn’t good enough and then how he was definitely making the film. So it was all very cluttered and just flat out confusing. But when announcing that he would not be directing the film, it was said that he would be involved as a producer and presumably his script will be used. But there are various reasons why he probably did not direct.
- Directing and starring in a film is a daunting task. Many filmmakers can and have done it before to various results. But I haven’t seen a director star in a $150 million plus action film. That has to be rough.
- Clashing with the studio. All you have to look at is Affleck’s comments about the status of the film and there is something off there.
- Live by Night was a failure. Commercially unsuccessful and critically just meh. Another big budget movie starring Affleck. This may have shook his confidence.
- Personal issues. All you have to do is read a tabloid.
So is it a shame that Ben Affleck is not directing the solo Batman movie? Who’s to say? Presumably but these things are a crap shoot. All there is to do now is focus on getting a director that can bring a unique vision to the film and also gel well with Affleck. Fingers crossed.
The third trailer for WB’s “Suicide Squad” was released last night and the story of the movie is starting to become more clear. From the get go, it is clear that the movie is set after “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Some minor spoilers ahead, during a government briefing Superman is referred to in the past tense. There are also quick images of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller watching the climatic battle from that movie. There were rumors that the movie was supposed to be set in between “Man of Steel” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” but that no longer seems to be the case. Though there are hints that there may be some sequences set in the past.
A big question surrounding the movie seems to be who exactly is the villain? Is it The Joker or is it The Enchantress? Is it a mix of the two as there have been precedent for The Joker to hijack another villain’s plot. Or is it someone we haven’t even seen yet? In all the trailers, you can see the Suicide Squad fighting some sort of black creatures. The creatures are never focused on so as there is never a clear shot of them. So what are these things? The Joker and The Enchantress are two heavily featured characters but it is easy to spot that they are not actually members of the team. They are the two unknown factors within the movie and hopefully they remain that way until the actual movie itself is released.
What role does Batman play in the movie? It makes sense that Batman would be a presence in the movie as four of his villains from the comics are in the movie. We also see a chase scene between Batman and The Joker and Harley Quinn. There are rumors that he might be playing a bigger role than a cameo than originally believed. One can hope that he is natural to the movie and not shoehorned in. It is somewhat known that WB can rely too much on Batman and not really give a chance for their other characters to shine. The verdict is still out on how much The Bat is featured.
Finally, it is exciting to see more aspects of the DC Extended Universe being explored. There are talks about Superman and Batman is featured and there are a bevy of villains from the DC Comics universe being featured. Who also knows what characters that are in the movie that we yet do not know of. Though many believe that WB stumbled with “Batman v. Superman” they are still going along and exploring more of their characters and universe that is at their disposal. The DC Extended Universe is alive and seemingly thriving and it is an exciting time.
“Suicide Squad” will be the first movie released in the DC Extended Universe after “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Instead of focusing on the heroes that come from DC Comics, instead the film will focus on the villains. The team, Task Force X, informally dubbed the Suicide Squad, are a group of villains who are forcefully recruited into working for the government in exchange for time off but are also expendable and will be killed if they stray off from their objective or are considered a liability. The first footage from the film was released in a trailer from San Diego Comic-Con 2015 and though it was not supposed to be released to the general public, it was leaked and WB had no choice to release it to the public. It was a haunting trailer with dramatic music and emphasizing that these were bad people who were being forced to do bad things. The trailer went over fairly well.
Cut to January 2016 and the first official trailer was released and it was a complete 180 from the trailer released months before. Queen’s “Boheminan Rhapsody” plays throughout the background and there is a general more “fun” tone to the trailer. Many people were wondering if the trailer was being reactionary. There were many comparisons to the trailer of “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The movie was still months away however and things went quiet about the movie.
“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” was released to middling to bad reviews. Many found fault that there was no “fun” in the movie. Come March 31, 2016 and news reports saying how there were massive reshoots happening for the film. Reshoots are common place for big budget films but it was reported how these were more extreme and there was much more money being dumped into these reshoots than normal. So is this all reactionary towards “Batman v. Superman”? That seems to be a problem as that is not the movie that people set out to make and coming off more as studio mandates.
The movie is titled “Suicide Squad” and features a team of criminals and features one of the biggest villains in all of fiction, The Joker who is a mass murderer. If these reshoots are just reactionary to how “Batman v. Superman” was perceived, then that makes one concerned. If the film was not developed with this “more fun” tone from the beginning, it can come off jarring especially if the more fun elements clash with the rest of the film. Time will tell and audiences will all certainly know when the film is released in August 5, 2016.