FILM PREVIEW: THE SUICIDE SQUAD (2021)
Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films are still ambitious to compete with their rivals: Disney and Marvel Studios. Which was a huge success with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Unmitigated, to compete with the MCU, starting in 2022, Warner Bros. Pictures plans to release six DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films per year!
Warner Bros. big plans. Pictures was revealed by DC Films President Walter Hamada at the end of December 2020. The American of Japanese descent stated that the release of the latest DCEU films in 2022 will take place through two platforms: Cinemas and streaming service HBO Max (which is owned by WarnerMedia).
According to Walter Hamada, the big-budget DCEU films, which are targeted at theatrical audiences, will still be released in theaters. Examples are Black Adam, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Meanwhile, smaller-scale films, such as Batgirl and Blue Beetle, will launch on the HBO Max streaming platform.
Before releasing the latest DCEU films in 2022, in 2021, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films warmed up first. With the release of The Suicide Squad. The film, made by director James Gunn, is already airing simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming channel and in American cinemas this Thursday (5/8). Meanwhile, in Jakarta, because cinemas are still closed due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, the release schedule for this film has to be postponed.
The film The Suicide Squad by James Gunn is a continuation of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad which was released in 2016. However, even though it is a continuation, not all of the cast from the first film will appear in the second film. Therefore, many say, apart from being a standalone sequel, this latest film can also be called a soft reboot.
Director James Gunn, whose name skyrocketed after gushing Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), has indeed brought many new names to the The Suicide Squad film project. One of them is John Ostrander. Which, incidentally, is the creator of the Suicide Squad. Which first appeared in DC Comics’ Legends comics in January 1987. In this film, Ostrander has a cameo role as Dr. Fitzgibbon.
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Besides John Ostrander, James Gunn also collaborated with legendary actor Sylvester Stallone to join The Suicide Squad. However, the Rocky star (1976) only became the voice of the character Nanaue, aka King Shark. Which is a human hybrid creature and a shark. Who likes to eat that person. Your ex, who likes cheating, it’s good to eat King Shark instead. Hehe.. #curcol
Besides Sylvester Stallone, a new name that also attracts attention in The Suicide Squad is John Cena. The former smackdown wrestler plays Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker. A ruthless killer who justifies any means to create peace. Yes, the character is unique. In fact, it was so interesting that Peacemaker made its own series.
Besides Sylvester Stallone and John Cena, the new name that is also eagerly awaited by his appearance in The Suicide Squad is Idris Elba. In the past, initially, when his name was just announced, the veteran black actor was thought to be playing Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot. Played by Will Smith in the first Suicide Squad film.
Will Smith, who plays Deadshot, has indeed resigned, from the second The Suicide Squad film project, due to conflicting schedules. Termination of his contract with Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films, last February 27, 2019, went smoothly and without conflict. However, it seems that Jaden Smith’s father is still interested in appearing in the next DCEU films.
Therefore, director James Gunn also decided not to look for a replacement for Will Smith. Idris Elba, who was initially touted as his successor, was later given another role. Not as Deadshot, but as Robert DuBois, aka Bloodsport. A mercenary who has a sophisticated costume and is good at using a variety of weapons.
In the latest trailer for The Suicide Squad, released by Warner Bros. Pictures at the end of last June, there were several exciting scenes and introductions to the character of Bloodsport, played by Idris Elba. The criminal figure, it is said, was detained in Belle Reve. The so-called deadliest prison in the United States. He was convicted of shooting Superman with a kryptonite bullet. Until the Man of Steel klenger and entered the ICU, aka the intensive care unit, in the hospital.
Broadly speaking, in fact, the story of The Suicide Squad still carries the premise of a villain against a villain. Like in the first film. However, director James Gunn stated, in this second film, he wants to concoct a more complex story. According to him, the story of this film is not about good people versus bad people. The story of this film is all gray.
In addition, James Gunn revealed, The Suicide Squad also explores ethical issues. According to him, sending a gang of criminals on a suicide mission, to reduce their sentences, does sound reasonable. However, problems then arise when Amanda Waller recruits King Shark and Weasel. Even though they are two super-ability figures, they are still animals.
Interestingly, among the many animal characters in The Suicide Squad, James Gunn’s favorite is Starro. To him, the figure of the giant starfish was strange, but terrifying at the same time. The filmmaker who was born on August 5, 1970 revealed that Starro is only one of the many antagonists in his film.
The DCEU multiverse concept, the plan, will begin to be applied to The Flash. In the film project, starring Ezra Miller, there will be two Batman that appears. Namely, Ben Affleck’s Batman version and Michael Keaton’s Batman version. They have been confirmed to appear in the film The Flash. Which, according to the plan, will be released on November 4, 2022.
Walter Hamada admits that the concept of the multiverse in the film has not been tested like in the comics. Because, until now, no one has tried such a concept. However, Hamada feels the fans will be able to understand it. He believes, if DC Films is able to make good multiverse films, they will follow suit.
And, as a result, before actually stepping into the multiverse, it seems, DC Films first got a breath of fresh air through The Suicide Squad. After being released for the first time in British cinemas on 30 July 2021, this 132-minute film received a very positive response from critics. In fact, it is touted as one of the best DCEU films. The story is funny, exciting, and flows quickly. However, unfortunately, the film with a budget of USD 185 million is still not available for us to enjoy in cinemas.