Last week, the second trailer for the upcoming film “Suicide Squad” was released on the Internet. My inner nerd exploded with joy as I saw the Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot waltz around the teaser causing havoc and mayhem to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Oh, it was glorious. At least, that’s what I thought. The social media cretins, with their profound knowledge and jadedness, cried foul at the Joker’s new look. As if Jared Leto’s portrayal was supposed to be similar to Jack Nicholson’s and Heath Ledger’s performances. And that was only the beginning…
There were many of the same overly negative reactions when the most recent trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” was released. Some even said that they were looking forward to the movie up until the latest teaser. Yikes.
But I guess this sort of thing is to be expected whenever a new superhero movie is announced. People are just never happy.
After looking at countless tweets and comments cursing DC Comics and the “Suicide Squad” filmmakers, I decided I'd had enough and headed out to ACME Comics & Collectibles for a bit of actual discussion (with less hostility) about the movie as well as DC Comics’ other upcoming film “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
I spoke with owner Fran McGarry and comic book enthusiast Stu Boyer.
What was your initial reaction after watching the new “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v. Superman” trailers?
Boyer: I’m really excited to see “Batman v. Superman.” “Suicide Squad” I’m kind of iffy on but I’ll still go see it. I’m not super excited about it.
McGarry: "Dawn of Justice" is going to be interesting. It looks like they're doing it more like Batman movies. It's more of a grim and nasty fight. It's one of the huge ongoing comic arguments. Who can win? Superman or Batman? "Suicide Squad" is going to get interesting, too. The more I see, the more I like it.
What are you most excited about for “Batman v. Superman”?
Boyer: Wonder Woman, of course! I liked the darkness in it. I’m not too keen about who they've got playing Lex Luthor. I think that was a bad choice. I think the story should be good. And I hear there’s going to be something after the credits.
With “Batman v. Superman,” there are talks of an eventual Justice League movie. Do you think it will happen?
Boyer: I hope it will happen. And I hope it happens sooner than what they have planned out.
What turned you off about that new “Suicide Squad” trailer?
Boyer: “Suicide Squad,” for me, should be like a “Smallville” or “Arrow.” Just some kind of standalone thing without the Joker and Batman involved.
Does anything worry you about "Suicide Squad"?
McGarry: The only thing that has me scared is the fact that they're throwing in a ton of characters. And they're not mainstream and no one is going to know who they are. That could get very problematic. But you can't do "Suicide Squad" without a lot of characters.
What do you think of Joker’s new appearance?
Boyer: I don’t like it. I don’t care for it at all. When I see it on the screen, maybe it will warm me over a bit.
McGarry: It doesn't bother me. I'm glad they're not trying to stick with the Heath Ledger [look] just because the problem would be everybody would compare them.
What do you think of Ben Afleck as Batman?
Boyer: He looks a little overweight. I think he can play Batman but I don’t think he can play Bruce Wayne. I look at him and don’t think Bruce Wayne. Throw a mask over him and he’s Batman.
McGarry: I learned way back from the first relaunch of Batman after the '60s and the huge hiatus, to wait and actually see them. When they first said who the characters were in the first "Batman" movie, we were all tearing them to shreds. The only one we liked was Jack Nicholson. But after we watched the movie we were like, "Hey! This isn't bad." I don't make judgement.
Which movie would you rather see?
Boyer: “Batman v. Superman.” That’s a no-brainer. It just looks good. It will fall apart on me in some places I’m sure. But I still want to see it. But I also really want to see the "Deadpool" movie. I really, really, really want to see that.