I know what you’re thinking, #SuicideSquad was a heaping piece of s#!t. Why on earth would we need more movies like it? Well, I try to view every failure as a lesson learned. I think we’re reaching a point where people might actually stop to think, “should I spend my hard earned money to watch another superhero movie? The last ones weren’t very good….this ones probably no different.” This happened in the 90’s after Joel Schumacher nearly killed off Batman for good. And then we finally got the hero we deserved. Thank you Christopher Nolan!
It’s now the second weekend Suicide Squad has been out and it’s seeing a huge 67% drop in box office numbers. Hurray! People are learning. The only way studio execs will learn is if you hit em’ where it hurts…..their wallets of course! Now that’s not to say that with these box office numbers, we’re not going to see more from the DC Universe. Several projects are already in the works. Hopefully we’ll see the origins of Harley Quinn’s short shorts in the next installment. Every thirteen year old boy will be watching this over and over again.
What else can we learn from Suicide Squad? Well, how about not trying to pander to the audience and actually stand behind your creative vision? Apparently there were several successful test screenings. How reliable are these people?
Are you just saying these things because you want free tickets and to be invited to more test screenings? Do you have eyes and ears? There were times during the film where I felt uncomfortable. The lack of character development is offensive. All I got from Diablo was that he spanks his wifes @## at the dinner table in front of his kids and says esé alot. After meeting the squad for one day, all of a sudden their his “family”. And apparently all Killer Croc wants is BET in his prison cell. HA HA HA HA HA!
And yes, I arranged a lot of knives in my living room in a circular pattern just so that I can look cool laughing while the camera pans out to some top 40 music.
Another lesson we can learn is that there are no quick fixes. According to Cinemablend.com, Warner Bros. spent millions on reshoots after audiences complained about Batman Vs. Superman’s darker tone. They wanted “fun character moments and interactions.” Yes, that should do the trick. Let’s add some funny one liners throughout the film. Genius!
I recently read Cillian Murphy’s comments about superhero movies in an article by Vulture. He made reference to how Nolan’s vision of Batman was grounded in relatable reality.
” It’s a slightly heightened level of storytelling, where New York is Gotham, and no one did anything magical. Batman in his movies just did a lot of pushups…” Cillian said.
He also made a great analogy between superhero movies now and the joke they’ve become.
“I reckon they’re going to make a movie of Rice Krispies starring Snap, Crackle, and Pop,” Murphy said with a laugh. “I’m hoping to play Crackle.”
“I’ll play Pop,” Dornan said.
Snap Crackle and Pop is set to hit movie theaters near you in 2018.
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