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Suicide Squad (2016) Trailer 2 Review

Recently, the new Suicide Squad trailer dropped. And, I have some thoughts.

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To begin, I’ll say that the first Suicide Squad trailer, which came out of Comic Con, didn’t do it for me. I simply was not excited to see this movie from the trailer alone.

This new trailer changed that. I did a complete 180 somewhere in the middle of this trailer.

The trailer features Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” throughout, which is a surprisingly good fit for what happens in the trailer, even going so far as to sync up with the actions that we see on screen.

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In the trailer, the members of Suicide Squad are seen in some special, high security prison. Dozens of men grapple and beat Deadshot (Will Smith). Fire-based baddie El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is subjected to water torture, or at the very least water is used to subdue him. And Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) is shown completely insane, getting into fights with guards wherever possible.

What I love about this trailer is that it showcases the film as a pure action romp. It is very comic-like, as opposed to the overused brooding and darkness that has prevailed in DC films ever since the success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. I hope the film itself embodies this mood to the fullest extent, because who wants to see a bunch of comic book villains brood for two hours.

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Some highlights from the trailer include a short excerpt of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn explaining the voices in her head, which makes me excited for her performance in the film. We also get a line from Jared Leto’s Joker, which is delivered devilishly well, and gives me hope for this incarnation of the iconic villain.

And Will Smith, well, all I need from him are those looks early on in the trailer to get me excited for him.

So yes, I’m on board. But I’m still cautious with my hopes. Here’s why.

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First off, there is a lot going on in this trailer. Does this mean we will get a gaudy movie with too much spectacle for its own good? Possibly. There’s no way to tell, I just hope that that isn’t the case.

Second: Jai Courtney. He is pretty disliked in Hollywood right now for his appearances in poorly received franchise installments of Die Hard and Terminator. This isn’t to dismiss him outright without seeing his performance in this film, but he appears to be doing nothing but yelling and jumping around in this trailer. And the comic relief clip of him drinking in the middle of a fight doesn’t land for me. If he is meant to be a comic relief character, we may be in trouble.

Either way, Suicide Squad looks like it is going to be an exciting DC movie, which is something I haven’t said in a while.

As always, thanks for reading

—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)

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