Later in the year, Marvel debuts it’s second movie with a female lead as we learn more (posthumously, sort of) about the Avenger Black Widow. DC will release a sequel to its smash hit Wonder Woman, with more adventures of the Amazonian Princess. But before we get to those, there’s a mixture of heroes and villains in Gotham City with Birds of Prey. Or Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. Or Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.
Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad… what do all of these movies have in common? They have serious narrative issues AMONG OTHER SERIOUS ISSUES. But it’s not all gloom for Warner Bros’ DC Extended Universe. Here are 5 Reasons to Quit Worrying and Love the DCEU going forward.
We’re not in agreement on Suicide Squad around here, and that’s OK. That’s life. But rarely has Screen Junkies so perfectly encapsulated what I was thinking, so here you go.
I will post a lot more later when I manage to get home, but of special interest, I have learned that legendary comics writer Marv Wolfman has written a novelization of the Suicide Squad movie, and that tie-in novels are coming for both Flash (in November) and Arrow (a few months later).
The DCEU’s third installment has burst upon the scene in unusual circumstances: Suicide Squad has been tasked with reinvigorating a franchise that has been mostly lambasted with negative reviews from critics and a majority thumbs up from audiences (not to mention this) while falling short of Warner Bros’ financial expectations. Like its predecessors, this movie has proved divisive and today, I’m here to tell everyone that they’re both right.
There are a lot of bad reviews out of Suicide Squad. In my humble opinion, they are wrong. I just saw it, and thought it was a lot of fun. It wasn’t as good as some top tier Marvel efforts (Winter Soldier, Civil War, Avengers) but it was a LOT better than some of DC’s recent efforts (Man of Steel, Green Lantern, Hex). I thought it was a fun action flick with a few Easter Eggs and respected the original source material.
With the movie coming out soon, I thought this was a good time to go over the history of DC’s team of rogues. They first appeared in 1959 in the Brave and the Bold anthology title, and have had a few different incarnations. This piece will go over the major eras, and some of the big players.