Say it ain’t so, another Suicide Squad trailer 

Say it ain’t so, another Suicide Squad trailer 

We are days away from the release of Suicide Squad and what do we get? Another trailer.

Suicide Squad, another trailer…
An obvious advertising ploy given the Comic Con schedule. Maybe a little redundant because of all the other trailers.

The movie does look like it’s going to be good, even though there doesn’t seem much footage that hasn’t already been in the trailers. I don’t think I have the patience, but I wonder how much of the film could be created from the trailers. 

I am also curious whether there will be a post film trailer. 

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You’ve never heard of a secret council…

Gotham is chugging along with increasingly reliable stories. The first season finale of Gotham left us with a second season that ramped up the drama and drew much more specifically on the stories that make Batman great.

Threatening Bruce Wayne’s life over and over again does seem pretty redundant. They can mess with teh characters, but an element of dramatic irony means nothing really terrible is going to happen to Bruce, beyond the whole mum and dad getting killed.

There is good use of familar Batman characters and enough new ones to keep it interesting.

All generally positive reviews aside, my favourite and most memorable moment in all episodes is when Hugo Strange says to a drugged Jim Gordon, “You’ve never heard of a secret council.”

Pure classic.

 

Has Suicide Squad had a trailer?

It’s the start of June, summer feels like it’ really getting started. We’ve booked the holiday, department stores are starting to put swimsuits on sale and grocery stores are selling beers pre-mixed with lime. I’m thinking to myself what do I really need? Another Suicide Squad trailer? No, not really.

And yet here is the new trailer.

So, this one has all the parts we’ve already seen in the other trailer, except Batman makes a cameo . And really, doesn’t that make all the difference? While the Batman footage doesn’t look completely different from the fan film shot during production, there is yet more on this mysterious enemy they are fighting.

The Joker is clearly on the guest list, but might not be the big bad enemy. The Joker is too valuable to waste on the first film. Jared might be looking like a good bit of franchise work.

Instead, the villain for the Suicide Squad movie looks to be legion in numbers and probably supernatural. In an interview, David Ayer hinted at the villain saying the Squad faced a dangerous and unknown force. Clips suggest supernatural, which is convenient if you want an opportunity for a bunch of bad guys to cause destruction.

The Suicide Squad might not be as good as Deadpool, but we are looking forward its arrival on August 5. That should give enough time for another trailer, right?

 

Free Comic Book day

The first Saturday of May is upon us, bringing with it the annual Free Comic Book Day.

Not exactly a national holiday and not like many of the other made up days where we are encouraged to buy products to celebrate someone else’s made up day. Free Comic Book Day is everything it suggests. A day when there are free comic books available.

And all you need to do is turn up to a comic book shop. Simple. There are a selection of free comic books. A selection of free stories, well worth a trip.

Check out the selection.

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Agent Carter

Agent CarterAs the second season of Agent Carter draws to a close, I start to realise that I have been subject to a story that stretches beyond super villains, mobsters, spies and corruption. Although, to be honest, I must have been distracted by all the Marvel superhero connections.

In season one, Agent Carter was a marginalised agent working secretly for Howard Stark while also finding herself marginalised by the male agents. Season two has taken a different approach with the characters of Whitney Frost and Jason Wilkes. Issues of gender have been enhanced with race and social status. The aptly named zero matter, which already exists in the Marvel universe, has been used to good effect in the story of characters who find themselves restricted by social conventions and given opportunities to subvert morality under the influence of the unknown, unimaginable and uncontrollable power of zero matter, which for most of the series consisted of Whitney Frost using black goo to absorb people.

Having a show with a main female character leads to an inevitable marginalisation of the show. The fact that it is a period drama, doesn’t help, especially when it is going to be compared to Agents of Shield which is more directly connected to the Avengers movies.

A better comparison is the Marvel shows on Netflix, Daredevil, with a male main character and Jessica Jones, with a female main character. While Daredevil gets a higher status because of the familiarity that may exist because of the less than successful Ben Affleck film or a hugely successful five decades of comics, does that really account for the show’s success in relation to Jessica Jones?

The issues of female characters on TV (and in film for that matter) continues to be of concern. Just look at Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman. Sure she is going to get her own film, but she still needs to be introduced by Batman and Superman just as Superman needs a little helping hand from the cinematic successes of Batman. In Agent Carter, the writers and producers have taken a more proactive approach to the situation of gender and race in the setting of the 1950s.

Whitney Frost is striving against objectification while also absorbing the attention and compliments of men (when she isn’t literary absorbing men). Jason Wilkes is intangible for most of the series. His ability to make a physical impact reduced to nothing and occasionally become completely invisible and disappearing altogether. A little being of Richard Wright influence there? Probably a little too heavy for superhero show. Which brings us to the al important question of whether dealing with such weighty issues adds to the entertainment of the show and whether it should be renewed.

Why it shouldn’t be renewed is easy. This series does what other series don’t do. After the first Captain America film, it is no longer directly connected the cinematic franchise. Sure, it could be made relevant, but if one thing is being made clear with the Agents of Shield TV show, if the show can’t fit in with the film, it won’t. There have been little attempts to even suggest that the film could connect to the show. I mean, Fury appeared in the Age of Ultron, why not Agent Coulson? Well, there was that whole ‘Coulson got killed’ plot point to explain from the first Avengers film.

Why Agent Carter should be renewed is more difficult. Should the show be renewed just because it is doing something that no other show is doing? Part of me says yes, but if it can’t attract the viewers then maybe people aren’t ready for the ideas or the ideas aren’t being presented in an appropriately appealing way. Do we need difficult issues presented in an appealing way? Kinda yes. In order to introduce difficult ideas, they have to be presented in an accessible manner. Sure they are difficult but people won’t seek difficult ideas without motivation. Why would they?

Suicide Squad: “Going somewhere really bad”

New Year and a new Suicide Squad trailer. It’s getting to the point that I think I might have seen the whole film before I even get to the theatre, either that or it going to turn out to be a TV show with 32 episodes.

There is more of the same in the new trailer. More of the team. More lining up the characters you might not know and telling you how bad they are.

Interestingly, there are a couple of insights into the villain. Is it the Joker? Or is it more magical? Possibly to do with the Enchantress. At one point a the foot demon is seen ripping through a subway train. Related to the Joker or something else. There is evidence of the Joker with Harley Quinn. Is there evidence of the Joker downtown where all the mayhem happens? Not really. It is possible that the villain is yet to be revealed. It is possible that with all these exaggerated characters, the villain is going to be a little more ordinary (there has been rumours it is Ed Harris playing Antiphon who look like a smug looking white guy).

Hello Antiphon, you look mighty boring among such outrageous characters.

Whoever the villain is (it might just be like Guardians of the Galaxy and not really matter) it looks like the team is more than going to make up for any shortcomings. Or it could just be all released in the next trailer because there is still another seven months until it is released (5th August). More than enough time for another two, maybe three trailers.

 

Suicide Squad Trailer

Batman vs Superman Sneak Peek

Superman is an alien from another planet with superhuman powers and yet somehow we expected Batman to defeat him when he threatens humanity. It’s no different from any other alien invasion movie. They arrive with technological advancements, over-whelming odds and unknown powers…and yet humanity triumphs.

Well in the recent Batman vs Superman sneak peek, Superman certainly has the upperhand. There has certainly been a great deal of speculation about what is going on here. Superman’s allegiance with logo-wearing storm troopers would seem to suggest that he has gone evil. Corrupted by his power or (more likely) controlled by Lex Luther.

The evil superman storyline seems to be slightly familiar, oh yes, Superman III. Not that the story line isn’t worth repeating, but maybe we already know what the new Batman vs Superman trailer is going to look like. We’ll have to wait and see.