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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Keeping us Guessing about TV Shows

Mystery, does it keep you watching?

In the not too distant past, less channels had original content. We have more shows being produced and consequently more shows being cancelled. At one time, for the majority of shows, there was only a passing awareness of seasons. Did we know when we passed from The Simpsons season six to seven? Probably not. We also weren’t as aware of narrative arcs. We didn’t anticipate the finale or have a sense of a main protagonist for a show.

In short, the way we watch TV has changed.

The big question is whether this changes us or whether our expectations have changed the shows? It is a bit of a chicken and an egg question. What we do have is an increasing awareness of rating and show cancellation. Does this make us invest more in our shows? Do we establish a sense of ownership when our shows are threatened? Currently, there is some uncertainty about the future of Agent Carter. The ratings have been falling across the season and you can show your support with #RenewAgentCarter.

The Walking Dead finale has caused a little contention with its mystery death. Should we have been told who was killed? Should we have to wait weeks to see the next episode? Are we just being dragged along for the sake of it or is this gripping TV?

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Another good example is The Flash’s midseason break. We have one big reveal with the identity of the main protagonist Zoom, but we still have the ongoing mystery of the man in the mask. Like Walking Dead, the identity of the masked man has created multiple online discussions (I won’t go into my thoughts but I’m between Wally West and Eddie/Eobard Thawne). Is that the point?

The Flash example is a good one because it pushes us towards becoming engaged with the mystery. After just unmasking Zoom, we are reminded the mask purposefully hides an individual’s identity and the reason why Zoom was hiding his identity was because he was (possibly) one of the good guys. Zoom’s identity also reminds us we should have been able to figure out his identity because it was right in front of us. Its stands to reason we should be able to figure out the identity of the man in the mask. Everything about the man in the mask encourages us to anticipate the return of the show and discuss the details online. Is that the point? Is that how we have changed? Are we all just people who read the last page of a mystery novel after the first chapter? If there is someone on a show we think we know or are confused about a plot or eager to find out what happens? What do we do? Wikipedia.

In a world of Wikipedia, do we need the mystery in shows to keep us watching?

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.

 

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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.