DC’s New Films: Trailers and Footage – Oh My!

Some of you might have heard that last night was a pretty big event in the DC movie world. On the CW, after the premiere of a new episode of The Flash, we got a sneak peak into what DC is cooking up with Warner Brothers in terms of their cinematic adventures. We got some general info on the members of the Justice League, footage from the  Wonder Woman solo movie, and the debut of the first full-length Suicide Squad trailer. Was it good? Was it bad? Was it what we wanted? Well, these were only brief looks at these new movies at best, but they sure brought up a lot to think about. Here’s a breakdown of The Good, The Bad, and The Comicy.

The Wonder Woman Footage

She’s here, Geekettes! The first official batch of footage from the stand alone Wonder Woman movie premiered on the small screen, and what we got was definitely interesting. For one, as someone who has loved the original incarnation of Wonder Woman more than her New 52 counterpart, this movie definitely intrigues me. It has some hints of Downton Abbey with the period scenes – but when it comes to the action, the tone and look seem to shift dramatically. The fight choreography seems a tad stiff, but will hopefully be smoothed out once the film is finished.

The one slightly annoying angle I didn’t like about this segment was the hand over fist approach of talking about Wonder Woman’s history as a feminist icon. As much as I believe that is a very important part of the character’s rich history, it shouldn’t be the only thing brought up about her either, especially when people like Kevin Smith (who has been involved in some questionable things involving misogyny in the past) say lines that seemed to be spoon fed to them.

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If there was one thing I am truly concerned about, is the lack of Diana’s voice in all the footage we’ve seen of her in the DC films thus far. Maybe it is because a lot of my favorite actors/characters in the past have been dubbed over for silly reasons (*cough* Silver Surfer *cough*) but I’m really hoping that DC isn’t trying to cover up something about Gal’s performance as Diana (in both BvS and her own film), vocally. She looks like she’s working really hard here, and I think hearing a bit of dialog from her would sell her performance even more than these somewhat “Vogue-like” shots.

Overall, I’m curious how this is all going to flow together, but seeing Patty Jenkins in the directing chair has me feeling pretty comfortable. Or, as comfortable as I can be with a movie that has been in as much production hell as this project has.

Suicide Squad Full Trailer

As for the other big reveal of the night, Suicide Squad showed off a ton more footage in its first full trailer. And personally speaking, it was pretty magical. Though my problems with the film still stand (You know, like why does The Joker have his problems literally tattooed to his forehead?) this was an excellently edited trailer, with lots of interesting eye candy in all the right places.

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For starts, the person that clearly stole the show (surprisingly) was Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Typically, I am the first one to say that Jai comes off like the acting equivalent to Nickelback, and I could never get why Hollywood continued to cast him in movie after movie – especially where he showed his charisma levels were on par with a potato. Yet somehow, in this small segment of footage, Courtney transformed himself from a lackluster pretty boy to an actually entertaining goofball.

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Also, I’ll confess that I enjoy what I’ve seen thus far of Leto’s Joker. He’s probably the first incarnation of the character, since Cesar Romero’s take, who really seems to enjoy his job. The shot of him laying in an organized pile of props and weapons, his joyful glee as he shoots down an enemy while dressed to the nines…he really is having fun – as is Leto in the role itself. Margo as Harley, on the other hand, is hit or miss. On the positive side, there are little touches (waving from the window, a glance here and there) that remind me of Harley straight from her recent rendition in the Arkham video games. However, there are also a few moments that seem rather forced – specifically the joke she says about voices in her head. This is yet another example of this movie continuing its frustrating trends of “telling” rather than just showing.

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This trailer also has some of the most beautiful and “whimsical” shots I’ve seen thus far from these new DC flicks. One that particularly stands out is an image that seems to be connected to Harley’s backstory, in which Joker leaps down to save her from a pool of chemicals. As he pulls her out from the terrorizing scene, you can make out that the colors of their clothes dissolving form into a shape of a familiar “loving” symbol. And if you know anything about these two, that is just a hint of things to come.

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Essentially, this is the best trailer to come out of DC and Warner Brother’s new slate of films. It has raw energy – a real kick, if you will, in the cinematic gut of its audience. The movie might not yet seem as perfect as everyone would want it to be, but yet Suicide Squad clearly shows it has an advantage over BvS – it refuses to take itself too seriously, an element that makes me more excited to watch it than “Dawn of Blah”.

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So what do you think of all the new DC film footage? Are you excited for Wonder Woman? Would you have liked to have heard her voice, and what accent they are going with for the character? Are you curious about Suicide Squad? What are your favorite members of the group thus far? Comment below and tell us all your feelings!

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