My thoughts on the new “Suicide Squad” trailer

This trailer increases my, for lack of a better word, “suspicion” about Suicide Squad: The movie doesn’t take the concept of evil seriously. The movie treats mentally and physically scarred individuals as people to be imitated, rather than learned from.

The trailer, with its action, witty dialogue, and music, is saying “Don’t you want to be a member of Suicide Squad?”

When the trailer should be saying “If you can’t be a good example, be a terrible warning.”*

That’s just my take on it.

If I want a realistic depiction of superheroes and supervillains, I’ll stick with Watchmen.

Both Suicide Squad and Watchmen are about groups of physically and mentally scarred people fighting for a greater good, set in a world that is asked to be taken seriously. (A “dark” and “gritty” world, to use two of Hollywood’s favorite buzzwords.)

Yet, judging purely by their trailers, the two movies couldn’t be more different.

Watchmen, and Suicide Squad by the looks of it, are graphic in more ways than one. And both features individuals broken, each in their own way, by a fallen world. But: Watchmen takes its subject matter seriously.

Yes, there was a previous, darker trailer for Suicide Squad.

But this post isn’t about that trailer.

Thank you for reading.

*Catherine Aird.

 

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