The Suicide Squad’s Red-band Trailer Makes It A Very Different DC Movie

The red-band trailer for The Suicide Squad teases an adult-oriented film. But it also looks like a very different kind of DC movie than recent others.

The Suicide Squad‘s new, red-band trailer is a lot of fun and has a slew of big stars in it, but it also seems like a very different movie than what’s been released in the DCEU over the past few years. Directed and written by James Gunn (who’s also known for, among other things, his writing and directing involved with Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), it looks like this follow-up to 2016’s Suicide Squad is the still-irreverently-awesome soft reboot that the world needs. And its red-band trailer wholeheartedly earns its restricted rating.

The Suicide Squad‘s red-band trailer is littered with different kinds of adult language — and it’s all done in a hilarious way, from Bloodshot (Idris Elba) voicing explicitly-conveyed exasperation with Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) to Harley Quinn’s (once again played by Margot Robbie) unique take on raindrops at the trailer’s very end. Not to mention, there’s even some gore in there too, with King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone) ripping someone in half right on-screen. The three-minute wild ride certainly teases a very funny, violent, action-packed, and adult-oriented film (which is, as the trailer puts it, “from the horribly beautiful mind of James Gunn“). And this iteration of the DC Comics supervillain posse seems to revamp the concept that garnered tepid reviews for its 2016 version.

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The trailer for The Suicide Squad is promising, but it’s also a far cry from the DCEU movies of the last few years. The universe has, for the most part (minus examples like Birds of Prey and the original Suicide Squad), had a much more family-friendly, serious tone. Films like Wonder Woman and Aquaman have combined superhero fantasy, action, and drama to help flesh out beloved characters’ origins. And 2019’s Shazam!, while silly and fun, was certainly on a very different comedic wavelength than what The Suicide Squad is marketed as in its new trailer. And, since cinema is subjective — and also doubly complicated when it’s portraying characters and storylines from immensely-beloved franchises with an abundance of canonical material — some who watch the trailer will be disappointed with the tonal shift. However, for many, this is exactly the kind of revamped iteration that many people want and need.

One main issue with the 2016 version was that its trailers mostly painted it as either darkly edgy and sarcastically funny, whereas, in addition to falling flat in general, the actual film didn’t quite pack either of those punches in the way that many hoped it would. Though tonally different than a lot of DC movies over the last few years, especially since Zack Snyder left the franchise in 2017, this thematic change should be refreshing. If the red-band trailer is any indication, James Gunn’s take on the property is set to inject some much-needed levity and adult-oriented action into the DCEU. At the least, the new Suicide Squad trailer promises plenty of razor-sharp wit.

With the kind of direction that James Gunn previously brought to his Guardians of the Galaxy movies (which have become known for their whimsical and humorously off-the-wall tone), it’s likely that The Suicide Squad will deliver on the trailer’s promises once the film arrives this summer. It’s already been an exciting year for DC fans looking for a bit of a shake-up, and it’s looking like this new installment will keep that momentum going.

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