“You’ve become part of a bigger universe. You just don’t know it yet.” -Nick Fury (Iron Man, 2008)
Back in 2008, Marvel took a huge risk: Make comic book heroes cool again. Eight years and twelve movies later, Disney’s MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has grossed well over $3.5 Billion, with titles such as Iron Man, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and the two Avengers titles.
Marvel’s comic book rival, DC Comics, has recently decided to cash in on the idea of a “share movie universe.” After the success of director Zack Snyder’s 2013 “Man Of Steel,” the wheels started turning behind the scenes. In the past year, you cannot go anywhere without hearing about the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” film that’s designed to set up the Justice League, DC’s equivalent to The Avengers.
Soon after the film’s announcement, a second DC film was announced: Suicide Squad. The film, which will share a universe with Dawn of Justice, follows a band of DC villains as the eponymous team. With a roster that includes Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Deadshot, the biggest announcement was a new iteration of The Joker, played by Jared Leto, much to the fans’ dismay.
A trailer for Suicide Squad was revealed back in July, and fans went insane. Their opinions on Leto’s Joker changed drastically, and are more than excited to see what he has to offer. Leto is known for going in-depth with the characters he play. On his performance, cast mate Will Smith has said “I’ve never actually met Jared Leto. We worked together for 6 months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ I literally have not met him yet. So, the first time I see him will be ‘Hey, Jared. What’s up?’ He was all in on the Joker.” (from Complex)
Despite Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice having been one the most anticipated film of the year, Suicide Squad may just be giving the film a run for it’s money. The film’s first official trailer dropped January 19th, and shows off what the fans really want: The worst heroes ever.
Will the film live up to expectations? Suicide Squad hits theaters August 6, 2016.
Alex is a junior at Concordia University Chicago studying communications and journalism. Follow him on twitter @alexaguiluz_