It’s little secret that the DC Extended Universe, the Warner Bros-owned comic company’s attempt at a rival to the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe, is struggling. Whilst its three existing movies – 2013’s ‘Man of Steel,’ and 2016’s ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ – all performed well at the box office, none of them have won over audiences or critics the way Marvel have. This means that, at present, the only DC movie lined up for release in 2018 is ‘Aquaman.’ However, it has emerged that the studio are contemplating filling the gap left by ‘The Batman’ by accelerating the development process on one of their planned films.
‘Suicide Squad’s’ many, many detractors were left aghast on Sunday night, when the critically mauled blockbuster walked away with an Academy Award.
Five different films, including Oscar nominees “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad,” won awards on Sunday night at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.
A raft of thespians really made the effort to become unrecognisable for roles in 2016, whether through over-eating (McConaughey), heavy prosthetics (Downton’s Dan Stevens for ‘Beauty and the Beast’) or simply just bad eyebrows (John Travolta in ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson). Here are a few more of the best. Image credits: Reuters/Disney/Lionsgate/BBC/Associated Press/Cover Media/Warner/Universal/Deadline/Fox/Sony/Focus Features/FameFly/Instagram/AFP/FX/US Weekly/WENN/GC Images
The tangled and twisted ‘X-Men’ universe is so full of plot holes and parallel timelines it’s impossible to join the dots. By far the biggest plot hole in ‘Apocalypse’ is the fact that none of the characters seem to have aged at all – the film is set in 1983, 21 years after the events of ‘X-Men: First Class’, but the cast have barely aged a day.
Watch out, puddin’ – it looks like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn movie has found its writer. On top of which, the report would appear to confirm that the as-yet untitled film will not be a Harley Quinn solo movie as such, but will also feature other female DC characters – including, this report says, the Birds of Prey. As previously reported, Robbie will produce as well as star in the film, although there remains no official confirmation of which other characters will appear in the film, nor any hint of casting news.
Just when we thought the future of ‘Deadpool’ was looking rosy, its director Tim Miller has left the project. Deadline have revealed that due to creative differences Miller has left the project, which comes as quite a blow to the beginning of what was shaping to be a lucrative franchise. Having directed the 2015 hit, Miller was on board to helm the sequel which would see Ryan Reynolds return as the foul-mouthed, quick talking merc, Deadpool, but it appears their working relationship is now over.
Arguably DC fans are most excited to see how the upcoming ‘Wonder Woman’ turns, hoping it’ll be the turning point where the studio can begin to compete with Marvel for big screen prowess. While ‘Wonder Woman’ is in cinemas next summer and Patty Jenkins’ production is shaping up nicely, it’s perhaps Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ that looks set to be the film that competes with Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ series. With all the buzz around the character, Snyder (who’s directing ‘Justice League’ and is responsible for ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’) has shared a brand new image of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman on Twitter.
The marketing campaigns for ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ were among the big winners at the Clio Key Art awards last night in Los Angeles. ‘Deadpool’ was named as best Theatrical: Integrated Campaign, with its iconic emoji poster winning the Clio Grand Prize for best billboard advert. ‘Suicide Squad’s garish poster campaign also won a handful of Gold Prizes too. Here’s a selection of 2016’s best movie posters, according to the 2016 Clio Key Art Awards .
An extended version of ‘Suicide Squad’ is coming to Blu-ray later this year, Warner Bros. has announced. ‘Suicide Squad Extended Cut’ is coming to Digital HD on 28 November, with a Blu-ray release on 5 December, just in time for Christmas. Dr. Harleen Quinzel makes an appearance in the trailer – Credit: Warner Bros.
Harley Quinn and The Joker, versus Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey: we could endlessly debate as to which is the unhealthiest representation of romance in contemporary pop culture.
‘Suicide Squad’ has toppled Cap at the box office. Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, it looks as though ‘Suicide Squad’ has defied the critics. Highly anticipated by audiences across the globe, ‘Suicide Squad’ opened to a record-breaking $267.1 million - the highest opening movie for the month of August.
It looks like that spin-off Harley Quinn movie with Margot Robbie is go. Rumoured earlier this year, even before the release of ‘Suicide Squad’, the Australian actress has now signed a ‘first look’ deal with Warner Bros, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will have helped no end that ‘Suicide Squad’, despite its terrible reviews, has raked in the cash for Warner Bros – it currently stands at a $701 million gross worldwide.
This is all according to the man himself, who also revealed a little about changes to the script after Will Smith was cast as Deadshot. As part of an extensive profile for Variety, the now-sober actor revealed he was offered the role of Lieutenant GQ Edwards, which eventually went to Scott Eastwood.
It looks as though ‘Suicide Squad’ has made a killing. According to Mark Hughes of Forbes, ‘Suicide Squad’ has made another $60 million at the box office in the last few days… and should hit around $700 million by the end of its run. This is definitely good news for Warner Bros. after the film saw a 40% drop off in ticket sales after the first week of release.
Depending on your point of view, 2016′s summer of blockbusters can be described as a number of things, with titles like ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Jason Bourne’, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘The BFG’, ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Finding Dory’ pleasing movie goers to varying degrees as well as being divisive with critics. Over at comScore, the numbers have been tallied and, according to The Wrap, 108 days after the first Friday in May 2016 summer films are ahead of 2015′s but only narrowly. Annual box office takings are up nearly 5%, which is largely down to a few big-hitters from the likes of Disney and Marvel, not to mention some consistent numbers from Warner Bros. too.
‘Suicide Squad’ has just topped $500 million worldwide. Despite a barrage of negative reviews, ‘Suicide Squad’ looks to be performing well at the box office… and has just passed the $500 million mark globally. After ending its second weekend with $466 million worldwide, it looks as though ‘Suicide Squad’ has pulled it out of the bag.
Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any worse for ‘Suicide Squad’, Jared Leto has reportedly told a group of Thirty Seconds To Mars fans that he feels “tricked” by the film. Over the last few days Jared Leto has been at the second annual Camp Mars, a camp-themed mini-festival held in Malibu, California held for fans of the band, which he’s been posting about on Twitter and Instagram. The piece went on to add that not only was Leto “overwhelmed by all the hate regarding the look and choices” but that he believed Warner Bros would create a more artistic film.
‘Suicide Squad’s ailing fortunes took a further dive this weekend, its box office takings falling by a sturdy 67% on its second week of release. David Ayer’s critically-hammered, multiple-villain bonanza brought in $43.7 million (£33.8 million), while the considerably more niche ‘Sausage Party’ romped home with a solid $33.6 million (£26 million).
‘Suicide Squad’ star Jay Hernandez wants to come back for a sequel. During an interview with comicbook.com the 38-year-old ‘Suicide Squad’ star revealed that he would love to return to the role of El Diablo if they made a sequel. ‘Suicide Squad’ fans will already know that Jay Hernandez plays El Diablo – a convict with the ability to create and manipulate fire at will.
Warner Bros/DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ has been met with a decidedly mixed reaction – and one of the elements which has proved the most divisive is its representation of central anti-heroine Harley Quinn’s relationship with The Joker. While Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley has been widely praised, some fans and critics felt her scenes with Jared Leto’s ‘Mr J’ inappropriately romanticised an unhealthy coupling based around abuse. Robbie has in fact been on board as both star and producer of an in-development Harley Quinn movie since the spring, but as The Hollywood Reporter revealed at the time this is not intended to be a solo movie as such.
There are probably a fair few people who’d have liked a refund after seeing ‘Suicide Squad’ this past weekend, but there’s one DC fan who was left so disappointed that he’s threatening legal action against the studio behind it. The particular source of this fan’s ire is the slight role of Jared Leto’s Joker in the film, despite being promoted heavily in the film’s widespread marketing campaign. Leto revealed over the film’s opening weekend (5-7 August) that “a lot” of his scenes were cut from the final product, telling the BBC that there was enough on the cutting room floor “for a Joker movie”.
Whether your favourite is Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, TV’s Cesar Romero or Jared Leto in ‘Suicide Squad’, the Joker continues to be a fascinating and terrifying supervillain, a dark and abusive psychopath bent on destroying Gotham City. - Was Batman Inspired By A Victorian Superhero?
The unfortunate similarities between DC’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ continue to rack up. Whether the poor reviews of the movie have hampered attendances is hard to quantify, but it likely hasn’t helped matters.
With “Suicide Squad” opening last week (4 Aug) and the recent “Justice League” footage from Comic Con (not to mention “Wonder Woman”), DC fans everywhere must be excited that it’s finally time for their favourite characters to shine in the spotlight that Marvel has hogged for so long.