It's hard to be a DC fan these days. At its best, the DCEU delivers some pretty solid superhero storytelling, but at its worst, it can really be an incoherent mess. No DCEU film epitomizes that dichotomy more than Suicide Squad -- which, while profitable, received a thorough lashing from critics. Now an Honest Trailer for the Task Force X solo film has surfaced online, and it really holds nothing back. Check it out below.
That video pretty much comes out of the gate with guns blazing, as it immediately latches onto the "worst heroes ever" tagline, and seems to relish the irony of the marketing tactic. From there, it's a complete evisceration of the most recent DCEU adventure as the narrator tears apart Jared Leto's performance as the Joker, Cara Delevingne's Enchantress and the absurd levels of exposition that occur throughout the entire run of the film. This Honest Trailer really doesn't pull any punches, but even as a die-hard DC fan, I generally agree with it.
One of the biggest issues that this trailer points out is the fact that Suicide Squad does a genuinely terrible job of making Task Force X seem like bad guys. They're described as the worst of the worst during the first act of the film, but Amanda Waller sends them up against a legitimately evil, mystical force, which effectively nullifies anything remotely bad about them. The film makes a point to say that this specific squad of villains is the only thing standing in the way of Armageddon, but it never really explains why actual heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash never show up.
That being said, the trailer does actually point out the three specific bright spots in Suicide Squad. Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney all turn in great performances as DC villains, and they're more than worthy of returning in future films. However, their impact on this particular film is completely minimalized by Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne, who overact as if their lives depend on it.
But hey, at least Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman looks like it will be pretty good, right? Maybe we will get lucky and that will finally be the definitive silver screen success that DC has been looking for over the course of the last four years.
What are your thoughts on this Honest Trailer for Suicide Squad? Does it make valid points, or does it take its criticisms of the film a bit too far? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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