While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pulled in $330.3 million domestic and $873.2 million worldwide, it was still trashed by critics (27% on Rotten Tomatoes), and considered by many to be a disappointment. Many DC fans had hoped that the next DCEU movie would turn things around. While Suicide Squad fared well at the box office, with $325.1 domestic and $745.6 million worldwide, it was out-grossed by the R-rated Deadpool ($363 million domestic, 782.6 million worldwide), and fared even worse with critics than Batman v Superman with a 26% Rotten score. Now that Suicide Squad has arrived on Digital HD, with the Blu-ray and DVD arriving December 15, the movie is getting the Honest Trailer treatment, and they certainly aren’t pulling any punches.
This new Honest Trailer debuted at Screen Junkies today, which may seem, to some, like adding insult to injury, after taking such a critical drubbing. Still, this Honest Trailer points out that the studio only gave writer-director David Ayer six weeks to write the script, while juggling numerous different cuts of the movie, restructuring the studio’s executives and reshooting the third act, while maintaining the August 5 release date they had already set. This six-minute video also points out obvious flaws in the story, such as Squad member Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress turning out to be the big villain that these “worst heroes ever” need to bring down.
This video also pokes fun at Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), who the narrator describes as “half crocodile, half racial stereotype,” along with El Diablo’s (Jay Hernandez) conflict within about using his firey powers and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg, an “exposition machine,” who verbally lays out all of the main plot points. The narrator also tears into Cara Delevingne’s acting chops as Enchantress, the climactic “sky beam” and much more in this hilarious honest trailer. Of course, it’s not all bad, though, with the video giving some props to Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney for their “great performances.”
One of the reasons Suicide Squad wasn’t a total flop at the box office was likely because of the buzz swirling around Jared Leto‘s performance as The Joker. Unfortunately, his screen time was quite limited, with the narrator comparing his performance to a mixture of James Franco in Spring Breakers with Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura, and a cat. Jared Leto’s antics on and off the set became the stuff of legend, whether it be the gifts he sent to his cast members, or his method acting ways of never breaking character, although the actor himself revealed during a Q&A that he felt tricked by the production, since the project was originally pitched very differently to him.
While nothing has been set in stone quite yet, there has been talk that Warner Bros. may move forward with Suicide Squad 2, with some rumors claiming tht it may be R-rated, following the sucess of Deadpool. Director David Ayer and star Will Smith are currently filming a new sci-fi feature entitled Bright for Netflix, but there hasn’t been any confirmation that Suicide Squad 2 has been given the green light. Take a look at the honest trailer for Suicide Squad below.