Today, fans have all sorts of ways to commemorate the films and franchises they love. With the advent of YouTube, the mashup trailer has seen a rise in popularity over the last handful of years. Typically taking the audio from one movie preview and mixing it up with video from another, they’re a fun way of providing a fresh spin on well-known properties or highlighting similarities between two brands. The Suicide Squad/Guardians of the Galaxy remix is a prime example of the latter category.
Speaking of Suicide Squad, the Worst. Heroes. Ever. are serving as the inspiration for the latest mashup trailer that’s making its way across the Internet. Repositioning the classic Star Wars trilogy heroes as the original Task Force X, the video from YouTube user The Unusual Suspect (watch it above) shines a new light on fan-favorite characters while setting the action to the tunes “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace and “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet – the songs used in the third Suicide Squad trailer that premiered at the MTV Movie Awards.
Combining clips from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, the mashup’s greatest strength arguably is showcasing the great sense of humor that was present in those movies (see: Luke Skywalker and Han Solo’s advice to C-3PO on the Death Star). There’s even a bit of clever editing to create all new jokes, such as the Emperor’s perfect reaction to Luke’s infamous Tosche Station line, which has long drawn the ire of fans. If there are any nitpicks, it’s that the trailer uses footage from the first three Star Wars films while using “May 1977” (release date of A New Hope) in the title cards, but that doesn’t detract from the overall experience of watching it.
While there isn’t much newsworthy about the mashup itself (it’s essentially Star Wars with new music), it does provide another opportunity to revel in what has been a tremendous marketing campaign for Suicide Squad. It’s a testament to the strength of the trailers for the upcoming DC Extended Universe installment that the soundtrack has left an imprint on popular culture to the point where fans can’t resist the urge to combine it another beloved blockbuster. Ever since the first preview debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, anticipation for Suicide Squad has been through the roof and has only increased with each new promotional item. The colorful cast of characters and their dynamic has been a great selling point.
Since viewers have responded very well to the Suicide Squad advertising, it bodes well for the movie’s box office prospects when it premieres later this summer. The DCEU is in a very interesting place following the mixed reception to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, having instituted numerous behind-the-scenes changes to course correct their massive franchise. The studio needs Suicide Squad to be a big hit and excite moviegoers about future installments. For their part, Warner Bros. is convinced they have a winner, reportedly moving ahead on a Harley Quinn spinoff and an official Suicide Squad sequel.
Time will tell if Suicide Squad can live up to the hype, but the early response out of test screenings have been strong. It’s important to keep in mind that great trailers do not always lead to good movies, but more often than not there is a correlation. To bring things full circle, Star Wars is the ideal illustration, as the marketing campaign for The Force Awakens was one of the best in recent memory. Fingers crossed Suicide Squad can join those ranks and let us know that it’s good to be bad.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.
Source: The Unusual Suspect