The DC Extended Universe, which currently consists of director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, is on something of a shaking footing: Snyder’s DC films to date have prompted controversy among moviegoers and, especially in the latter’s case, with movie critics. Warner Bros. has made a number of behind-the-scenes personnel changes since Batman V Superman was released too, including making Ben Affleck an executive producer on Snyder’s Justice League Part One, and recruiting DC Comics Chief Creative Officer/writer Geoff Johns to serve as an executive in charge of the DCEU.
David Ayer’s upcoming DCEU installment Suicide Squad, which has consistently been high on fans’ excitement indexes, has experienced some changes recently too, having now undergone a round of reshoots, Meanwhile, its marketing campaign continues to paint the film as being a darkly demented fun romp (instead of another dark, drab, and dreary DC movie).
WB’s UK division has just uploaded a new “Meet the Team” video that is themed to next week’s 2016 UEFA European Championship (which is being held June 10 through July 10, for all those who wish to tune in). Reimagining the Suicide Squad (a.k.a. Task Force X) as a soccer team, it not only assigns a position on the field to each of the film’s main characters, the promo also contains a short-but-sweet summation of each individual’s vital information (from real names to superpower types to personality quirks).
What’s so notable about the video is its exceedingly lighthearted tone – a quality that many have criticized DCEU films for not including so far. It’s bright, colorful, fun, even silly – words which would never have been used to described either Man of Steel or Batman V Superman.
Suicide Squad’s trailers have been similarly eccentric, though with a darker edge that brings to mind the style and tone of its predecessors in the DCEU. Initially, rumor had it that the film’s reshoots represented an attempt to make Ayer’s movie more of an irreverent experience (while still incorporating the darker elements that the DCEU is known for), but the comedy heavy Suicide Squad “Blitz” trailer released just before the reshoots began seemed to dispel any such notion.
Nevertheless, if there does prove to be a noticeable difference between Suicide Squad and its marketing campaign, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time in Hollywood history this happened – nor would it necessarily doom Ayer’s DCEU movie to the same critically lambasted fate of Dawn of Justice before it. In fact, Ayer and his team of supervillains may be the DCEU’s brightest light at the moment.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One 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: Warner Bros. Pictures UK