Although still in its relative infancy, the DCEU has seen two distinct directorial styles in its three cinematic offerings. Zack Snyder’s eye shepherded both Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice to theaters, while David Ayer brought this summer’s Suicide Squad to the mix, aiming to bring a gritty feel to match its villains-as-heroes storyline. But before he was leveling entire metropolises with an alien dubstep machine and an extended Kryptonian fistfight, Snyder brought his directorial sensibilities to an adaptation of Alan Moore’s acclaimed Watchmen miniseries.
That film wasn’t the first pairing of Snyder and the works of celebrated comic book writers, but it was one that proved the director’s willingness to adapt a work that some may have considered impossible to condense into a single feature film. Whether you were a fan of it or not, it’s hard to argue the film wasn’t filled with some well-defined moments, like the lengthy opening sequence. The opening was set to Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a Changin”, as the film used a series of visual cues to denote the passage of time, and how the world, despite being filled with superheroes (or rather because it was) became a darker, violent, more cynical place. The song may have been a little on the nose, but it worked for the purposes of the film.
Snyder hasn’t had much occasion to use pop or rock music cues in either of his two DCEU offerings, meaning he hasn’t had a chance to repeat on his Watchmen opening sequence. But as viewers will no doubt remember, Ayer’s Suicide Squad was a veritable smorgasbord of needle drops – not including the use of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Ballroom Blitz’ in the film’s marketing campaign – with over 20 songs, featuring everyone from Rick James to Black Sabbath. As such, it only makes sense that a fan with some extra time on their hands would whip up a new opening sequence for Suicide Squad in the style of Snyder’s Watchmen.
The video comes from YouTuber Chris Banks, and it depicts an alternate opening sequence for the film, using the Bee Gees ‘I Started a Joke’ as its musical element. The sequence is nicely edited, covering several sequences from the film, but mainly making good use of Viola Davis smirking at the street vendor with the “Remember” T-shirts. Overall, the video is reminiscent of Snyder’s film in more ways than one. While the text is the same here as it is in Watchmen (or it’s incredibly close), the song choice is also entirely suggestive of Snyder’s earlier work. About a minute in, the sequence matches up the word “joke” with an appearance by Jared Leto’s Joker – just in case things were starting to feel too subtle.
Still, the video does a terrific job of emulating Snyder’s style, without using any footage from a Snyder film. If anything, it suggests that perhaps the difference in directorial efforts across the DCEU isn’t as dramatic as previously thought. At any rate, this certainly makes for an entertaining alternate take on Suicide Squad‘s opening sequence.
Source: Chris Banks
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