In the wake of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and its less-than-stellar reception, a whole host of major changes hit the DCEU. Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. VP Jon Berg took the helm of the comic book film division, now entitled DC Films. The iconic company also unveiled an updated logo, which much like Batman V Superman, hasn’t exactly hit the ball out of the park.
However, things could change for the better once Warner Bros./DC’s next big comic romp, Suicide Squad, hits theaters in August.
As was the case with its predecessor, DC and Warner Bros. are keeping a tight leash on any information around the film – beyond the trailers and TV spots, at least. Early reactions to Suicide Squad weren’t supposed to trickle onto the web until the film screened at this month’s MCM Comic Con in London. However, Comic Book is reporting that several test screenings took place at the Century 25 and XD in Union City California. At first glance overall reactions to David Ayer’s villain-opus are very encouraging.
A quick glance at the field shows a great deal of post-viewing excitement about the film. One pre-screener even felt the anti-hero romp should have kick-started the DCEU, in lieu of Batman V Superman. Others praised the film, saying “it met my expectations!” In general, early viewers seemed to enjoy the overall performances – especially Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Jared Leto (The Joker).
got to watch an early screening of suicide squad and it was actually pretty great!
— nikongmer (@nikongmer) May 20, 2016
— ULTRA starkiller (@StarkillerUltra) May 20, 2016
I RECOMMEND EVERYONE GO SEE SUICIDE SQUAD IN AUGUST!!! IT IS A PLEASER! YOU WILL BE SURPRISED!!
— Lyssa (@GleekMoonwalker) May 20, 2016
— Alexis Harrold (@AllRealLex) May 20, 2016
— Arjun Lal (@ArjunFromTO) May 21, 2016
Of course, keep in mind that pre-screening audiences aren’t critically trained in general (for what it’s worth), merely just lucky fans and cinema-goers. Their reviews should always be taken with a grain or three of salt. Recall that early screenings of Batman V Superman turned out overwhelmingly positive reviews. More significantly, a test screening of last year’s Fantastic Four reboot in Atlanta also garnered rave tweets. Unfortunately, the early opinions didn’t measure up with the overall audience response to the Josh Trank film which effectively killed the franchise – at least for now.
On the flip side of the coin, early reviews for Captain America: Civil War did ring true with regards to the overall plaudits leveled at the film by fans and critics alike. Much like Captain America 3, Suicide Squad comes from a critically and fan-acclaimed source. The original comic series took a marvelous premise – do-gooder baddies – and spun out scores of engaging and anarchic stories. If Ayer and his able cast can achieve the same feverish energy and psychotic action as the comics, the early reviews could have a strong ring of truth.
Suicide Squad will arrive 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.