In case you didn’t know, there was a comic book convention of sorts this past weekend. And at said convention, Warner Bros. screened the first trailer for one of their 2016 entries into the Great Comic Book Movie Wars: Director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.
And, because it’s Comic Con, that trailer leaked to the internets. So Warners decided, officially, to release it, all shiny and HD.
So, listen. Firstly, everyone looks good. Robbie fits the bill as the Joker’s muse/moll Harley Quinn, Smith will always work as a dude holding a gun, and Leto seems to be carving out some space as his own Clown Prince of Crime.
But sweet jeebus, why does everything DC does have to feel like a dirge? I get that Marvel has positioned themselves as the Fun One and DC seems to have decided they have to be the Serious One, but if ever there was a concept that should feel pulpy it’s the Suicide Squad: villains that are forcibly rehabbed into being heroes — and if they refuse they’ll be both killed and left to take the blame. I’m not saying Suicide Squad should be a comedy, but would it kill them to give us something that looks like it won’t be a treatise on Depression as a Superheroic State?
As a great man once asked, Why So Serious?
Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. He just got back from Comic-Con and is fresh out of pithy.