Monday, March 28, 2016
Topic Of The Day: Why Suicide Squad May Fare Better Than Batman v. Superman
So as the big numbers of Batman v. Superman start to roll in, the film was still considered a failure, critically and even with certain audiences. According to Variety, it even made $4 million less than its projected $170 million debut.
But DC Films has another chance to prove themselves with the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. I personally think that may fare better with audiences and even with critics and I will explain why.
While the superhero genre has been quite oversaturated these days, Suicide Squad looks to offer something different from the usual mold of good vs. evil since it depicts villains as its main heroes. Guardians of the Galaxy was a success because it wasn't just a good movie, but possibly because it wasn't a typical superhero movie. It was a space opera with characters that are rather anti-heroes fighting off evil. So it was a slight breath of fresh air amongst superhero movies that don't aim to go beyond being just superhero movies.
Another reason I think it will do well is because of its diverse main cast. We do have the typical white men represented but there are certainly other groups represented. You have: African-American talent with Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje, Latino talent with Jay Hernandez, Japanese actress Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach who is Native Canadian, and more women with Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne rounding out the cast. In fact, two of the Caucasian males in the main cast, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney, are interestingly from other countries with Kinnaman being from Sweden and Courtney from Australia. So there is a little something for everyone: Men and women, people of different minority groups, and even the LGBT community since Cara Delevingne is openly bisexual.
Another reason why I think Suicide Squad will fare better is because it looks like it'll be concerned with being just a great film. While Batman v. Superman had a bit too much set-up for the upcoming Justice League, Suicide Squad looks to be its own entity. Deadpool, which recently came out, did so well because that wasn't acting as a prequel to anything. The only thing it's a prequel to is the upcoming Deadpool sequel.
So those are my reasons as to why I think Suicide Squad will have better survival, critically and financially, than Batman v. Superman. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!