Welcome my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of ‘Comic Cover Of The Week’ and this week’s illustriously illustrated issue is brought to you by the astonishing Amanda Conner. Conner is, and always shall be one of our favourite artists here in the depths of the Precinct’s colossal comic crypts, her peerless mastery of pen and pencil is almost unmatched in the industry, her alluring artwork always oozes emotion and style, and her character’s facial expressions are worthy of the great Keith Giffen himself.
Justice League vs Suicide Squad is the first major storyline event since DC’s Rebirth relaunch, with the titular team up of the world’s greatest superheroes finally discovering the existence of Amanda Waller’s Task Force X (Suicide Squad) the government sponsored team of supervillains and disgraced superheroes who perform covert black ops missions off the radar, and are kept under control through an implanted micro explosive lodged in their brains.
Issue #3 finds the Justice League imprisoned in Belle Reve penitentiary by Amanda Waller who delights in telling the captured Leaguers of the crisis revolving around them. The Joshua Williamson penned mini-series has been a delight thus far, and the interior visuals by Jesus Merino are fantastically well realised and at times spectacular to behold. It’s also awesome to see the return of some of my very favourite villains including Maxwell Lord, Killer Frost and the Main Man himself Lobo! This really is required reading.
Justice League vs Suicide Squad is available at your local comic book emporium right now.
New comics Wednesday is upon us once more, and of this week’s new releases, the stand-out cover for this particular DC fan is; Convergence: Suicide Squad #2. A stunning cover that evokes a real 70’s grindhouse movie poster look.
A classic line up of Suicide Squad members come together to face off against the heroes of the 90’s mini-series, Kingdom Come. With all the attention on David Ayer’s upcoming movie version of the Squad, this line up includes many of the characters that will be appearing in the film adaptation including, Amanda (the Wall) Waller, Captain Boomerang and Deadshot.
Convergence: Suicide Squad #2 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by: Frank Tieri. Cover art by: John Paul Leon. Alternate cover by: Chip Kidd. Interior art by: Tom Mandrake.
Yesterday morning, film director David Ayer tweeted our first look at the cast of the 2016 scheduled Suicide Squad movie. The cast photo included announced actors, Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevinge (The Enchantress), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). Interestingly the photo shows other actors also cast in the movie in as yet unannounced roles, but it is rumoured that Adewale Agbaje will be playing Killer Croc, and actors Jim Parrack and Ike Barinholtz,will apparently be playing Deathstroke and Hugo Strange respectively.
Conspicuous by his absence of course is Jared Leto, the actor cast as the The Joker. It is believed he was touring with his band at the time, but this morning David Ayer tweeted this (probably intentionally) blurry photo of Leto, with the clown prince of crime’s trademark green hair on show.
The most striking thing about this particular photo is its similarity to the cover of Alan Moore’s classic Batman tale, The Killing Joke.
The Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X) were created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1959, making their first appearance in Brave and the Bold #25. They are a Government funded, covert black ops team of ex-supervillains and disgraced superheroes. The film is scheduled to be released in 2016, alongside Zack Snyder’s, Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Update: Actress Karen Fukuhara, seated next to Will Smith in the above group photo, has now been confirmed in the role of Katana.
Well friends, after many months of speculation Warner Bros have finally announced the line up for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and what an interesting and eclectic cast it is. Will Smith will be playing super-assassin Deadshot, Tom Hardy is Rick Flag (and not reprising his role as Bane as I thought he might), Jared Leto has been chosen as the clown prince of crime himself The Joker, with his partner Harley Quinn being played by Margot Robbie. The Enchantress will be played by Cara Delevigne and Jai Courtney has been cast as Captain Boomerang.
As I said very interesting casting choices here, there is still the role of squad leader Amanda Waller up for grabs but so far I am more than happy with the cast as is, and the inclusion of the unstable yet powerful witch Enchantress is awesome, I love that character. Critically acclaimed director David Ayer will be directing and again he is an inspired choice with previous movies like Training Day, End of Watch and more recently Sabotage being realistic, gritty and violent flicks, his style will suit the Suicide Squad perfectly.
The Suicide Squad were originally created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1959, making their first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #25. They were re-booted by John Ostrander in 1987, they are primarily a Government funded black ops team of Super-villains and disgraced Super-heroes, running covert missions out of their home base of Belle Reve prison under the watchful eye of ‘The Wall’ Amanda Waller (who has already been seen on the big screen in the recent Green Lantern movie, played by Angela Bassett). Suicide Squad begins principal shooting in April 2015.