2016, oh how we lament thee… ’tis been a rollercoaster of a year it has to be said, the world outside of the Precinct’s impenetrably darkened walls has seen many moments of both grief and utterly incredulous disbelief (as an example of this, being a Brit, I am still astonished that the larger populace of my home actually voted for Brexit!?) Some well loved and talented individuals passed away, and the political climate across the globe has shifted in a rather uncomfortable direction. Now more than ever we really need our alternate realities to hide in, be that comic books, movies or video-games and for this at least, 2016 was a great year.
2016, for me, was the year that I had been waiting for since I was six years old… as my beloved DC Superheroes finally burst forth from their comic book shackles, and onto the silver screen. Sure we’ve had plenty of movies throughout the decades that have brought us DC’s big two… Batman and Superman, and quite a few of them have been amazing, but the scale that DC have thrown their much loved characters onto the big screen this year has been literally stratospheric.
These Were Our Favourite Moments From 2016:
Bats and Supes Had A Disagreement…
The Year began with a disagreement between The Dark Knight and The Man Of Steel. In March the world’s two biggest Superheroes clashed head on in Warner Bros and Zack Snyder’s epic ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and it was awe inspiring. Forget what the critics said, the film is a deep and psychological look at how the world would react to Super-humans amongst them, but for all it’s depth, it was also an outstandingly awesome action movie with stand-out turns from Ben Affleck as Batman, and the unforgettable big screen debut of the Themysciran Titan – Wonder Woman, a role actress Gal Gadot seemed born to play.
Suicide Squad Broke Their Bonds…
In August Task Force X escaped from their well deserved incarceration in Belle Reve penitentiary to inflict all kinds of mayhem and mirth at the cinemas in David Ayer’s spectacularly fun take on DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’. John Ostrander’s classic comic book series about a group of Supervillains and disgraced Superheroes who are recruited by the Government for fully deniable black ops tasks in return for clemency was masterfully translated to the big screen by Ayer. With an eclectic cast of characters, an overtly powerful and enigmatic antagonist, and great performances from Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith, this is an exemplary exercise in bringing a comic book series to vivid life (and Batman’s in it… and you can never have too much Batman!)
The Phantom Turned 80…
2016 marked the astonishing 80th anniversary of Lee Falk’s genre defining Superhero ‘The Phantom’, it was The Ghost Who Walks who first donned a mask and colourful costume to fight an eternal and ceaseless battle against corruption and injustice with only his quick wits, martial skills and faithful companions; Devil his pet wolf and Ghost his trusty white steed. The Phenomenal Phantom was the progenitor of what later became a deluge of Superheroes and preceded peers Batman and Superman by a full two years.
Wondy Celebrated Her Anniversary…
It’s been an awesome 75 years since Diana of Themyscira first burst onto the scene, wielding her golden lasso of truth and inspiring female empowerment and emancipation, Wonder Woman has proven to be the most important fictional female ever wrought. 2016 not only marked her 75th anniversary but also her big screen debut in Batman v Superman, and she was a huge highlight of that exceptional movie, and with her own solo movie set to appear at cinemas in mid 2017, there appears to be nothing stopping our immortal idol from ruling the roost for another seventy five…
The DC Universe Was Reborn…
May 2016 marked a humongous relaunch of DC Comics’ entire line of monthly comic books aptly named ‘Rebirth’. It was primarily intended to return the DC Universe to a time prior to ‘Flashpoint’, a time paradox storyline that altered DC’s timeline and led into the 2011 ‘New 52’ reboot. The reboot itself was divisive amongst fans and some creators alike, and though initial sales were strong, the titles began to lapse in sales as fans yearned for their favourite heroes previous incarnations pre-52.
Rather than a reboot though, Rebirth was more of a soft relaunch retaining much of the history and happenings of the New 52 continuity, but returning characters back to their more popular personas prior to the paradox. And it’s been a hit! Rebirth has proven so popular that DC Comics for the first time in many a year has been soundly thrashing it’s closest rival Marvel in sales month in and out. Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, and Red Hood and the Outlaws have been stand out the best of these for this particular DC fanboy, but all titles have been fantastically written and engrossing, with both superstar veteran creators and upcoming stars scrabbling to join the DC Rebirth fold.
Happy New Year To All Our Followers, Special Agents, Readers And Everyone Else, 2017 Is Set To Be Even Bigger For DC With The Highly Anticipated Wonder Woman And Justice League Movies, Not To Mention Yet More Marvellous Comics From The Rebirth Line, Kicking Off With Batwoman Rebirth In March, Until Then… Make Mine DC!
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we love to share our favourite Comic Book, Video-Game and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure…
David Ayer Sends Out A Siren Call…
Best be prepared folks, I may just get a tad bit over-excited on this one… just sayin’.
‘Gotham City Sirens!, Gotham City Sirens!!, Gotham City Sirens!!!, Gotham City Sirens!!!!, Gotham City Sirens!!!!!, Gotham Cit… Phew!’
OK, now that I’ve calmed down (a bit) let’s get straight to the epic news that DC Comics’ troublesome trio, Gotham City Sirens, have been announced as a major motion picture as part of the burgeoning DC Cinematic Universe. Suicide Squad director, David Ayer will be returning to helm the flick, and it will also mark the return of Margot Robbie as the Hellacious Harley Quinn.
Gotham City Sirens is one of our all time favourite comic book runs here in Precinct1313, the scintillating series was first published in 2009 and brought together three of Batman’s most famous female foes, feline felon – Catwoman, vined vixen – Poison Ivy, and of course mischievous misfit – Harley Quinn. The series lasted just two short years despite being a financial and critical success, to make way for DC’s ‘New52’ reboot. However, the Triumvirate of Temperamental Troublemakers have come together to cause mischief, mirth and misbehaviour several times since then, mostly in Harl’s own long running (and most excellent) comic book series.
Little else is currently known about the project, but Warner Bros have announced that the marvellous movie will be scripted by Geneva Dworet-Robertson, who is also currently writing the screenplay for another famous fictional female, Lara Croft, for the 2018 dated ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot.
Exciting times ahead indeed, my fellow fans of fantastic fiction, what with next year’s Justice League movie and of course Wonder Woman’s solo film, let’s be honest it’s about time that more female led comic book movies were being developed, and DC have an infinite amount of Superheroines and Villainesses they can bring to the silver screen, we have our fingers crossed for Batwoman, Power Girl and The Huntress being next.
Misfits and malcontents, killers and crazies, this uniquely sums up the members of Task Force X, the Government funded black ops team of incarcerated Supervillains given a chance for clemency if they agree to take on secret missions so dangerous, that they are essentially deemed suicidal.
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Written and Directed by: David Ayer.
Award winning director David Ayer presents us with, very possibly, the most fun and over the top comic-book movie of all time. Suicide Squad quite literally is a blast, from zany start to action packed finish, at times it’s like a live action Warner Bros cartoon, and it’s all the better for it. Ayer expertly shows everyone how to adapt a well loved, violently recalcitrant and anti-authoritarian comic book onto the big screen and make it an exquisitely enjoyable experience.
The one thing that makes this cinematic excursion unique amongst its peers, is the virtual lack of actual Superheroes, unlike it’s filmic kin, Suicide Squad follows the path of the bad guys, the worst of the worst. That’s not to say that the movie completely lacks the capes and cowls of previous comic-book adaptations, both Batman and The Flash make very brief appearances, but are used primarily as a plot device to introduce us to the real stars of the show… the Supervillains.
Let’s get straight to the most important part of the movie, the miscreants themselves, and with this in mind the most divisive, but one of the most impressive performances is Jared Leto’s take on the The Clown Prince of Crime. Jared’s Joker is an unpredictable and dangerous sociopath, in context to Heath Ledger’s (equally impressive) take, Leto’s rendering feels a lot more deranged and murderous, much more akin to the comic-book original. And though his time in the movie is short, he shines brightly with homicidal intent.
The rest of the cast consists of seasoned actors and relative newcomers to the fine art of the thespian, chief amongst these is Will Smith’s rendition of the world’s greatest assassin (and Batman foe) Deadshot. His performance is both heavily dramatic, but also highly comedic, a blend that only someone of Smith’s consummate acting skill could pull off, he nails the character perfectly and is without a doubt a huge highlight of the film.
Margot Robbie as the irascible and psychotic Harley Quinn is a joy to behold, capturing the absolute crazy essence of the character and injecting a small amount of pathos in for good measure, when she and her ‘Puddin’ The Joker share the screen together the atmosphere is absolutely electric.
And backing up this terrific trio are an eclectic and entertaining group of characters, with Viola Davis’ turn as Amanda ‘The Wall’ Waller being a particular stand-out. Like her comic-book counterpart, Task Force x‘s creator Waller, is a no nonsense, hard edged and duplicitous persona and is fundamentally more amoral, than any member of her Suicide Squad.
Jay Hernandez must also be complimented for his turn as El Diablo, Suicide Squad’s second most powerful member (after Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress) who harbours a dark and tragic secret so painful, that he refuses to use his powers to hurt anyone.
And lest we forget, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang who elicits more than a few laughs as the Squad’s resident antipodean Supervillain. Karen Fukuhara as Katana, hired by Waller to keep the Squad members in line (and ultimately end them, should they leave said line) Cara Delevingne as The Enchantress, an ancient and insanely powerful Witch who possesses the body of June Moone, the girlfriend of the Suicide Squad’s appointed leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and not forgetting man-beast and constant thorn in the Dark Knight’s side, Killer Croc, ferociously played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad ably captures the look and feel of the original comic-book series, in fact original Squad creator, the legendary John Ostrander hails it as an accurate and masterful recreation of his source material, and that is high praise indeed. For all the mixed reviews it has so far received, once again fans and movie lovers have ignored the critics and have turned out in their droves to support the film. It is currently the biggest movie on the planet, and box office takings have been huge easily surpassing other recent comic-book adaptations including Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fun, silly, over the top, and reverential to it’s source… Suicide Squad is a must watch!
Welcome back fellow agents of Precinct1313 to our in depth look at the characters that make up the (fully deniable) Government sponsored Black-Ops team of Supervillains and disgraced Superheroes known as Task Force-X, aka – Suicide Squad.
Following on from our first post that covered the green haired Master of Mirth – The Joker, we now come to the member of the team that I’m most excited to see when David Ayer’s cinematic adaptation of the classic comic releases at theatres in August – Tatsu Yamashiro, better known amongst her allies and enemies as Katana.
Tatsu was created by two of the comic medium’s shining lights, writer Mike W.Barr and artist Jim Aparo in 1983, and made her first appearance in ‘The Brave and the Bold’ #200. Tatsu was born in Japan and was an unremarkable girl save for her love and expertise in martial arts, an attribute that was wholly supported by her parents from a young age. Through her training she met two brothers, Takeo and Maseo, both of whom gradually fell in love with feisty female fighter, though attracted to both, it was Maseo that she found herself drawn to the most and ultimately chose him as her betrothed, enraged by her choice, Takeo refused the invitation to attend their wedding and was later disowned by Maseo when he joined the Yakuza.
Tatsu and Maseo built a life together and had two children, twins Yuki and Reiko, throughout this time Takeo rose through the ranks of the Yakuza, and after being gifted two ancient swords, one of which had mystical powers, he presented himself at his brother’s home and demanded he duel him for Tatsu’s hand. Maseo distracted by his concern for his wife and children loses the duel, and his life to his brother’s magical sword (later given the name – Soultaker).
During the violent incursion a fire was started in the residence and the formerly unconcious Tatsu awoke in time to see her husband’s life extinguished by his brother, engaging with Takeo she managed to disarm him and attempted to save the lives of her twins, who had tragically already perished in the flames, a grim fact that was brought to her attention by her dead husband’s voice, which reached out from the Soultaker sword from where he would now be eternally bound.
Managing to escape the flaming death trap and with a heavy heart, Tatsu gave her life over to famed martial master Tadashi and trained under his tutelage to become a Samurai, legendary and peerless warriors of ancient Japan. After her graduation, she moved to America, took on the name Katana, and along with her dead husband’s soul trapped in the Soultaker sword, used her gifts and matchless talent to fight crime and uphold justice utilising classic Samurai code of honour.
Katana has been a member of many teams other than the Suicide Squad, her longest serving stint though was with the Batman formed Outsiders team alongside heroes such as Geo-Force, Black Lightning and Metamorpho. She has also dabbled with Justice League membership, and an alternate timeline version of Tatsu was an honorary member of the Amazon Furies. Katana also spent some time alongside The Huntress and Black Canary in the Birds of Prey, a Gotham situated team of all female crimefighters, before finally accepting an offer from Amanda Waller to join the Suicide Squad in exchange for current information on her husband’s murderers.
Tatsu will brought to life as Katana in August of this year in the highly anticipated Suicide Squad film, played by 24 year old Japanese/American actress Karen Fukuhara, in her debut role. Looking every inch the comic protagonist brought to life, Tatsu will also be accompanied by her dead husband and the Soultaker sword where he currently (and forever) resides.
Katana and the Suicide Squad will be unleashed unto the silver screen on August 5th 2016.
With the Suicide Squad movie now just a few short months away from exploding onto the big screen, now would be the perfect opportunity to familiarise yourselves with the iconic team of Supervillains and bad-asses that make up the covert Government funded black ops team. So why not take up residence in the hallowed halls of Precinct1313 for the next few days (don’t worry there’s plenty of room, and the coffee’s great!) while we countdown the sociopaths and malcontents that form the core of Task Force X.
And who better to start the countdown with than…
The Clown Prince Of Crime, Master Of Mirth, Jester Of Genocide, or more famously known as The Joker, Batman’s arch-enemy and the world’s most recognised and loved Supervillain has been with us since his introduction in Batman #1 in the Spring of 1940.
David Ayer’s highly anticipated cinematic version of popular comic-book Suicide Squad will once more reunite us with another live action interpretation of the green haired psychopath.
Fresh in most peoples mind will obviously be the most recent variant of the character in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight, portrayed of course by the late Heath Ledger. A memorable performance indeed, no-one can fail to be impressed by Heath’s fantastic portrayal of the clown prince. But he is just one in a succession of actors who have brought the Joker to the big screen, beginning in the sixties with Cesar Romero, followed in the eighties by Jack Nicholson, each of the actors have brought their own unique interpretation to the character, but only one of them (so far) has nailed the core of the character as he stands in the comics themselves – Cesar Romero.
To put the statement in context, Romero’s performance captured the Joker’s appearance (both visually and narratively) almost exactly from the sixties comic book version, whereas both Nicholson and Ledger gave us versions based upon their own interpretation of what the Joker is, as opposed to a specific comic book appearance.
Jared Leto is the latest in the line of great actors tasked with bringing the grinning psychopath to the big screen, and like Romero before him, is bringing a specific comic book version with him.
‘Batman: Endgame’ was a six issue long story arc released in 2014, written by Scott Snyder and pencilled by Greg Capullo. It features the return of Batman’s arch foe, who had not been seen in comics since the 2012 ‘Death of the Family’ storyline. Endgame was written in conjunction with Batman and the Joker’s 75th anniversary and explored the discordant bond the characters shared throughout their tumultuous history.
Leto’s Joker appears to be drawing heavily from Snyder’s storyline, again both visually and narratively. I also see a lot of similarity with Grant Morrison’s version of the Joker from the 2009 story arc ‘Batman: RIP’, again his visual look seems honed from Mr J’s appearance in this fantastic tale.
Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker will be as close to the source material as possible, the few scenes we have seen in the various Suicide Squad trailers featuring Leto have already confirmed that his version is the truest interpretation of the character in live action form so far.
As magnificent as the other actors have been in the role, none apart from Romero have managed to capture the unique manic feel of the character, Heath Ledger’s version was fantastic, but it wasn’t the Joker from the comics. Cesar Romero still holds the title as the only one to have brought home the goods as far as the Joker is concerned (even Nicholson’s version captured more of the core of the character than Heath Ledger did). With that said, Heath Ledger’s performance was astounding, and really made ‘The Dark Knight’ the stupendous movie that it is. Jared Leto though will make the character his own, whilst still mine the comics’ version to ultimately bring us the definitive version of The Clown Prince Of Crime.
The Joker himself will not be a part of the actual squad itself, but just one of the antagonists in the movie (and who better than the mirthful maniac himself). In our next instalment we will start the countdown of the actual members that make up Amanda Waller’s team of pernicious psychos, beginning with personal favourite – Katana.
And the excitement continues fellow DC Comics fanatics, hot on the heels of the fantastic Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Awesome, comes a brand new trailer for everyone’s favourite team of malicious Malcontents – Suicide Squad. After the magnificent trailer that was released just a few short weeks ago, this particular fan has been chomping at the bit for more footage of not just the Squad themselves, but especially Jared Leto as the Clown Prince Of Crime, and the trailer does not disappoint, lots of Leto, lots of Harley Quinn and as an added bonus, lots of Batman! That’s right Batfans, it has been confirmed that Ben Affleck‘s superior take on the Caped Crusader will have a considerably larger role in the film than previously thought.
The film itself, which is part of the DC extended universe of movies, takes place just after the events of Batman v Superman and the circumstances spiralling out of that storyline will shake the foundations of the Squad’s own cinematic extravaganza. Sit back, click play, and be transported once again into the wild and wonderful world of Supervillainry and green haired homicidal maniacs, what more could you want from life!?. Enjoy…
Warner Bros have unleashed a spectacular set of film posters for their upcoming Suicide Squad movie. The unique and stylish posters show each of the individual Villains as skulls with a distinctive visual flair that represents the character it’s based upon (Joker’s manic grin and green hair, Deadshot’s cybernetic eye-scope… )
Extreme situations sometimes call for extreme action, which is where the Suicide Squad (aka – Task Force X) come in. The group of Supervillains and Metahumans who reside in the Government controlled penitentiary of Belle Reve, are tasked with taking on situations deemed too risky for normal operatives. Flying under the radar and with full deniability from the Government, these powerful yet unstable individuals must face the worst the world has to offer, with each member considered an expendable asset… sometimes evil can only be bested by something even more so…
Look out for the highly anticipated second trailer releasing on Tuesday 19 January as part of the CW channel’s 30 minute special titled – “DC Films presents: Dawn of the Justice League” right after the mid-season premiere of the second series of The Flash.
DC Comics have today revealed information on upcoming statues based upon characters from the 2016 movie directed by David Ayer. Though no images of said statues were included, we do know that the first wave will include characters; Deadshot (Will Smith) Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and The Joker (Jared Leto.) But most interesting is the accompanying text that reveals the plot synopsis for the highly anticipated movie:
“It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous and incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with a powerful arsenal at the Government’s disposal, and then send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic and insuperable entity. Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate and despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However once they realise they weren’t picked to succeed, but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”
The statues are to be based on the character’s likeness in the film, and will be available from July 2016. New statues of the squad will be revealed on a monthly basis with next month’s characters including Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney.)
Suicide Squad will be released in August 2016 as part of DC Comics’ extended universe of interconnected movies that began in 2013 with Man Of Steel and continues through Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which is due March 2016.
The formerly exclusive trailer of Suicide Squad shown at last weekends San Diego Comic-Con, has just been officially released by Warner Brothers. David Ayer’s rendition of DC Comics famous team of Super-Villains who work covertly on black-ops missions for the Government hits cinemas in August 2016. The trailer includes extensive footage of everyone’s favourite misfit Harley Quinn, plus watch out for a brief appearance from the Dark Knight himself, and right at the end, his nemesis… The Joker! Enjoy…
Director David Ayer earlier today released the first picture of the cast of his upcoming movie, Suicide Squad, together in full costume. The 2016 movie is based upon DC Comics popular team of villains and anti-heroes, also known as Task Force X. The above image shows the full line up of characters, from left to right; Slipknot (Adam Beech), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez).
And there’s more, DC fans, shortly after the release of this picture, Ayer then tweeted a separate picture of Will Smith replete with the iconic Deadshot mask.
Suicide Squad will be released by Warner Brothers in 2016, alongside Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman” as part of DC Comics’ unfolding cinematic universe.
Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the Joker (Happy Birthday Mr. J), and in celebration of this, Suicide Squad director David Ayer released the first image of Jared Leto as the clown prince of crime… and we love it! The above image has been met with both delight and scorn in the comic book community, with a lot of the upset seemingly coming from the fact that it is a complete departure from Heath Ledger’s version of the character.
Ledger’s portrayal of the master of mirth was astonishing, a fantastic version of the classic Bat villain, but it was a variation on a character that has been around since the early 1940’s, it isn’t the definitive version of the character, it is Nolan and Ledger’s own take on everyone’s favourite psychopathic clown.
Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger may have portrayed the same character on-screen, but their rendition of Batman’s nemesis was unique to each actor and time period, no live action version of the Joker (so far), has managed to completely encapsulate the Joker as he is depicted in the DC comic book universe.
Jared Leto and David Ayer’s rendition seems closer in style to the pyschotic, demented clown from such comic book greats as Alan Moore’s Killing Joke, or Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, which makes their version of the Joker an exciting prospect indeed.
The Suicide Squad movie is scheduled to be released in 2016, alongside Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman.
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.