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DCEU: WHO SHOULD JOIN DEATHSTROKE?

Today it has been all but announced that Deathstroke is to be part of the DC Extended Universe and will likely be making his debut in 2017’s Justice League (or maybe that Batman solo movie is coming quicker than we thought. A win either way!). Where we may not yet know the actor who will be portraying the assassin (Keanu Reeves would be great. I know many may not think so, but after John Wick, he is the perfect choice!), we do know that he will be more than a match for Batman when he does make his big-screen debut. The DC universe has got a huge rogues gallery which they can borrow from to bring some truly colourful characters to life. These are six that, as of writing, have not been confirmed for the DCEU. But I hope they will be coming soon…

Jason Todd/The Red Hood

Now that we have a new Joker, a new Batman and a “deceased” Robin, we do need to get this story going. I will mention this would probably be similar in vein to Captain America: The Winter Soldier where an ally becomes an antagonist. Jason Todd would also be a great way to introduce the Lazarus Pit, Ra’s Al Ghul and give a few hints towards the Justice League Dark movie! Having a villain who knows Batman’s moves and secrets would create a true nemesis to the caped crusader. Also, this would work towards an R-Rated (15 rating in UK) delight of a film.

Who should play Jason Todd: Matt Smith (Doctor Who) or Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)

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Leonard Snart/Captain Cold

Now hear me out on this one! Yes, Mr Freeze was a pretty rubbish character on the big-screen and put a lot of people off him. Captain Cold however, is definitely a well needed nemesis for The Flash. Usually a part of The Rogues in Central City, Captain Cold is incredibly smart and dangerous. One of the few villains without powers to face The Flash, versions of the character have managed to learn Barry Allen’s identity and trick him numerous times. Maybe not a primary antagonist, but am sure he will do a great job putting the scarlet speedster on ice (I promise only one ice joke is allowed).

Who should play Captain Cold: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises)

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Selina Kyle/Catwoman

Catwoman is indeed a vital character for the DCEU, but why? Selina Kyle has been someone who has not only been both a hero and villain, but a friend and foe and lover to the Dark Knight. Catwoman may be portrayed as a generally conflicted person who loves to steal, but she does have a heart. Previous portrayals have seen her generally taking revenge and being a professional thief, this one would be great to really explore the relationship between herself and Batman. Maybe she knows Bruce is Batman and that she wants to help him, though she still loves crime. Fingers crossed.

Who should play Catwoman: Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster)

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Clayface/Hush

Now I am putting together these two, but it can work. Dr Thomas Elliot (Hush) was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s when they were younger, he would then go on to a life of crime and was very good at mimicking people to perfect accuracy. Clayface is also a person who can perfectly mimic people, though that is because of a mutation to his body which allows him to mould himself to any shape or form that is required. To see Batman face off with a master of disguise would truly make for a great film. Again, someone who would know Bruce well could truly make for a psychological fest.

Who should play Clayface: Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, Journeyman)

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Brainiac

If you are going to have a villain to go up against Superman, you need someone who can truly give him a challenge. Brainiac certainly does push the Man Of Steel to the edge! There are a few different iterations of the character, and to see one that had a strong connection to Krypton would certainly play a fun part to his film. He would know a lot about Kal-El and it would be fun to see him possibly taking control and manipulating friends and family of Superman. Brainiac has been a vital part to many of the top stories of Superman, and am sure this could be Man Of Steel 2’s antagonist!

Who should play Brainiac: Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Flash)

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Trigon

This is a villain which not only would be on a truly epic scale, but there is a lot of groundwork to lay before this guy appears. Trigon is a powerful demon, he is effectively the personification of evil. Trigon was introduced as the father of Teen Titan member Raven, and to have the Teen Titans in the fold of the DCEU would certainly help work towards this mammoth clash. If Trigon wasn’t a big enough threat, his three sons (Jesse, Jared and Jacob) are able to introduce the seven deadly sins into people and can manipulate Raven to their side. This would need Darkseid out the way, a Teen Titans movie, a good amount of teasing and then…BOOM! Trigon takes the DCEU and makes it his bitch!

Who should play Trigon: Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, Outcast)

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Suicide Squad. “I’m a soldier! You’re a serial killer who takes credit cards.”

Plenty of things happened in this 2-hour comic book film, all of which were great. The Harley and Joker pairing happened (and it worked well), the extension to the DC Extended Universe went swimmingly and Jai Courtney finally happened (more on that later)!

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We start with introductions to our characters beginning with Deadshot (Will Smith) who is currently incarcerated following his capture by Batman. We also see Harley (Margot Robbie) in a similar situation. Then we get to meet Amanda Waller, possibly one of the greatest villains in DC, who definitely lives up to her reputation in this movie. Amanda Waller has started putting together a team that she calls Task Force X, this is to take villains and give them the chance to do some good and have time taken off their prison sentences, possibly prepare them for the next meta-human threat. She also backs up this team by showing off the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and her unique powers. Amongst the “Suicide Squad” there is pyrokinetic El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, Slipknot and their team leader Rick Flagg as well as Deadshot and Harley. Some may think how do you keep villains in line and to co-operate with you? Well, Amanda Waller has got a way which could leave you with an almighty headache if you disobey her.

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Throughout the film, we see the team come together and see what brought them to their current situation. We then also get to see the big bad emerge from a familiar point as Midway City becomes a war zone. The team is then sent out to extract an individual from the city before things get worse. While we have the Squad heading out to fight, there is a certain Joker going around too trying to get back to Harley. Without giving away too much, there is a lot of backstory filled for Harley to understand her relationship with her Mr. J, and the scenes do work well between all the action. Though this is a comic book film and there is a great number of CGI shots, this truly does still feel like a grounded movie throughout. It doesn’t feel as big as Batman v Superman was, but it does still impose a scale which is epic.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a great chance for many characters to shine and they do. Deadshot and Harley definitely get the most to do in this movie and get the most development. Will Smith really makes this part work for him and I can’t wait to see where Deadshot will show up next. Margot Robbie makes Harley a breakout character and you know there is so much more for her to do in the DCEU in the future. If the rumours of a spin-off with Harley are true, I hope this means more Joker too and maybe an introduction to Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Jay Hernandez for me was a character we needed a lot more screen time with, playing the powerful El Diablo came to him with ease and was by far the deepest portrayal in the movie. You do feel most for this guy out of all the characters featured.

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There were very few characters I didn’t like, but some I think got a rough deal. Jared Leto’s Joker was actually rather fun, I enjoyed the scenes he was in, but he should have been in the movie more for a better effect (but hopefully he will be back in the solo Batman film and maybe Justice League). Viola Davis definitely nailed the part of Amanda Waller, and you will feel a lot of hatred for her but be amazed how much you enjoy her character (hopefully more of Amanda to come). If I was to say one that did make me laugh, it was Captain Boomerang. Jai Courtney was a very funny character and brought some good laughs to the screen but was relatively absent till nearly an hour into the film (though his scene of him getting arrested was great). Then there is The Dark Knight himself, Ben Affleck may not get a lot of screen time in Suicide Squad, but Batman is definitely a big force in the movie. Batman may be next leading the screen in Justice League, but it’s great to see him weave throughout this universe.

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This film is a success, throughout it is very funny and will keep your attention throughout. The action scenes are intense and the special effects both practical and CG are done superbly. The dialogue does crackle throughout and there are so many great lines in its runtime. The music throughout is brilliant, the mix of rock classics and modern hits really shines. Hearing a mix of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eminem, Queen, White Stripes and many more really work well in the movie. There is a sense of Guardians of the Galaxy in this movie, the similarities come from its fun soundtrack and the way the characters come together from all different places and work as one solid unit. Overall I loved this film! A few minor gripes are the main mission they are trying to accomplish, then there is the under-development of a few squad members. But a strong cast, some great cameos and a super mid-credit scene make this film a resounding success. The Joker and Harley share a much different relationship to how I was expecting and I won’t spoil it here, but I did enjoy it and hope to see that expand in the future. Suicide Squad 2 should be on the list, and I hope we get more Deadshot, Harley, Joker, Amanda Waller and Captain Boomerang (They tried for years to make Jai Courtney happen, and he finally happened!) in the near future. David Ayer knows how to make a true Comic Book film and I hope he sticks with the DC Extended Universe for a long time. And just for once, bad is good!

Final rating: 9/10 (10 if the DVD release features more Joker and a few more DC easter eggs).

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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