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Why The World Needs A Harley Quinn Movie

By Joanna Cosgrove

With the release of Suicide Squad, it is an understatement to say that Harley Quinn has become the world’s favourite femme fatale. More people are reading her comics, copying her outfits, and watching her appearances in the cartoons since her debut in the 1990s. However, what separates Suicide Squad from her other appearances in the media is that with this movie, she now has a role in the DCEU. A live-action role. For the first time in her timeline.

Since before the movie’s release, Margot Robbie – who plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad – has confirmed that the bosses at DC are in talks to set up a solo Harley Quinn movie. Personally, I believe this could be one hell of a step forward for DC and especially for Harley.

 

Clarify Harley’s Backstory

In Suicide Squad, we do have a peek into Harley’s origin, when Dr. Harleen Quinzel is hired to assess the devilish Joker and soon starts obsessing over the evil creature, believing she’s fallen in love – so deep in love that she risks her life just to prove her dedication to him. However, past that story, we know little between then and the current time of the movie; and we really do not know the emotional and psychological effects it’s had on Harley.

I personally would love to see an in-depth explanation for Harley’s psyche. I want to see the ugly side of her relationship with the Joker, and how she develops this compulsive behaviour to return whenever she sees him, and the abusive tricks the Joker pulls on her to keep her hooked. Suicide Squad showed their relationship as too happy-go-lucky, with glimpses of Harley feeling resentment deep down about what he did to her.

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Introduce Poison Ivy To The DCEU

I am a fan of females in the media, especially in terms of comic books, and believe me when I say I am 100% here for the introduction of Poison Ivy.

I may not know too much about DC, but I do know that Ivy and Harley have a connection like no other. In the comic universe, Harley – once she has broken free of the Joker – finds comfort and eventually affection in Poison Ivy. So I feel that a movie revolving around Harley (if altering the comic book storyline, a little bit) can also bring in the appearance of this famous fighter. Whether it is straight from the start, partway through, near the end, or even in a mid-credit scene, I truly can picture Harley Quinn’s solo flick being the stepping stone to bringing Ivy into the DCEU. And let’s be real, what would this universe be without Ivy? (And personally: I would love to see Laverne Cox in this role)

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Give Her More Live-Action Publicity

It’s all in the acting when it comes to live-action adaptations. I have read many reviews of Suicide Squad, and despite it being called a good or bad movie, many critics agree on one thing: Margot Robbie was definitely the best pick.

I so agree. Margot Robbie took the role, admitted to taking elements from previous Harleys (most often noted, her voice), and it paid off. With the increased popularity of Harley Quinn by Robbie, who will say no to increasing it further with a full two-hour flick about the deadly blonde genius?

It’s sad to say, but popularity = money to the DC bosses, but this can work in our favour. If we show our honest interest, chances of a happening increase. I have seen many fans, old and new, young and old, boys and girls, loving the new Harley so maybe this continuation of her live appearance will keep her going up up up! I want to say in a few weeks, months, however long, that there will be a Harley movie – because it should happen!

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So those are three detailed reasons. I do have more, but these are my most important ones to share. I bet most of you agree, and if not, fair enough – I can’t control your favourite or least favourite characters – but the majority I’ve seen are hoping that Harley will return. With or without the Joker.

Watch this space – there could be an announcement at any time!

Suicide Squad Review: The Day The Villains Won (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

I’ll start this out by saying, no, I am not as familiar with DC as I am with Marvel (and honestly, besides Assault on Arkham, I have never watched a DC film in full), but if you need to know how great the scale of amazement from Suicide Squad is, just know it made a fan out of me.

The premise of having a full movie, over two hours of watching the nemeses save the day, is enough to intrigue. The movie tells of the formation of Task Force X at the hands of the sophisticated yet devilish Amanda Waller, where she is looking to enforce her superiority over criminals, brought to justice by Batman – and another Justice League member I’m keeping hush hush about for now – by using them as her own unorthodox army to fulfil any orders. If they obey, demands are met and they get a reduced prison sentence each. If they disobey? They can say bye-bye to their lives via bomb in the neck.

By now, for about a year now, we know who is who in this flick. And don’t get me wrong, every character has a chance to shine in their own way. No matter if it’s Harley Quinn’s moments of undying love/obsession for her “puddin”, the infamous Joker; Deadshot’s constant dedication to seeing his daughter despite being restrained due to his deadly job; or even Captain Boomerang’s little friend Pinky (if you’ve seen the trailers, you know exactly who I mean…)

Special praise, in terms of acting, should really go to all of the main cast for their ability to throw away all sense usually linked to the hero role, and embrace the insanity and confused morality of the villain. But let’s single out a few wonderful performances.

Let’s start with the source of casting controversy: Jared Leto’s unique portrayal of the Joker. Unpopular opinion here – I believe Leto’s version of the psychopathic villain was fantastic. Everyone may have had ideas before viewing his full performance, especially from hearing about his behind-the-scenes shenanigans, but I saw what his prep was leading to and wow, I was definitely shocked by how well he fit into the role. Being creepy, frightening, yet fascinating, is what you should always expect from a portrayal of this character; all three were ticked off by Leto so easily. Hopefully with more movies in the DCEU planned, he will appear even more onscreen and we can get deeper into his backstory – and hopefully, it will be Leto returning.

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On a similar stream, let’s explore his lover of sorts, Harley Quinn. I feel that Harley’s backstory was given more than the other members of the group but it sure did help loop the Joker into the story. Kudos to Margot Robbie for taking on such a complex role and doing it total justice. I cannot think of anyone who could have done a better job for Harley’s first ever live-action appearance. Personally, my highest point with Harley Quinn was all homages to her original red and black jester outfit; whenever it appeared, it was telling the fans “we know how to handle Harley, so don’t you panic”. I did not, and I was proud that she was given the respectful personality she deserved. This includes her chemistry with the Joker. There are scenes that show that despite her love for him, and his love for her, there was an edge to it; she felt uneasy at moments, which gave depth to her emotional state of mind. Thank you, DC, for not reducing Harley Quinn to an insane sexualised blonde. Thank you! Fingers crossed for that Harley Quinn solo movie, because I would so book tickets as soon as they are released.

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Lastly, but definitely not least, let’s discuss the astounding acting of Jay Hernandez as flame-wielder criminal El Diablo. I don’t know how to talk about him for so long without spoiling the movie, but here goes. Honestly, I had no clue about this character before hearing about Suicide Squad, but I now just want to learn all about him. He was one of the most complicated and heart-breaking characters, because unlike the other villains, he did not want to fight. He explains how he was once like the rest of them, out of control and dangerous; but after too many casualties and too many losses, he restricted himself from using his “curse”. If you’re looking forward to badass pyrotechnics 100% of the time he’s on screen, change your ideas; he will make you feel, possibly cry, when he shows too well the damage villains’ powers can have on loved ones.

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So to conclude, I will say this: do not pay full attention to websites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, who take some reviews and average the scores. Go see the movie, judge for yourself. You may agree with me, and you may not; it’s all up to you and how you view this movie.

Give these evil enemies a chance, because like it or not, they are here and they are ready to dominate the box office.

Rating: 9/10

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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WHY SUICIDE SQUAD WILL SAVE THE DCEU

So…not many people really enjoyed Batman v Superman. Man Of Steel really polarised the viewers and it looks like this will continue to be a pattern for a majority of the films in the DC Extended Universe. The darker tone which began in 2013 looks set to continue with 2017’s Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League movie. But, there may be a significant game-changer amongst the DCEU…SUICIDE SQUAD!

Since the announcement of the film, the excitement level has been intense. Now that we have had our third glimpse into the upcoming superhero/supervillain movie, these are the reasons why Suicide Squad will save the DCEU!

  1. This will give B-Grade villains the spotlight

Let’s be honest, how many films would you see Deadshot, Killer Croc or Harley Quinn as a main villain? You wouldn’t. When a movie is made, the main villain normally looks to be equal or iconic to its hero. But what happens when your film is mostly villains? We get to expand the universe that bit more and see those who normally wouldn’t make it to the big screen. Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and even Kitana are some of the

  1. The tone looks dark and fun

Nobody ever said you can’t make a dark movie, but keeping it too dark and serious makes the film suffer in its attempts to connect to its audience. The big criticism around Batman v Superman was that it was too bleak in places and lacked humour. Well, if the trailers are any indication, we will be getting some fun interactions with these characters. Captain Boomerang actor Jai Courtney looks like he will be providing a good amount of laughs on his own, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn most certainly will be a favourite once August arrives. Be brooding, dark, atmospheric, etc. but please be fun too! (Take note of this for Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Green Lantern, Cyborg and all the other films to come).

  1. Pleasing fans of DC as well as the casual movie-goer

If any lesson was learn’t in the last few years, is that you don’t necessarily need to have the biggest of names to get people to see a great movie. This time two years ago, hardly anyone knew who Chris Pratt was (star of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Jurassic World). Taking risks on films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and even Kingsman proved you don’t always need to worry about non-established characters. If the movie is done right, your audience will come. It looks like Suicide Squad will not only be a hugely entertaining action flick, but will also give plenty to those who have read the comics inside and out. Also, the links to the DCEU are in full view, hopefully many of these will pass from Suicide Squad and onto the future of the DC Extended Universe.

  1. Keeping It Fresh

With the superhero genre practically flooding the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult to bring something new to the audience. When Suicide Squad hits the cinema later this year, the eager audience already know that they are going to be getting the opposite of a typical superhero movie. Cheering on the bad guys is definitely not the norm, but David Ayer has seemingly made a film which will undoubtedly give a new perspective to the DCEU and show that it is good to be bad!

  1. Sequel? Why not!

If the film turns out to be as big of a success as many are hoping, then who wouldn’t want to see a sequel following another adventure for Task Force X? With all the chatter outside of the film showing a great connection with the cast and positive early buzz, there will be a big need for films like this to continue the new run of exciting adventures at the cinema. I honestly believe this film will be what saves the DCEU, and a sequel to its currently most anticipated property will be more than welcome.

SUICIDE SQUAD is out in cinemas August 5th

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove