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Birds of Prey Gets a Poster

Joker is less than a month of way but we’re already looking forward to the next film based on DC Comics properties, Birds of Prey, aka Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

The movies is based on the DC property that brought together numerous female heroes for a kick-ass group.

The film stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli/Huntress, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Dinah Lance/Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya who will be going up against Ewan McGregor as Black Mask and Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz. Ella Jay Basco is also listed as Cassandra Cain. The film is directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson. Chuck Dixon, Jordan B. Gorfinkel, and Greg Land are credited on the comics side.

Birds of Prey is out February 7.

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is Revealed

Warning “don’t get attached,” director and writer James Gunn has revealed the cast to his upcoming The Suicide Squad, a quasi-sequel to Suicide Squad based on the DC Comics property.

While roles aren’t announced returning from the first film are Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Margot Robbie will be Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag.

Guesses as to who will be playing who? Sound off in the comments!

A New Tank Girl Movie is in the Works with Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie‘s company has optioned the rights from MGM to make a new Tank Girl movie. Created by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, Martin took to Twitter with the news.

Just heard that Margot Robbie’s company have optioned rights from MGM to make a new Tank Girl movie – now several months into development. We haven’t been contacted by any of the parties involved with the project, so not sure if there will be any input from the original creators.

Martin and Hewlett created the character who first saw publication in 1988 in the debut issue of Deadline. She has seen series published by Dark Horse Comics and currently by Titan Comics.

The character came to screen in March 1995 in a film directed by Rachel Talalay and starring Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice-T, and Malcolm McDowell. Petty played the title character. With a budget of $25 million, the film went on to earn $4.1 million domestically and about another $2 million internationally. The film was generally panned by critics.

Is That a Birds of Prey Teaser?

A new Youtube channel called CheekySneakyPeeky (which joined on January 25) has posted up a video that looks to be a teaser for the upcoming film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

This is on top of a first look at Margot Robbie who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn.

Birds of Prey is currently in production and stars Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helen Bertinelli/Huntress, Derek Wilson as Tim Evans, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, Matthew Willig as Happy, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance/Black Canary, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan To Direct Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey

Variety is reporting that Cathy Yan has been picked to direct a DC Comic spinoff movie centered on Harley Quinn with Margot Robbie reprising the role. The “girl gang” film will be based on the Birds of Prey comic.

Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and Kroll & Co Entertainment as well as Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Picutres.

Yan is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and her debut film Dead Pigs was screened at Sundance. She’s the third female director for a DC film and the first Asian woman to helm a DC film. Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay will direct New Gods which is in development.

The script is by Christina Hodson who was recently picked to write Batgirl.

The production is expected to start later this year as Robbie is expected to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Suicide Squad 2 which will also feature Robbie is expected to begin production in 2018.

Deadpool, Reynolds, Robbie, and Negan Win Critics’ Choice Awards

Suicide SquadThe Critics’ Choice Awards were held this past Sunday and comic films represented not just with nominations, but also quite a few wins.

Margot Robbie won for Suicide Squad in the “Best Actress in an Action Movie” category. She was up against Gal Gadot for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Scarlett Johansson for Captain America: Civil War, and Tilda Swinton for Doctor Strange.

Deadpool did well winning “Best Comedy” up against Central Intelligence, Don’t Think Twice, The Edge of Seventeen, Hail, Caesar!, and The Nice Guys. Ryan Reynolds won for “Best Actor in a Comedy” for the title role in the film. Reynolds beat Ryan Gosling for The Nice Guys, Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins, Dwayne Johnson for Central Intelligence, and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic.

deadpool posterRyan Reynolds was also honored as the “Entertainer of the Year.”

When it comes to television Jeffrey Dean Morgan won for “Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series” for his portrayal of Negan on The Walking Dead.

It wasn’t all wins though.

Doctor Strange lost in “Best Hair & Makeup,” “Best Visual Effects,” and “Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.” Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, and Doctor Strange all lost in “Best Action Movie.” Finally, Benedict Cumberbatch for Doctor Strange, Chris Evans for Captain America: Civil War, and Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool all lost “Best Actor in an Action Movie.”

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

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As one of my most anticipated films of 2016, it’s safe to say Suicide Squad had a lot to live up to! It seemed like it would be the stepping stone for DCEU, after the abomination of a movie that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was. The teaser trailer was spectacular. The first trailer was very good as well. Then, for some reason, Warner Bros. went in a completely different direction with the second trailer. Even though I found it alright, it wasn’t as captivating as the other two; as it seemed like the generic blockbuster. Suicide Squad was supposed to be unusual, distinctive and crazy. Unfortunately, it was none of these.

The movie follows Amanda Waller as she assembles a team of extremely dangerous prisoners because she feels the world needs to have a contingency plan if the bad version of Superman comes down to Earth. Followed by a million intros for the characters, coupled with a most obvious choice of music for each of them.Subsequently, they are sent to fight the belly-dancing Enchantress trying to destroy humanity by building ‘a machine’. That is the entire plot: a bunch of crazy, self-absorbed individuals without superpowers (most of them anyways) have to fight this extremely powerful witch and her plain-obvious CGI brother. There’s no second act or plot development.

Harley Quinn, Diablo and Deadshot are the only characters with some barely perceptible character development. Everyone else was either pointless (Boomerang, Slipknot, Katana), or contradicting in their beliefs (Waller). With Harley Quinn we get some flashbacks about how she became the way she is; but even those are equivocal and scarce, as they are too short to figure out exactly what’s happening.

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The main problem with this film is that we are supposed to believe these characters are the most dangerous people on the planet! However, throughout the film we never really get a sense of this – save for, possibly, Harley. On a number of occasions, we are told they are ominous – although we are never actually shown how.

It’s not all gloom and doom though! There are moments when the humour works, and these scenes are wonderful – if not far too negligible . The actors do their best with the lines they have. Most of the so-called villains throw one-liners, and just a few of them land. The music score (not the soundtrack) also has some curious cues, which work when put into practice. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is awful in its usage! Whenever on, it is overbearing, distracting and even unpleasant. It serves only to prevent one from becoming entirely acquainted with the characters and tells you how to feel too insistently.

The action is as memorable as the editing is abhorrent! Half the time you are lost, due to the bad geography and constant cuts. In addition, the film doesn’t flow – the chronology is all over the place and there is no consistency.

The Joker was heavily featured in the ad campaign, however, we only see fleeting glimpses of him during the film itself. Turns out it wasn’t so that we are amazed by the end result, but because there isn’t much of him in the film. He pops up every once in a while for 30 seconds in either a flashback or as a deux ex machina. On that front alone, I was truly disappointed!

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Suicide Squad is non-refutably a box-office success, for now at least. Nevertheless, due to rushed decisions, it feels like two films have collided into one; just like Fantastic Four. It is not as bad but has more flaws than strengths.

In conclusion, it’s entertaining enough that you won’t fall asleep, but do not come with high expectations, otherwise you will be let down. I am sure Warner Brother will try to fix the film for the Blu-Ray release, by including a lot of the missing scenes shown in the trailer; however, as this is the second time this year they have done so, isn’t it becoming a pattern?

Overall Rating: 4

Why Margot Robbie is a Great Choice for Harley Quinn

With Tuesday’s official confirmation of the actor’s for the roles for the new Suicide Squad movie, fans finally got some news relating to a project that many of them thought that they would never see.  The cast is pretty varied, between A-listers Will Smith and Jared Leto to Cara Delevinge, who has less than 5 movie credits to her name at the moment.  In between these two extremes is Margot Robbie, who first got noticed on the short-lived Pan-Am television series, but who rose to fame with last year’s Wolf of Wall Street.

harley02In terms of playing movie superheroes, not much is often needed other than to have the charisma to play an over-the-top comic character.  What is usually needed is a strict physical regimen in order to look the part and to take part in the mayhem, and so as long as anyone has any acting ability, no matter how inexperienced they might be with actual movies, landing the part of superhero or supervillain usually comes down to dedication to the role.  The character of Harley Quinn though might have a minor exception associated to her in this regard though, that there is something absolutely necessary in an acting sense to get right, and that is the character’s accent.

Since the character’s introduction in the 1990s, there has actually been little explanation behind much of her character development, other than having fallen in love with the Joker while his prison psychiatrist.  This led her to break him out and led her into a career of crime, but since then the character has morphed somewhat, often acting as a DC Comics version of Deadpool, though definitely more villainous, who interacts with the readers in ways that other characters do not.  Sassiness is a trait associated with the character that goes well beyond that of most female characters that have that as dominant personality trait.  In all of her “live” appearances, either as an animated character or a video game character, there has been one common aspect of this sassiness, and that has been the character’s Brooklyn accent, sometimes a lot weaker, and sometimes very pronounced.

harley01In her preparation for Wolf of Wall Street, where she played Naomi Lapaglia, a Brooklyn native, Margot Robbie was forced to learn a Brooklyn accent, a difficult enough challenge for an Australian.  As she told Jimmy Kimmel in an interview about the movie:  “I sat down with my acting coach, to go through the scene before my audition, and she said ‘You know that you’re meant to be doing a Brooklyn accent’, and I said ‘What does a Brooklyn accent sound like?’ and she was like ‘Pretend that you’ve got acrylic nails on, and they’ve just been painted so they’re still wet.’  And I was like ‘Cool so how do I do the accent?’ and she was like ‘Just do it.’  And I was like “OK.”  So I put my hands out like that, and started doing the scene, and I was like “Well … uh …’ and all of a sudden, [in thick Brooklyn accent] I’m getting my hair out of my like this, and I was y’know, talking to her, and I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to her, and this attitude came out of nowhere.”

For her role, she received numerous year-end acting nominations, which meant that most critics that her accent was believable and authentic enough, and it is the same accent which is a necessity for Harley Quinn in the film, a character with a dedicated following that the movie will need to get right versus the others.  After all, Tom Hardy can mess up as Rick Flag, or Jai Courtney could mess up as Boomerang, but if the movie doesn’t get every aspect of Harley Quinn right then at least in some respects the movie will be considered a failure, and DC Comics will have failed to get a specific part of its fan base engaged in a way that it hoped to.

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne are DC’s Suicide Squad

suicide squad logoThe Hollywood Reporter has reported, and Warner Bros./DC Comics has confirmed the cast of 2016’s Suicide Squad after lots of rumors and speculation. The Suicide Squad is a group of captured villains brought together for missions to work off their sentences, and has featured numerous different characters and line-ups. Think of it as The Dirty Dozen with a rotating cast, an awesome idea for a movie franchise.

We now know this Suicide Squad will be:

  • Will Smith as Deadshot
  • Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg (the team’s leader)
  • Jared Leto as the Joker
  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
  • Jai Courtney as Boomerang
  • Cara Delevingne as Enchantress

David Ayer is both writing and directing the film.

The movie has a release date of Aug. 5, 2016 and begins filming in April.

In a release, Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production said:

The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one.

David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara.

We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.

Below is Warner Bros.’ website announcement:

An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure “Suicide Squad,” bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (“Fury”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.

The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.