Comic book adaptation obsession

This is by no means a criticism. I started enjoying reading sequential art 30 years ago and still read The Walking Dead – I’m a fan. That the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought a bunch of super-human costume wearers into the public domain and made them unbelievably popular is to be applauded. The DC Extended Universe has taken a little longer to get up to speed, with The Dark Knight Trilogy being their blueprint for the future of their cinematic outings. I suppose Man of Steel (2013) was the first “official” release into that extended universe, but the “gritty realism” shown in Christopher Nolan’s take on the world created by DC Comics clearly imbues the look and feel of Zack Synder’s Superman adaptation.

While it was obvious Man of Steel would get a sequel, it was a bit of a surprise to hear the announcement from DC and their partner Warner Brothers that the continuation of this universe would include a Suicide Squad adaptation. I’d heard of the comic but was not familiar with it at all. Of course, that’s all about to change with the realise of the film locked in for 5th August in the UK and US. With a cast that includes Oscar winner Jared Leto playing the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, you can colour me interested. Check out this trailer to get yourself up to speed.

I’m liking the look of that! And what better way to publicise such an ensemble cast than to produce some nice character posters as well? Hopefully, the use of such a distinctive style for the posters – rather than the usual head-shots – is an indication of the value of the production itself. We can but hope.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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