‘The Suicide Squad’ is DCEU’s Supervillan War Movie

During a set visit in 2019, Den of Geek’s Mike Cecchini described The Suicide Squad as reminiscent of a war movie.

The journalist describes the set he walked onto as a “war zone”. Without the context that the set he was visiting was for the DC Supervillain/anti-hero team-up film, The Suicide Squad, he would have thought he was visiting the set of a new war movie. Perhaps a generic summer blockbuster, but a DCEU movie? It wasn’t what the reporter was expecting.

“Jotunheim” is the name of the set that gave off these war movie vibes. With no actors or characters in sight, the set looks like the kind of Nazi fortress from The Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare, but the colorful cast of The Suicide Squad are the ones who will be entering the war zone. According to the film’s director, James Gunn, it’s no accident that this set feels like a war movie:

A lot of the film is within the genre of war caper films. It’s not really something that’s existed for a long time, but in the late 60s that was one of the most vibrant genres of the world. [We wanted to] kind of … add on to it with The Suicide Squad.

This is something that I believe comic book movies need to do more often. If they want to continue to be interesting, they need to tell unique stories in other genres; just put a superhero lens on it. At this point, we’ve had over a decade of successful comic book movies; longer if you go beyond the “Cinematic Universe Era”. Whether or not The Suicide Squad feels like a war film for its entirety, the fact that it’s embracing another genre speaks to Gunn’s vision of where superheroes (or villains) are heading in the future.

The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6th, 2021.

Source: Den of Geek

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