'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Chris Pratt on Why ‘Suicide Squad’ Did Not Work

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - 8:44PM
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - 8:44PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Chris Pratt on Why ‘Suicide Squad’ Did Not Work
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We all know that DC and Warner Bros' Suicide Squad didn't end up being what most of us had hoped. The movie faced pretty rough critiques despite its major commercial success and lengthened the gap between Marvel and DC's respective triumphs.

But speaking of team movies, the first Guardians of the Galaxy was the opposite, surprising everyone by taking an obscure superhero team with a talking raccoon and making them household names. At a recent press junket promoting the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere next week, io9 asked star (and Star-Lord) Chris Pratt about his thoughts on last summer's DC blockbuster. His reply was surprisingly tame:

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"I really like all the Warner Bros. movies. I think they're really cool and I'm not a real tough critic on those movies. But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in Suicide Squad. They spent 10 minutes telling us why [we should] care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters."
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Of course, nobody in GotG appeared before the movie came out, but when you've only got five characters - with one who only says "I am Groot" - it makes things easier. If Suicide Squad leaped into a team movie before introducing all of its characters, it looks like DC might be repeating this mistake once more with Justice League. The upcoming film will debut before The Flash, Aquaman, or Cyborg's solo ventures. On the other hand - Pratt, who has earned millions from his involvement with Marvel, may be a tad biased, but ultimately thinks Marvel had the right idea:

Opening quote
"They grew it really slowly so it's strong. They didn't create The Avengers first. They did Iron Man. And they tested it to make sure it worked. Then they did [Iron Man II] and [Iron Man III], then they did Cap, and then they did Thor. And they created a thirst for these characters, and that's when they put them in The Avengers."
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Seems like a pretty simple recipe when put that way. But Pratt can admit that it's no easy feat, saying it's a miracle that anyone's got it right so far. He stays modest and knows that playing one character in the Marvel universe cannot attest to the commercial and critical success of the franchise. Still, in Star-Lord fashion, he does credit himself and adds, "I think it comes down to Kevin [Feige], his filmmakers, and ultimately, me, playing Star-Lord."

Catch Pratt along with Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which comes out May 5, 2017. 

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