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