Are These Set Leaks a Good or Bad Thing for the Suicide Squad Movie and Its Fans?
Every day seems to bring new set photos, press releases, or videos from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. The most surprising of these leaks came earlier this week, when video surfaced of a scene where Batman clings to the top of The Joker's speeding car as it races through the streets of Toronto. The Canadian city is doubling up as the movie's real-life Gotham, and the team behind Suicide Squad appear to have welcomed the Toronto's populace onto the set with open arms. This has resulted in countless tidbits from the production emerging on the Internet. Photos of the Batmobile, video of Jared Leto's Joker, video and photos of Harley Quinn have all found their way online.
The anti-hero film, featuring some of the villains of the DC Comics Universe, has been in production for several months now, and the endless stream of leaked footage and information from the set of the film is strange to say the least. Typically, superhero films are kept under wraps for the most part. Aside from a glimpse here or there of a set or a character, most of the real meat of these stories is shrouded in secrecy. So why is the Suicide Squad set so open? Is it a purposeful move on the part of the studio, or has the production team just not got their act together? This is a question that we DC Comics fans have been trying to answer with increased intensity in recent days.
As it stands right now, there is definitely more fanboy outrage regarding the treatment of these characters than there is genuine excitement. The first photo of Leto's Joker nearly broke the internet, and the full cast photo generated more shrugs than praise. Perhaps this open set policy is an attempt to build anticipation? If that's the case, it's a huge gamble, a gamble that does not appear to be paying off. But, while we may be feeling underwhelmed by all of this grainy set footage, there are still reason for DC fans to feel positive about Suicide Squad.
Director David Ayer has credentials that cannot be ignored. Ayer is a gritty action filmmaker, and two of his last three films (Fury, End of Watch) have been wonderfully textured entries into the genre. With Ayer on board, Suicide Squad will stand a good chance of providing the gritty R-rated action this property deserves. Though the studio will inevitably push for a softer rating, a better balance than most comic book movies can still be expected. Aside from Ayer's involvement, many people have overlooked the quality of the movie's exceptional cast. With the likes of Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith headlining, there's more than enough quality involved to make Suicide Squad a truly exciting prospect. There's also a case to be made for these set leaks actually benefitting the production. We already feel familiar with Robbie's Harley Quinn and Leto's Joker, and the fact that we know Batman is going to make an appearance can only add a bit of star power and box-office clout.
However, the fact remains that if these set videos and photos continues, the Suicide Squad production runs the risk of striking fan fatigue more than a year ahead of its release date. Movie fatigue is no rare thing in these days of teasers for teaser trailers and posters and promo art, but to experience such an effect so far out will be rare. Maybe this openness is an attempt to build familiarity with what is likely to be a slightly overstuffed story, maybe it's all part of the challenge of having a big city set. Either way though, this level of access to a big budget movie set is unprecedented, and it's going to be fascinating to see how it pans out between now and August 2016.