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The buzz for Suicide Squad was initially unremarkable. Our first glimpse at the film was a shot of Jared Leto as The Joker, which most fans didn’t seem to care for. With the grill and the “edgy” tats, fans weren’t fond of where director David Ayer was taking the character. But once they saw the villain in action, especially in the latest trailer, fans warmed up to Ayer’s “worst superheroes ever” picture. The film is now exhibiting even more signs of promise, as it has enlisted composer Steven Price.

Learn more about the Suicide Squad composer and the Joker after the jump.

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Suicide Squad Trailer Breakdown

You’ve probably already seen the new Suicide Squad trailer that was unveiled yesterday. You may have already seen it a few times because it is one seriously impressive piece of marketing that showcases a tone and style that no one saw coming. Warner Bros. has obviously taken a few cues from how Marvel sold Guardians of the Galaxy to introduce this gang of misfits and oddballs to a wider audience and it works absurdly well. Director David Ayer has cooked up something that takes place in the same world as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it looks completely different in just about every way.

While the trailer does a fairly good job of establishing the basic premise (the government recruits a bunch of imprisoned DC comics super villains into a task force that is forced to go on dangerous missions), it doesn’t delve into the plot specifics. At the same time, it’s bursting with mysterious images, insane moments, and surprising beats. This thing begs for a frame-by-frame breakdown.

And your wish is my command.

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We’ll say this much for the burgeoning DC movie universe – it’s already looking a bit unpredictable. We still have no idea what to make of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie that appears to have the plots and characters of a dozen separate film jammed into one package, but we’re certainly intrigued by Suicide Squad. Here is a comic book movie that, conceptually, feels like a gigantic left turn. How do you follow up a movie featuring Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman? How about an adaptation of a mostly unknown comic series about B-tier villains teaming up to take down a bigger threat? That’s bold.

But enough of that. You’re here because the first proper Suicide Squad trailer has arrived. You can watch that below.

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JJ Abrams and George Lucas

In a little over a month, the publicity machine is going to be in full swing as we lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can bet that the entire cast and director J.J. Abrams will be making the rounds to morning news programs, late night talk shows, and pretty much everywhere else to help promote the movie that simply doesn’t need anymore promotion. But in the meantime, Abrams has gotten a round of questions from some movers and shakers in all sorts of entertainment, and they want answers.

Cloverfield star T.J. Miller, Girls creator Lena Dunham, Suicide Squad star Jared Leto, Netflix’s content acquisitions chief Ted Sarandos, even George Lucas himself and many more have tons of burning questions about The Force Awakens, Lost and just life in general. Abrams gives some pretty great answers for your entertainment. Read More »

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Suicide Squad isn’t actually in theaters for another nine months, but you wouldn’t know that from the onslaught of promotional material flooding the web this week. Say what you will about the film itself, but the Suicide Squad marketing team clearly isn’t one for procrastinating.

Following four splashy magazine covers for Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), we have a new batch of Suicide Squad photos offering better looks at Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), and more. Check ’em out after the jump.  Read More »

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Update #1: High resolution versions of the Empire covers featuring the Joker and Enchantress have arrived online. You can find them below.

Update #2: Harley Quinn and Deadshot now have their own Empire covers as well. Again, click the jump to check ’em out!

Few things have proven as instantly controversial in the world of online fandom as Jared Leto‘s take on the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. That first reveal is now the stuff of legend – you could hear the angry internet comments from orbit. Everyone seemed to chill out a bit when that Comic-Con trailer arrived online, giving us a brief look at the character in action. Still, even bringing up this retooled version of Batman’s arch-nemesis is like tossing a bloody hunk of meat into a internet forum manned entirely by sharks. People like yelling about the Joker more than they like yelling about Batman himself. It’s genuinely impressive.

Well, crack your knuckles, stretch your fingers, and prepare start typing in ALL CAPS because new photos of Leto as the Joker have arrived online. So get ready to hit the comments section of your choice and get to work. The internet is fueled by your rage, people.

Check out the new Joker images for yourself after the jump.

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If you have actor/singer/Oscar winner Jared Leto‘s address, please send him cards, flowers, or chocolates, because, for God’s sake, the man just gave birth. That’s how he describes having played the Joker in director David Ayer‘s (FurySuicide Squad, which is about a pack of villains on a suicide mission.

After the jump, Jared Leto discusses the Joker.

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Jared Leto and Mark Ruffalo

More often than not, the actors and actresses who bring your favorite comic book characters to life on the big screen are fans just like you. They grew up idolizing certain superheroes, and it’s a dream for them to be playing them, just as it is for you to see them become as real as they can on film. However, they can’t enjoy fandom the way we can without being swamped by other fans who want to take pictures with them and want their autograph.

But plenty of stars have found an awesome workaround that helps them fit in with the masses of fans, even at a place that’s overrun with the most rabid of them: cosplay. Many an actor and actress have worn costumes in order to walk the showfloor at Comic-Con without being mobbed by fans, and Jared Leto and Mark Ruffalo have just joined their ranks. Read More »

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Who did Jared Leto turn to for advice on the Joker? Is a new Justice League show coming? Which Scarlet Witch storyline does Elizabeth Olsen want to make? What would a Punisher Netflix series look like? How would S.H.I.E.L.D. star Brett Dalton fix Hydra’s image problem? Who would win in a fight, Drax or Black Adam? What do the Marvel Cinematic Universe and War and Peace have in common? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »