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Cameos, references, comic book boxes that come to life … Discover the details not to be missed in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad”, worn by Margot Robbie and Will Smith among others.
Suicide Squad brings together for the first time in the cinema a team of supervillains to carry out an obviously suicide mission in the DC Comics universe! From the Joker to Harley Quinn to Deadshot and Killer Croc, they are all set to fight for a reduced sentence.
While Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) refers to them as “the King and Queen of Gotham”, the film shows us the Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) dancing, with plans that take place. ‘directly inspire, even in the makeup of the young woman, the cover signed Alex Ross, designer renowned for the realism of his works, for the book “Harley Quinn” published in 1999.
Batman v Superman made us understand it briefly: the Joker is responsible for Robin’s death, as in the comic book “Mourning in the family”. But Suicide Squad teaches us that Harlely Quinn (Margot Robbie) was the accomplice of the Clown Prince of Crime in this story, on which the new Justice League cut should come back quickly, according to Zack Snyder.
Seen in the introductory sequence of Suicide Squad, embellished with a neon pink since it is about Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the grid of Arkham Asylum is exactly the same as that of the Gotham series , The Adventures of Batman prequel aired between September 2014 and April 2019 on the FOX channel in the United States.
Even if the Joker played by Jared Leto is only secondary in the plot, his various appearances are the occasion of several sartorial tributes: to “The Killing Joke” and “A mourning in the family” when he is dressed in purple with white gloves, or “The Dark Knight Returns” when he’s wearing a purple shirt under a white jacket.
By ending with this image showing the character played by Will Smith under a hail of bullets, the film takes up the visual of the cover of “The target of Deadshot”, opus by in 2014 in France and whose screenplay is by John Ostrander , to whom we owe the reinvention of the comic books “Suicide Squad” in 1987.
The inscriptions “The Light” and “The Way” visible on the collar of Deadshot (Will Smith) refer to this quote from the Book of John in the Bible: “Jesus said to him: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life . No one comes to the Father except through me. ‘”A way of offering this anti-hero a hint of morality, in accordance with the values defended by his interpreter?
Between Man of Steel and Justice League, Zack Snyder will have participated in all DC feature films produced by Warner: by directing three, by making a cameo in Wonder Woman, and by directing this cameo of Flash (Ezra Miller) which stops Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) in Suicide Squad.
When Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) discusses her plan at a summit meeting with government officials, we can see the painting depicting the myth of David and Goliath, painted by Titian in 1542. Is it because, as the hero of the Bible, the characters of the film will be launched on a suicide mission in the face of an enemy supposedly stronger than them?
If he is not named in the opening scene in which he appears, we have to wait until Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) presents his plan to have the answer thanks to a plaque: it is about Derek Tolliver who, in the comic books published from 1987 and whose feature film is greatly inspired, makes the link between the commando and the Security Council. Here embodied by David Harbor, future Hellboy, he is one of Amanda Waller’s associates and never hinders his mission.
Interpreter of Admiral Olsen in the opening scene of Suicide Squad, Ted Whittall is no stranger to the DC universe since he participated in five episodes of Smallville, including four in the skin of Rick Flag, here embodied by Joel Kinnaman.
In an attempt to convince members of the government of the merits of Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) idea of putting together a team of super-villains, Derek Tolliver (David Harbor) gives an example of where the Suicide Squad could intervene: if Superman had decided to cross the roof of the White House to attack the President of the United States. A situation which is not difficult to imagine since it occurred in Superman II, when General Zod (Terence Stamp) broke into the Oval Office with a crash.
Most of the action in Suicide Squad takes place in the town of Midway City, which DC Comics fans are familiar with, as it was notably the setting for the adventures of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
The name written on the sleeve of his military uniform, which can be seen when he fires from the stolen helicopter, proves it: Jim Parrack plays a certain Johnny Frost, henchman and driver of the Clown Prince of Crime, and narrator of the comic book “Joker” signed Lee Bermejo and Brian Azzarello in 2008, and whose feature film would have been inspired in particular. Which, with the exception of the presence of this character, is not really obvious.
Many rumors have circulated about the identity of the character played by rapper Common. Officially, he is a gangster called Monster T. But his look refers to the Tattooed Man, name given to several of Green Lantern’s enemies capable of bringing their tattoos to life. Was it a simple wink, or the introduction of a villain brought back to Green Lantern Corps, when the project was still in the DC Comics line-up?
While looking for which accessory to go on a mission, after finding her outfit, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) momentarily grabs a mass. Which refers to comic books signed Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti from 2013 and in which it was his weapon of choice. More than his bat from the movie which, if present on paper, is more reminiscent of Arkham video games. But the mallet is making a comeback in Birds of Prey, both on the posters and in the finale.
Present in the promotion of the film, with a poster just for him, Slipknot (Adam Beach) does not last long since it is thanks to him that the rest of the commando discovers that the explosive implants intended to prevent them from escaping are good. real, contrary to what Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) implied. A rapid death which seems to be modeled on this situation of number 10 of “Suicide Squad”, published in 1988, where the Australian, once again eager to prove his superiority, was at the origin of the serious injury to the arm of his accomplice under similar conditions.
In the comic books that saw her born in 1966, the Enchantress was dressed as a witch, pointy hat included. This is not the case in the film, which takes up the tale in which it is revealed that she is possessed by a greedy demon of lust and desire called Succubus (Succubus in VO), and gives her the look of a woman who was the host before June Moone’s brother (here played by Cara Delevingne) was in turn infected with the parasite.
As in the comic books, Katana (Karen Fukuhara) has lost the love of her life, and her weapon of choice is a saber called Soultaker. But Suicide Squad adds a significant detail to her outfit, with these calligraphic inscriptions (on her leg in particular) which recall her personal history, because it is about a lost love that the super-heroine will wait for a millennium if he must.
Revealed from the trailers, the very visual scene in which the Joker (Jared Leto) lies in the middle of a circle formed by bottles and all his weapons (mostly knives) is, and David Ayer does not not hide, a tribute to the sequence of The Wall of Pink Floyd which sees Pink (Bob Geldof) placing objects in the same way in his hotel room, as if to illustrate the state of mind in which he is . We also notice, in Suicide Squad, children’s clothes (one pink and one blue) at the top right of the image. To show us, echoing the future hallucination of Harley, who imagines a family life with him, that the Clown Prince of crime is also thinking of this future?
The flashback centered on when Harleen Quinzel (Margot Robbie) becomes Harley Quinn, and which we see again in Birds of Prey, is directly inspired by the origin of the villain, reinvented in the reboot Renaissance (New 52 in VO), launched from 2011. With a big difference: while the Joker pushes her into a vat of acid on paper, to complete her transformation, it is the young woman who jumps of her own accord into Suicide Squad .
The Latin quote “Si vis pacem para bellum” (“If you want peace, prepare for war”) that we see in the window that Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) breaks to grab a bag could not be just a detail. But she fits the credo of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), convinced that a conflict against meta-humans is approaching and that we must be prepared. With a group of the ilk of Suicide Squad for example.
The team’s mission goes through the John F. Ostrander Federal Building, where their target is located. A name that obviously refers to the screenwriter John Ostrander who, in 1987, reinvented the “Suicide Squad” comic books to give them the form that we still know today.
Back behind bars at the end of the film, before the Joker (Jared Leto) escapes him, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) recovers from her emotions by reading the book “Between the Sheets” by Molly O’Keefe. A romance novel that would have its place in the Harlequin collection, to support the play on words around the name of the character, and in which we find similarities with his own romantic relationship: there is indeed a question of a bad boy who arrives in a village, and teaches a young woman to let go when desire kicks in.
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