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CHris’ Cinema: Suicide Squad

Suicide_Squad_(film)_PosterSuicide Squad (2016)

Will Smith, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto

Warner Bros, PG-13

Hey there FPNYC Faithful! I’m going to switch things up this week and review an actual movie you can go out and see in theaters RIGHT NOW, instead of some comics. If you don’t care for that, don’t worry, I have a pair of reviews dropping in a few days as well (Nightwing and Paper Girls), so you can look forward to that. Additionally, if your jonesing for some fresh new Suicide Squad comics, both Suicide Squad Rebirth and Harley Quinn #1 dropped this past week. SS Rebirth is very much a Rebirth comic made for people who just saw the new movie, and Harley Quinn is a nice jumping on point for the bestselling run commandeered by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. And with that, here comes some #SQUADTAKES.

I had a chance to see Suicide Squad last week at press screening in Manhattan. As nice as it was to see a comic book movie before the internet ruined it for me with spoilers and takes, and I wish the product I watched was better. I went into the film excited to see David Ayer’s spin on one of my favorite, lesser known DC properties, but walked away a little disappointed. That’s not to say there’s not some fun to be had with Suicide Squad, but the film is not a proper response to Marvel Comics-based offerings like Civil War or Deadpool.

First and foremost, much like the rest of the critics/internet at large, I was not impressed by Jared Leto’s Joker. I’m not a fan of the character in general, but Leto fails to do the ceba46ed7c7cd79ac9d8670ea86cb41b6644604b95aac7927cde7e2655f97c19clown any justice, especially when compared to other live action Joker performance. While the Joker/Harley relationship in this movie isn’t the problematic mess it has been in animation and comics, Leto’s Joker is so underwhelming it lessens Robbie Margot’s performance like some sort of talent black hole. Also the plot is a bit of a mess, which can be blamed on the alleged claims of reshoots and alternate cuts. And while I see what they were trying for with the soundtrack of this film, it was more of a deterrent than helpful. Filmdrunk Editor in Chief Vince Mancini made several comparisons of the movie to early 2000s rap-metal, which is a fairly accurate claims, for better or worse.  Said claims is ironic, because the actors tried so hard and got so far with the material they were given, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter looking at the numbers on Rotten Tomatoes. Also please give me a fake internet award for that last sentence.

That being said, there is some fun to be had with Suicide Squad. Viola Davis as Amanda Waller is a sight to see, as she’s most spot on live action incarnation of the Wall to date. Will Smith’s Deadshot is fun in his own way, but it was a little off putting for me to hear Big Willie Style drop profanity throughout the film. Despite Killer Croc and El Diabo maxresdefault (1)falling victim to some slightly racist clichés, both Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jay Hernandez have some great characters moments. Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang steals every scene he’s in, Joel Kinnaman‘s Rick Flagg is fine enough, and the Justice Leaguers that show up are pretty neat as well. Sadly not every character is given a chance to shine, and honestly the less said about their various portrayals, the better.

Suicide Squad is a mediocre film that at the very least takes a step in the right direction for the DC Cinematic Universe. With any luck, Wonder Woman will be the first GOOD DC movie in some time come 2017, and this movie will do well enough that it’s cast can be redeemed in a sequel or the heavily rumored Harley Quinn spin-off film.

Christopher Troy is a freelance writer/editor/snarky jerk on the internet. He can be found here weekly, on Twitter @TheAnarCHris, and is the co-creator/writer the webcomic “In The Name of Thy Mother”. His favorite Linkin Park song is none of your business.

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This week in toys: BAT SHOCK

It’s been hella fortnight since we’ve last taken a look at Heroclix-stuff, mostly because Square Enix drops enough product on a weekly basis to that point where I can ignore the tabletop gaming section. However, NECA has released a line based on Bioshock Infinite, one of my favorite video games from the past few months, so now I’m contractually obligated to care. Currently available are single blind-box Clixs, as well as a six Clix starter set with Booker Dewitt, Elizabeth, Daisy Fitzoy, an Automated Stallion, and both a Handyman and a Flakman (ALL OF THE MANS!). The starter set, which retails for about $25, comes with the respected Clix’s character cards, 5 Object token, 1 powers and abilities card, 1 rule book, 2 dice and 2 maps. A solid starter set, at least in my opinion, but I’m not exactly the biggest Heroclixs guy, you YMMV. And if Bioshock Infinite isn’t your thing for some reason, we all have tons of Marvel and DC-based sets and expansions, Gears of Wars Clix, and as mentioned in the past Pacific Rim. NECA is gunning hard for my wallet, and I applaud them for their efforts.

I made that Square Enix joke above for a reason by the way. Once again the company is flooding our shelves with Play Art Kai figures, which I’m sure has nothing to do with all the negative press the new Final Fantasy game has been getting (No it doesn’t but the timing IS funny to me). The Arkham line gets 2 new additions in the form of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and we get our first Dead Space Play Arts figures with DS3 Issac Clarke. As you see from the photo attached, Ivy is SUPER GREEN and SUPER PANTLESS, and I think I have a bigger problem with her given paint color more than I do with her design. The New 52 Harley has soften my stance on her Arkham City counterpart, so I kind of dig it now. Issac….Issac is a busy figure, and I’m still not sure how I feel about the fur collar with armor thing he’s got going on there. My issues aside, the figures are extremely well put together, fairly articulated, and well-stocked in the accessories department: They all come with alternate hands, and Ivy comes with some plant life, Harley with some guns and a baseball bat, and Isaac comes with a Plasma Cutter and a rifle. They run the usual $60-$70 price point, and given the fact that Harley and Ivy are fan favorites, I imagine keeping them on our shelves is a little more difficult than usual.

And big ups to Squenix for releasing 2 different Batman-related lines without actually releasing a Batman figure in either of them (not a dig by the way, I’m being as sincere as I can be when talking about Bat-Merch here). The Dark Knight Joker and Dark Knight Rises Catwoman figures are also in stock, and are probably the best plastic versions of these characters that aren’t Hot Toys releases. Square Enix did a fantastic job of capturing the actor’s likenesses with these collectibles, to the point that it’s almost creepy. Catwoman comes with a variant head, 3 alternate hands and a gun, and the Joker comes packaged with 2 variant heads, a pair of hands, playing cards and a knife.  These are a huge step-up from the previous movie-verse Play Arts, and are a good sign for the upcoming Man of Steel figures dropping later this year.

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New stock and the revenge of the shameless plug

FIRST SHAMELESS PLUG OF 2012!!: Hey FP Faithful, on April 15th, I’ll be out in Chicago at C2E2, speaking on a panel titled “Cosplay: What You Didn’t Want to Know and Didn’t Quite Ask”. I’ll be up there with my wife and friend Kenneth making an ass of myself and discussing costumed things, so if you’re in Chicago that weekend for the convention  and don’t want to hear J.M.S. talk about some comics he didn’t finish, come by and watch me make an ass of myself.

This week we’re gonna start off looking at 2 new Play Arts Kai figures we got in recently. The 1st would be the Joker figure I mentioned a few weeks back when I was looking at the P.A.K. Batman figure from the Arkham Asylum line.  Much like the Batman figure, the Joker is well sculpted and super articulated, especially when it comes to the detailing on his suit, as well as his facial expression and manic hair. In terms of accessories, the Joker comes with  a set of Wind-Up Joker teeth (this makes sense if you played the game), a gun, a variant closed left hand, as well as a variant right hand that can grip said gun. Much like the Bat, the Joker goes for about $60, and will make a great companion to the Batman and eventual Harley Quinn figure Square has/will put out.

On the more Final Fantasy side of things, we have Lighting as she appears in the recently released Final Fantasy 13-2. I haven’t played FF13-2, but this a dope figure, and I REALLY like the fact that Square has sculpted her hair in translucent plastic. Then again, the entire figure is well sculpted, as there’s some crazy detail in that armor, as well as that feather-half skirt she’s rocking. Accessory-wise, Lightning comes with a pair of variant hands, shield and sword(Really wish these figures came with stands still). She retails for $55 and will be joined by her sister Serrah in the coming months. We’ve actually sold out of this figure a few times this year, so if you want her and see her on our shelves, pick it up immediately!! Continue reading

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NYCC Wrap-up/Recap!

by Chris Troy

::: Coughs for several minutes before vomiting up several organs of varying importance:::

Once again, New York Comic Con has come and gone, this time giving me a case of the death, along with a ton of freebies, like posters, shirts and comics that I would never buy. The con was awesome and if you want a recap of what I did that doesn’t involve toys, I suggest you check out the article I typed up for BleedingCool.com, which can be found right here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/10/18/cosplaying-with-seth-green-chris-troys-nycc/

As for toy news from NYCC that you should care about:

– Next year’s Avengers toyline will have figures in-scale with Marvel Universe/ Marvel Movie figures as well as Marvel Legends sized figures. (3.5″ and 6″ to those unfamiliar with what the hell I’m talking about) On display were Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk, & Loki for both lines, in addition to Black Widow, Thor, and Nick Fury for the 3.5″ figures.)

-The 2nd wave of the returning Marvel Legends line will consist of Big Time Spider-Man, Daken, Madam Hydra, Fantomex, Bucky, Captain America, Madam Masaque, Thunderball, and Build-a-Figure Arnim Zola. As good as the Avenger figures looks, these looks amazing, and I will end up buying WAY too many of them.

-DC Direct & Mattel both had “Arkham City”-based figures on display. Mattel’s will be 2-packs, and will feature characters like Harley Quinn, Robin, Batman, and the Joker. DC Direct, is making single cared figures of Batman and  literally ALL his villains from the game, as well as oversized deluxe characters from the first game like Venom-Joker, Killer Croc, & Bane. Also Catwoman, who I guess we can consider an alley at this point.

-Square Enix also had Arkham Asylum figures on display, Batman and the Joker of course. Also, photos of an armored Batman & Harley Quinn. In addition to these, there were Halo Play Arts Kai, Deus Ex: Human Revolution (which we just got in!), Serrah from Final Fantasy 13-2, as well as fully painted prototypes of the new Street Fighter 4 line, consisting of Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, and Cammy. Without a doubt, these are the BEST looking Street Fighter figures to date, so expect me to rave about Cammy when she drops in 2012. Continue reading

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