Did you know about the movie via the comics?
No, never. I think I can give a straight shot for the average movie goer vs. the hardcore fan. Overall, it's a kickass fun film.
What do you take on the side story of the Joker and Harley Quinn?
Although it does go in and out of the rest of the story, it adds that lustful love that people feel to the hardcore maybe once in their life. Of course, I've been married awhile so maybe its over the top movie-only hype, but I can live with it. It's interesting in the aspect that a psychologist abandons her career to be a dancer for the Joker. That could be a bit of a character hole in that it doesn't make much sense except in the comic book world. The other thing that is challenging is that she would lose her brainy accent to adapt a gutteral New York accent as a villain. Not sure if that makes any sense, but you can over look it.
I think they kind of overlaid it in a way that works to draw the audience in for longer attention. In a way they are using the same formula that worked for the long Fast and Furious. In that movie they also had multiple long-term relationships that defined the story vs. just being a villain.
One of the best love stories is of El Diablo in how he completely loses his family due to his devious use of his fire skill to gain gang power before it literally burns away his family.
The sad thing is they are rolling out this one movie rather than building up to one move through several movies. In Marvel, they had Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Ant Man before making Avengers and Civil War. The real beauty of Civil War is understanding all the crazy back stories of all the individual characters and then doing a smash up movie. The Suicide Squad could have been much better by having a Batman vs Joker/Harley Quin movie, a separate El Diablo movie and maybe a Deadshot movie before doing Suicide Squad. Then any of the later deaths would have a greater impact. With CGI costs low nowadays, they probably could have done these side movies first, now they lost that chance and maybe ruined the long-term series based on the Suicide Squad. I think the movie executives at Warner really don't understand that the fan-base may be huge for these stories now that the technology can reach the quality needed to breathe life in the characters. They did at least fully roll out Batman, but not the other characters.
The leader behind the scenes of Suicide Squad Viola Davis is well sketched out. She trully believes in her idea of throwing these band of misfit villains together to do the dirty work. She allows herself to be captured and rescued, which gives the group a reason to be together beyond the money. She truly shows how a leader builds a crew without any fear.
It started back in 1959 with their first issue. The squad was then called Task Force One and actually took over from the Justice League that retired in the face of McCarthy era of 1950 - 56. It was a take off of the task force of WWII movie the "Dirty Dozen", so hence the dirty Harry feel to the villains and the crazy paranoia of the 1950s come through the original plot of the prisoners as it parallels Hollywood stars being imprisoned or losing their jobs over their belief system in Communism. The connection in the plot to Batman capturing certain members of the Suicide Squad were back in the original comics as well. Of course, since they cram it all in in one movie these elements are quickly glossed over, but at least they are true to the roots of the series. Another truism in the movie taken from the comics is the death of several minor comic characters. This happened periodically in the series, which creates a great dynamic that movie execs were not likely keen on (since you are taking a chance on the chemistry).
From the comics there are several directions they could go with this set of characters. An interesting take would be their arch enemy Jihad, a terrorist group of super villains. I think this could be so bad-ass since it would be so un-politically correct, but explain terrorism to kids in a possible positive light. I think comics job is to explain the crazy things in life like 9/11 or ISIS is via story telling analogies. You have to check with the public, but this could be a true shit storm story that could kill it. People want to feel like they can handle terrorism and a funny comic book story can dispell the spell of terrorism holds over our mind. The terrible thing of terrorism is the lingering imagery in our minds. A movie can dispell this in a silly take on sad reality.
Do you have any Suicide Squad art?
Not exactly. I do have a painting of Scarface depicting Al Pacino, but really highlighting the deep, darker corners of the drug world inhabited by Pablo Escobar.
Another comic book style painting was on Morpheus from "The Matrix" series of movies. I look a bit closer at the true Cold War of cyber terrorism between China and the West. The Chinese military is stealing patents like movies, software to continue their economic growth, another evolution of the principal of theft, the basis of Communism.