"Fun and stylish - a comic book come to life" - that was how I described David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD last night, a one-liner delivered moments after leaving the theater from a Thursday night showing, responding to comments from Facebook friends who noticed my check-in. Contrary to what you might've heard from the increasingly humorless legion of online critics this past week, SUICIDE SQUAD is far from the dismal "mess" that some have chosen to label it - an entertaining film that marks the cinematic debut of many new characters into the DC Extended Universe, and a perfect bridge between Zack Snyder's recent BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and next year's JUSTICE LEAGUE. Browsing my feeds on both Facebook and Twitter late last night, it appears I'm not alone in my thoughts. What we have here is another prime example of the growing audience vs. critic rift, and a reminder that film (as with any of the arts) is subjective - that you should never pass up the opportunity to experience something simply because of a bad review (yes, even if it comes from me), and that what's "entertaining" will vary widely among viewers. My take is that SUICIDE SQUAD is a film that feels like a comic book, but in a different way than anything that either DC or MARVEL has put on the big screen in the past.
Okay, "officially" it's not a "trailer," but this "footage was prepared for the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016." As we know from year's past, it doesn't take long for horrible quality unauthorized footage to hit the web, and this year Warner Bros. is being proactive about it by sharing the first trailer footage from Zack Snyder's forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE with the masses, mere minutes after causing the infamous Hall H to erupt. I'm a lifelong "DC Kid," and I loved BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (review here), but as we all know, many thought the film was too heavy and/or too dark/serious. From this footage and some previous set reports, JUSTICE LEAGUE appears to have a much lighter tone, and again - I love what I'm seeing. The beauty of these timeless characters is that they work well under different direction and different storytelling conditions, and I do dig seeing Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) lighten up a bit as he puts a team together... OCEAN'S 11-style, while set to THE WHITE STRIPES' "Icky Thump." Check this out!
Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder. We have waited far too long for a WONDER WOMAN movie, but next year that wait comes to an end. Just-unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, the first trailer for Warner Bros.' WONDER WOMAN is stellar - it quite literally gave me goosebumps... twice. If you've seen BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, you may recall the groovy music that signaled Wonder Woman's official entry into the DC Extended Universe, and that theme is here. From director Patty Jenkins, WONDER WOMAN starring Gal Gadot, blazes into theaters on June 2, 2017. Take a look at the trailer below!
DC Super Hero Girls is pretty popular here at Rock Father HQ, and one of the most popular students at Super Hero High is Harley Quinn. While she may have shed some of her villainous edge (grownups can see that in full glory when SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters this August) for the animated shorts and family-friendly adventures, she's still pretty feisty (and prank-happy), and in a new episode she's "gone viral" with a blog post that inspires "Harley Fever," and eventually her own convention... Harley-Con. Will the excitement go to her head? Of course it will! Check out the latest DC Super Hero Girls video below...
When I first wrote about DC Super Hero Girls just over a year ago, I knew that the initiative would be something special - a long-overdue chance to fill some gaps in entertainment and play. As parents of two young girls, my wife and I have seen the little ones embrace iconic superheroes like Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Batgirl (along with their male counterparts) without really having anything substantial to back it up, quite unlike the multitude of other pop culture interests out there. These characters were underutilized to reach new generations, their stories and adventures scattered through un-unified worlds and mediums. DC Super Hero Girls changed all that, bringing together the female heroes and villains of the DC Universe into a new realm - placing them as High School-aged students learning their paths in life, but in a way relatable to younger kids. With an online animated series, books, toys and more, it's all been given purpose - a mission that DC's Diane Nelson described as "stories of empowerment, inspiration and optimism." First rolled-out exclusively to Target stores this Spring, DC Super Hero Girls toys and products will go out en masse starting in June, with the full collection of poseable action dolls and figures starting to hit the toy aisles of retailers everywhere. The folks at Mattel recently sent us the first wave of six action dolls to check out, and we're presenting them now in this edition of UNBOXED + PLAY!
Comic books are certainly a family affair, and when it comes to those for younger readers, the work of Chicago artist Art Baltazar comes to mind - particularly SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, TINY TITANS, and DC Comics SUPER-PETS. The latter recently spawned a new line of plush toys that are based on the lesser-known sidekicks of some Earth's mightiest heroes. Indeed, every Super Hero needs a Super Pet, and two of the newest plush releases are none other than Superman's (or Superboy, depending on continuity) trusty dog Krypto, and Shazam's cuddly bunny, Hoppy! DC Collectibles and I have teamed-up to give readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a chance to win one of two pairs of DC Comics Super-Pets Plush!