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The newest trailer for WB’s SUICIDE SQUAD has finally graced us with its presence and I was planning on doing something along the lines of what we did for the last couple of big trailers by breaking down the shots and seeing what secrets are held within…

But we’re not going to do that.

Here is the new trailer:

The new trailer is definitely a step-up in action and humor than the moody footage we saw released after Comic-Con last year, but it appears to have further driven a wedge between itself and its female fan-base.

I’m not going to lie to you and say that seeing Margot Robbie in a tight t-shirt and barely there cut-offs isn’t something that I’m interested in, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the appropriate way to portray a character with fans in both genders.

After watching the trailer I asked a few of my most intelligent and thoughtful friends, some of whom are men and some of whom are women, what they thought of the trailer and the project as a whole. The men found the trailer to look really fun and really felt that it hammered home that this is the DC Film that they have been waiting for. The women felt dismissed and repulsed by the choices that were shown in the trailer and the promotional materials. They felt like the women were there for the male gaze and not visa versa. I explained the women’s point-of-view to the men and their reactions ranged from “Huh, I didn’t really see it that way” to “No, it’s fine. Maybe this isn’t for them.” I then presented those opinions to the women and they said “Come on.”

This isn’t the first time that women have been vocal about their displeasure with this movie and it’s treatment of women. The wonderful writers at HitFix have found issues with this as well. They spoke out about Enchantresses costume back in October and just now about the new trailer.

It’s hard to be a man and say that women are wrong and that these female characters aren’t being over-sexualized. Even worse is when we acknowledge that they are being over-sexualized and think that it is okay. Why are we the arbiters of what is considered tasteful and tasteless? Is it possible that we might not be entitled to these opinions when it is we who are being catered to with that over-sexualization?

The filmmakers clearly want to make this something cool. The friends that I spoke to who had this opinion are big fans of Harley Quinn. They immediately cited her actual origin story, their favorite moments of her in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and her overall presence in the DC canon. They feel like they are being excluded from a party that they very much want to be apart of. That isn’t cool.

Rather than be progressive and make this an inclusive event for all types of fans, the brilliant people making this movie seem to be fine with having regressed back to a time when Halle Berry was dressed up like this:

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To quote the ending tagline from the trailer: Worst. Heroes. Ever.

 

 

 

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