I figure that it can't hurt to give my opinion about the trailers of the upcoming DC movies, 'Batman Vs Superman - Dawn of Justice' and 'Suicide Squad'.
I'm enthused about the Dawn of Justice film on the whole, but there seemed to be so much going on that it starts to make me struggle to see it fitting comfortably into a 2 hour film, with three major heroes appearing who will need screen time and development, as well as setting out the world in the shadow of the events of 'Man of Steel'. But it isn't impossible in the hands of a good writer and a good director.
The casting seems good on the whole, Henry Cavill is a great Superman, and Ben Affleck looks like he might be a solid Batman ( fingers crossed for a good Batman voice ), while Gal Gadots Wonder Woman clearly looks the part ( with a decent looking costume and no silly wrist blades ) sadly we don't really see much of her. However, I'm not enthused about Jessie Eisenburgs Lex Luthor, but that is purely because i think Lex Luthor really should be an older, more established 'father of Metropolis' figure who seems benign and charming on the surface but is actually dimond hard and ruthless ( I stand by my opinion that Clancy Brown should have played an older Lex Luthor ), rather than some smugly charmless, creepy, rich whelp that Eisenburg will play with gusto.
As for how Superman and Batman come into conflict, Superman being mind controlled or even cloned are near the top of my guess list for Superman increasingly appearing like a threat that Batman has to take down. Anyhow, it looks good, although here's hoping it can lead to a brighter DC Heroes movie universe from the seemingly dark tones.
Speaking of dark tones, Suicide Squad, a movie about a collection of villains leaves me sort of enthused but also with mixed feelings, notably on Will Smith being Deadshot ( who is probably going to be the main character of the movie by the mid way mark once they kill off/injure Rick Flag ) while his costume is closer to the comics than i expected i doubt he will keep that mask on for very long. I'm a bit concerned Smith might take up more of the screen time than his character warrants ( also he's playing the Deadshot who has something to live for rather than the version who had a deathwish ).
The characters seem to either look in the spirit of the character or have been redesigned, the Enchantress has been altered a bit from her comic look into something almost akin to a bogwitch ( and i suspect she won't be as wittily snarky as she has been in the comics ), although Killer Croc looks near spot on to his original look from the 1980's, a big guy with a skin condition rather than a cross between Godzilla and the Hulk, which i think gives him the chance to display some personality. I have no idea who this El Diablo is ( i remember a good guy in the comics with the name but he had no powers ) so i suspect he is one of the teams 'redshirts' along with Slipknot, a villain i remember best in the comics because the much more formidable future member of the team, Duchess ( Duchess/Lashina - Two sides
) found him bleeding in a swamp after his arm was blown off. Katanna looks similar to her current incarnation, but she isn't a character i would expect to see in the Squad, but then again in the comics the superheroine Vixen was a member for a while.
I have to admit i'm a bit put out by the style of Joker and Harley Quinn. Mostly i feel Harley when out of costume should have the visual deception of looking like the near idealised girl next door, who seems perfectly sweet right up to when she whips out that hammer/baseball bat.... The extensive tattos mar that a little. Also i could not detect a sign of her distinct Brooklyn accent, which is a pity but that might change ( maybe ).. As for this version of the Joker, he looks kind of like a stand in for Marilyn Manson
. I guess as long as he gets a beating from Batman/Deadshot/Rick Flag/Killer Croc, or even Harley Quinn, i don't really care that much ( although he might just appear in flashbacks ).
Overall i think the films have a lot of promise given the material it has to play around with, and i'll definitely watch the two movies when i get a chance.