Suicide Squad: The Class-Conscious Blockbuster Nobody Expected

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Suicide Squad (2016) | Written and Directed by David Ayer | 123 min.

Spoilers ahead.

“On this Earth, every act is a political act.”
– Andrew Sullivan, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

In the post-9/11 era, superheroes have changed. They’ve always represented power, but the source of that power has shifted. In the early 2000s, Spider-Man struggled with the personal responsibility that came with his great power, and the X-Men struggled against a government that hated and feared them. In the mid-to-late 2000s, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer turned Batman into a representative of the Bush Administration—defending illegal extradition and wiretapping due to the clear and present danger of the Joker—and pitting Bruce Wayne, billionaire playboy socialite and son of privilege against Bane—a cynical proletarian revolutionary that mixes Occupy Wall Street with the Reign of Terror.

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The Smug Film Podcast Will Return Sept. 12th!

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Hey y’all, the Smug Film podcast is going away for a month so that we can plan out and record some of our more meaty, research-heavy episodes, which we haven’t had the time to do for a while. Have a lovely August, and we look forward to seeing you again in September!

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Smug Film Podcast Episode #88 – Hectic Knife / Greg DeLiso / Peter Litvin / Troma (8/1/16)

Episode 881:04:36 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, Cody Clarke is joined by Greg DeLiso and Peter Litvin mere hours before the premiere of their Troma film, Hectic Knife! Plus, a brand new Robot Reenactment!

If you have a question or comment that you’d like answered/played on the show, call our voicemail box at 718-395-9711, and be sure to leave your name as well!

And, if you haven’t already, head on over to our Patreon, where we’ve got a bunch of great rewards for listeners who donate to the show. Donating one dollar a month gets you a bonus mini-episode of the show in your inbox every Monday! These special episodes will never be available on iTunes or SmugFilm.com or anywhere else. The only way to hear them is by donating. And we’ve got a bunch of other great rewards too on there too, so check it out today!
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Smug Film Podcast Episode #87 – Carl Garcia / Star Trek Beyond / Justice League / Wonder Woman (7/25/16)

Episode 8756:06 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, Cody Clarke is joined live via Skype by Carl Garcia for a rousing discussion about Star Trek Beyond, the new Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers, and much more! Plus, Carl Garcia has a bone to pick with John D’Amico! And of course, a brand new Robot Reenactment!

If you have a question or comment that you’d like answered/played on the show, call our voicemail box at 718-395-9711, and be sure to leave your name as well!

And, if you haven’t already, head on over to our Patreon, where we’ve got a bunch of great rewards for listeners who donate to the show. Donating one dollar a month gets you a bonus mini-episode of the show in your inbox every Monday! These special episodes will never be available on iTunes or SmugFilm.com or anywhere else. The only way to hear them is by donating. And we’ve got a bunch of other great rewards too on there too, so check it out today!
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Cody Clarke v ‘Batman v Superman’

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Directed by Zack Snyder
Written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer
182 min. (‘Ultimate Edition’)
151 min. (Theatrical)

Very mild spoilers ahead.

I had no interest in this movie until the bad reviews started rolling in, and rolling in hard. My favorite Batman movie has an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, so a new one sitting comfortably at 27% with critics seemed like it could be way up my alley.

But then, audiences started digging it. (To date, it currently sits at 65% with them.) And that didn’t bode well. ‘Divisive’ is not what I look for in a superhero movie—‘universally-panned’ is. This formula doesn’t always work out—Catwoman really is that bad—but it has lead me to some gems, such as the modern body horror masterpiece Fantastic Four from last year; Shaquille O’Neal’s charming, homegrown-vibed Steel; and of course, the afore-alluded to Batman & Robin, which I loved when I saw as a kid, then instantly hated on after I left the theater because everyone else was hating on it, then finally re-watched a year ago and realized that my initial assessment of it as great was spot-on and I never should’ve kowtowed to something as philistinic as popular opinion.

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