LAMB Trailer Club: Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

by Robert Zerbe · April 11, 2016 · Periodic Features, Trailer Club · 10 Comments

Welcome to the new LAMB feature where we breakdown big, new trailers…in the comments section! We’ve got a triple threat this morning with new trailers from Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Post your thoughts below and beware potential spoilery theories and opinions!

10 Responses to LAMB Trailer Club: Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

  1. thesquonk says:

    I’ve got to be honest, I’ve been quite underwhelmed by the two looks at Fantastic Beasts that we’ve had so far. There’s no stand out moment to either trailer. Now maybe that’s a good thing…since we’re always complaining about how trailers show too much. However, there’s been nothing to “hook” me on this one yet.

    • Robert Zerbe says:

      I agree about FB. I started writing my comment early and just finished it up, so I would have just weighed in on your comment first. But again, I think we’ll just have to see the film and get excited all over again. It’s a hard sell – it’s Harry Potter but it’s not Harry Potter – I think they mentioned Dumbledore as a way to tie it all together. I sort of wonder if we’ll be getting a weird prequel to what happens with Voldemort – sort of like how The Hobbit films became a prequel to what happened with Sauron? But I haven’t read the Hobbit or anything so that may have been in the books.

      • jaycluitt says:

        I agree there’s no “hook” here, but thinking back I can’t remember much of a hook to any of the Potter films either, yet I enjoy pretty much all of them (Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince kind of get muddled in my head, but apart from them I’m a fan). I like the time period, I’m interested to see what’ll happen, but I’m also wary because of how little we know. Then again, like Todd said, maybe that’s a good thing.

  2. Do I even have to rank these? It’s pretty clear right. Suicide Squad is my most anticipated film of 2016. I said that back in 2015 and it hasn’t changed. It is to a rock concert that Batman V Superman is to a esoteric Ska retrospective. Margot owns every scene she is in, El Diablo seems to be a sleeper standout in this and it actually got me to like Jai Courtney…miracle work.

    I’ve never been a Harry Potter fan. The appearance of Colin Farrell will likely get me to watch this since I think he’s an underrated performer. But in terms of excitement…I’m lukewarm.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was once a source for enjoyment and fun in my life. Now it is the equivalent of the pool of water in the bathroom stall of the nightclub you stumble into during a weekend bender after your girlfriend cheats on you with the cable repairman. That’s oddly specific. Let me try again. It is the medicine they give small kids to induce vomiting when they accidentally swallow something poisonous…what do they call that thing again…oh I remember…Ipecac. TMNT is the Ipecac of cinema for me…and to watch it would be an act of masochism.

    • Robert Zerbe says:

      I don’t think I’ll ever be able to resist a Turtles movie. They were really one of my first obsessions as a kid. I will say again this looks better than the first one, and that film was mostly harmless so here’s hoping.

    • jaycluitt says:

      The more I see of Suicide Squad, the more excited I am to see the rest of it. And I love how pretty much everything we’ve seen so far is mostly character and very general situation set-up, I’ve got no definite idea of what the actual main plot is. All I know is it comes out 2 days before my birthday, so I know what my plans are that weekend.

  3. Robert Zerbe says:

    Suicide Squad continues to look great. I like the referencing of Superman at the beginning. I also like the Joker’s laugh at the beginning, but I don’t like the weird logo turning that accompanies it? More great music. I wonder if the soundtrack will be any good? Margot Robbie has grown on me. Question though – is the Joker the threat of this movie? Or he’s maybe a third party who’s wreaking havoc throughout the film? Also, Is it me or does Batman look lean in this trailer? Like, it doesn’t look like the hulking Affleck from BvS? Overall, really stoked for this.

    I’m starting to get excited for Fantastic Beasts. I think the new time period really suits Rowling’s magical world – the “modern” HP films’ settings seem a bit trapped in the past anyway. I think this might be a case of trailers just aren’t really going to get me or anyone else that excited because it’s kind of a brand new world HP wise…we’re just going to have to see the film and go from there.

    Don’t have much to say about the Turtles. It looks better than the first one. I like that they seem to be going all out now with Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang. I got very hopeful that they had ditched Johnny Knoxville as Leo (I just don’t know why you’d cast the lead guy from Jackass as the even-headed leader of the Turtles). More than anything, that and Megan Fox are what I don’t like about these films.

  4. Elwood Jones says:

    Suicide Squad – So after killing my attention with their use of the most over used Queen song ever in the previous trailer, it seems they are continuing the campaign of tweaking the film to try and find it an audience. Really they should have left it at the first trailer and played the same kind of marketing game as “Force Awakens” but as we have continued to see WB / DC films can’t ever seem to hold their wad, leaving me to wonder what exactly is going to be left to see when this comes out?

    Visually I love the look of the film especially the aspects surrounding the Joker but is this all just going to be a lot of visual fluff to distract us from yet another hollow comic book movie?

    Currently the most interesting aspect is seeing if Will Smith can actually play a villain or not as currently he seems to be the less evil member of the group.

    Fantastic Beasts / TMNT – It’s summer schedule filler which the kids will turn out to see and critics will attempt to try and throw the same kind of criticism at that you would use for a prestige piece. These films are designed to be disposable cash cows, so to expect either to be a fulfilling experience is going to be redundant and this is seemingly only reinforced by these trailers. That being said I’m going to skip fantastic beasts as the whole Harry Potter work is just such a flaccid experience and one I’ve no got to look forward to hearing grown ass adult banging on about once more while being branded a f**king muggle for not wanting to drink the cool-aid.

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