Suicide Squad (2016)
Tagline. This time, “the joke’s” on everyone.
Poster design. Planet Earth, being teabagged by what is assumed to be the Joker’s pale genitalia, with a smile drawn onto it, emerging from a pair of purple leather trousers. Tattooed on the side of the penis are the words “THE JOKE.” There is also an arrow, bearing the legend “This is you,” pointing at the Earth.
- Will Smith agreed to star in Suicide Squad as long as he remained “aggressively unaware” of the movie. He was paid $35 million for the use of his likeness as the full-CGI character “Deadshot.” A Will Smith impersonator provided the voice.
- Although the Joker (Jared Leto) has only four lines of dialogue, he is on screen for the full duration of the movie thanks to a small graphic overlay where a news station logo might normally be.
- Suicide Squad is the first movie to give a clothing store (Hot Topic) a screenwriting credit.
- There was talk of changing the Joker’s origin to show that he was an unwitting pawn of a hyper-intelligent anus which sang all of its dialogue operatically, but Jared Leto’s idea was shot down.
- Cast and crew alike complained that they all had difficulty working with — even reading — the shooting script. The 230-page script was written in red thread on red leather jeans. It was worn by executive producer Zach Snyder.
- Director David Ayer demanded that the 600-gallon tank in which the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) drowns her victims to be filled with real blood. Negotiators were able to talk Ayer down to urine.
- Following fan backlash, producers changed Margot Robbie’s character’s name back to “Harley Quinn.” The cast was called into post-production to dub over all instances of the name “Disco Titties.”
- In response to Ghostbusters (2016), DC’s early marketing sought to position Suicide Squad as a feminist movie, putting special emphasis on scenes where female characters chose to be murdered by the Joker.
- To soften the tone of the film, “Killer Croc” was renamed “Alleged Killer Croc.”
- Due to pressure on the MPAA, Suicide Squad is the first G-rated film to portray a decapitation at the moment of orgasm.
- The United Nations Headquarters does not have an “emergency roller coaster.”
- Continuity. The Joker’s lower back tattoo occasionally reads “BIGEST FART” instead of “BIGGEST FART.”
- Katana (Karen Fukuhara) wields a Scottish claymore for the entirety of Suicide Squad, repeatedly claiming that it is an “authentic Japanese weapon.” In the after-credits scene, as a nod to the audience, the claymore splits open to reveal it had always contained a katana. However, a Scottish claymore with a katana inside continues to not be an authentic Japanese weapon.
- Incorrectly regarded as mistake. Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) only appears in crocodile monster form briefly in his first scene, right before a government agent shoots him with a “decrocodilizing ray.” While this seems like it could have been a cost-saving measure to avoid doing makeup for the character, the government agent does say “this decrocodilizing ray will let you blend in, Croc.” Killer Croc is then absent for the rest of the movie.
- Equipment error. All characters load their firearms by pouring bullets into the muzzle.
- An object with the word “boomerang” written on it will not then act like a boomerang.
- A boomerang with the words “[character name]’s boomerang” written on it would not “return” to that character with lethal precision.
- A boomerang would not be eligible for the Purple Heart, not even “the biggest one ever made.”
- Credit confusion. The climactic signature line the Joker delivers before assassinating the President — “The Joker’s here to see ya, I’ll give ya diarrhea!” — was not ad-libbed, but in fact written by long-time Ayer collaborator Wesley Strick (Cape Fear).
- Harley Quinn invites the Joker into her cell for sex despite it being impossible to be aroused by Jared Leto’s Joker.
- It would take more bullets than were ever manufactured for Deadshot to “shoot the Earth back onto its axis.”
- Suicide Squad has no ending. The movie is still playing in the theater; audiences just all tend to leave around the same part.
Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). What we need is some kind of squad that answers to us, is completely expendable, and gives us full deniability.
Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). A squad prepared to kill themselves… to complete the mission.
Amanda Waller. Exactly. Exactly that, in a squad.
Rick Flag. Kill themselves… squad. We could call them the Suic —
MTV’s Are You The One’s Gio in an uncredited cameo. Hey, are you the ones making all that noise? Keep it down!
Deadshot. I made my daughter a promise. I promised never to commit suicide. If I join your squad, what does that say about me?
Harley Quinn. It’s not literally about suicide. It’s just called that because of how dangerous it is.
Deadshot. Whew, that makes me feel a lot better.
The Joker. Let old Joker put a smile on that sad face! A smile… of blood! (he holds up a dead raccoon with Christmas lights on it that spell the word “AIDS”) Aw… did the bad man scare you? What if I… go pee-pee on the Bible!
Government agent. You’ve gone too far, Joker! Stop!
The Joker. Uh oh! This clown needs to wipe up this mess… and this should do nicely… (he reaches for an American flag)
Government agent. I’m questioning everything!
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Synopsis. When Batman and Superman first meet, they don’t like each other so much that they have a fight.
Tagline. When Batman and Superman first meet, they don’t like each other so much that they have a fight.
- Ben Affleck wanted the role of Batman so badly that he asked director Zack Snyder to kill his parents. “I knew then that I had my Batman,” said Snyder, who had killed Affleck’s parents hours before for reasons unrelated to the movie.
- To prepare for the project, Snyder had an elective lobotomy which removed all memories of the characters Superman and Batman, then had them described to him by a 12-year-old diehard Marvel fan.
- While promoting the movie, Henry Cavill walked around Times Square wearing a Superman t-shirt. When no one seemed to recognize him, he offered this as proof that Clark Kent’s glasses would be enough of a disguise, even though the simpler explanation is that no one cares about Cavill as Superman.
- Director’s trademark: A woman spitting into a man’s mouth to indicate intimacy or trust.
- Six scale models of the Batmobile were built for practical effects shots. The models were 10:1, weighing 50,000 pounds each. A team of tractors was used to open the Batmobile’s 48-foot-tall door. A CGI Ben Affleck was then added to the shot.
- Director’s trademark: A character’s fist angrily striking a tabletop, crushing the fully dressed hot dog they were holding.
- BvS:DoJ marks the first time in DC Comics history that Superman uses the c-word. It is the first line of dialogue.
- Lois Lane does not have a HUD.
- The names “Perry White,” “J. Jonah Jameson,” “Daily Bugle” and “Daily Planet” are used interchangeably.
- In the scene where Superman searches the waterfront, Metropolis is visible across the bay from Metropolis.
- Perhaps in an attempt to update the characters for a modern audience, Batman mentions the “utility apps on [his] dashboard,” which is clearly just his utility belt.
- Superman is often referred to as a boat, apparent in the scene where Batman throws radioactive shards, and Superman “sustains minor hull damage.”
- Characters continually deliver lines and follow them with “and I’m talking to you, not them,” pointing at the character they are addressing. However, it is already commonly accepted that the audience is not being directly addressed by the people in a movie.
- Though the light from Krypton exploding would eventually reach Earth, Batman would not be able to see the death of Superman’s parents on the planet’s surface with the naked eye.
- It seems too convenient that Superman knew he could distract Batman during the climactic fight by pointing at Krypton and shouting “Look, more parents dying.”
- Wonder Woman’s “WW” chest symbol is upside-down.
Clark Kent. So this is Metropolis, the city I just moved to. And this must be the Daily Planet, where I’ll be working with Lois Lane.
Lois Lane. Say, you’re handsome for a new reporter. I’ll be giving you a handjob in the break room.
Clark Kent. (classic Christopher Reeve wink to camera, as a respectful nod to his legacy)
Batman. As long as vigilantes with abilities beyond those of normal people are allowed to operate in secrecy, there can never be a dawn of justice.
Lex Luthor. Poo poo coo coo. Bobo mo mo mo mo.
Superman. An extraordinary foe.
Bruce Wayne. So you must be the new reporter for the Metropolis newspaper. I’m from Gotham City but I had a building here that fell down.
Clark Kent. So that’s why you’re here and not there.
Bruce Wayne. I don’t like your attitude, Kent.
Clark Kent. Prepare to be murdered by Superman.
Wonder Woman. I’m here.
Superman. I kill for fun but think we should make some kind of a, you know. A league of adjudicators.
Batman. For justice. A league, you say?
Superman. Yeah, I like the sound of that… a Justice L —
Wonder Woman. (interrupting, looking into camera) To be continued.
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Jurassic World (2015)
Synopsis. John Hammond’s dream of a thriving dinosaur amusement park is finally and successfully realized, but a genetic contingency designed to take away the dinosaurs’ legs if they escape backfires, and instead gives the dinosaurs extra legs.
Tagline. They thought they didn’t have a leg to stand on. Now they’re legging it for their lives.
Social media promotion. “Tweet with hashtag #legday for a chance to win Chris Pratt’s 1998 Ford Taurus.”
- Jurassic World is the first film in the Jurassic Park franchise to be written by Fanfiction.net user SnapexMalfoy2039.
- Chris Pratt’s character’s name, “John Clevergirl,” is a reference to the original Jurassic Park (1993).
- Animators spent four months under the direction of Phil Tippett to compose the 200+ effects shots of the movie’s villain: a super-intelligent ultrasaurus leg with a knee-mounted surface-to-air missile launcher.
- This movie perhaps leans the hardest on the franchise’s “man vs. the natural order” subtext, as evidenced by the final line of dialogue, “That settles it. Science can only destroy.”
- This is director Colin Trevorrow’s first film, not counting his other movie.
- Continuity. A flashlight changes hands between shots during the scene where scientists discover a dead dilophosaur had been evolving rudimentary helicopter blades.
- An animal that is just “a wheel of legs” without a brain, digestive tract or internal organs would not be able to commandeer an emergency loudspeaker system.
- Incorrectly regarded as goof. Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) returns, a lawyer who was torn in half and eaten in the original Jurassic Park. A scene which was cut for time explains his survival — when asked about it, Gennaro replies “That was a long time ago.”
- Despite the similarity of the words, dinosaurs would not be attracted to dynamite.
- Chairwoman Beth Lifefindsaway (Bryce Dallas Howard) tells Clevergirl to have a seat across from her. When the camera angle changes, she is clearly the actress who played Victoria from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
- Technical error. When the movie ends, the credits cannot roll past the words “The End” which never fade out and leave the screen. The credits crowd and bunch up beneath, filling the screen with a jumble of white letters. In most theaters, there is an apology, and the credits are then read aloud by an usher.
Callbacks and Homages
- John Hammond Jr. greets investors by extending his toilet seat from its stall on hydraulic rails (The Lost World)
- The surface of the water in the toilet bowl ripples from a low bass sound (Jurassic Park)
- Every time Clevergirl is referred to by his last name (Jurassic Park)
- All the dinosaurs have sharp teeth (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Jurassic Park 3)
- The title Jurassic World contains the word “Jurassic” (Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park 3)
- Characters refer to elevators as ianmalcolms, as in the line “Hold the ianmalcolm for me, wouldja?” (Jurassic Park)
- A red vial is labeled “Grimlock DNA” (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
Security system AI. 5-LEGGED VELOCIRAPTOR NOT IDENTIFIED AS DINOSAUR. OPENING GATE.
John Clevergirl. Your T-rex has evolved enough legs to jump into low Earth orbit.
Scientist. My God.
Beth Lifefindsaway. We can escape to the Galaxy, my personal boat. It’s moored in Dock B.
John Clevergirl. If it’s the only way off the island, we might have a fight on our hands. Will the others make it back in time?
Beth Lifefindsaway. We might have to guard the ship until then. We’d have to act as guardians.
John Clevergirl. Guardians of the Galaxy. I like the sound of that.
T-Rex. (shrugs directly into camera)