Suicide Squad Analysis: El Diablo

Suicide Squad Analysis: El Diablo

With El Diablo and DC Comics, there are 3 renderings of him in this universe so it can get a little messy and complicated to explain. So I’m going to try my best and start in the beginning and hopefully get it right 😉

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El Diablo, first started out in the 1970’s in the All-Star Western comic starting in issue #2, where he is an old west hero, his real name was Lazurus Lane in this rendering. He is dressed in black with a red mask and has a pure black horse. El Diablo saved multiple people in this comic, including a woman giving birth to her child and an older gentleman.

El Diablo’s powers came when he got struck by lighting and was put in a coma. A Native American shaman called the “Wise Owl” cured him with a catch of giving him the curse of raising hell, in a way, with his fire powers this was revealed in the 2007’s comic Jonah Hex Volume 2 issue #11. During this version, the Wise Owl has been made into a trickster and bad person all around and not what a shaman would be.

This was the first version of  El Diablo.

Another El Diablo named Rafael Sandoval who appeared in Secret Origins volume 2. #45, was a Texas councilmen who seeks justice as a vigilante. When he was growing his father was killed in an unjust construction accident and the man responsible got away with it. When he got older he became a lawyer and returned to his hometown to become a councilman but people keep stopping him from seeking justice. In his career as councilmen there were many arsons that he couldn’t prevent or get justice for but as El Diablo, he could.

Rafael Sandoval as “El Diablo”

Another rendering of El Diablo is Chato Santana and the newest one also, and the one I think the directors got their inspiration from for the Suicide Squad movie. In this version of El Diablo he was in the hospital paralyzed and was a gang member, next to him, was nonetheless Lazurus Lane. A while later Santana’s gang “friends” come in and shut him up and Santana is in the spirit world with El Diablo who is looking for a new host, so to cheat death Santana becomes El Diablo.

The old west El Diablo is still around, though, not seen as much even though with a different backstory and different everything then the new El Diablo that is Chato Santana which is the face of the Suicide Squad comics, which is why the directors choose him.

Chato Santana as El Diablo

The difference between Santana and the movie version of him is that he didn’t kill his wife and kid, instead he was seeking revenge on the gang members that tried to kill him by shooting him in the back and paralyzing him (which is how he became El Diablo), he is burning down a house that belongs to him but he soon realizes it has women and children. Like Suicide Squad he turns himself over to the police, he is given the death penalty, this is where Amanda Waller finds him and how he starts in Suicide Squad.

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Suicide Squad Analysis: Deadshot

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~Spoiler Alert of Deadshot Comics mainly between 1950-2011 and some after 2011 but not as many after 2011, I’ll warn people when there is a spoiler of the 2011~

Suicide Squad Analysis: Deadshot

Deadshot first appears in June 1950 in Batman #49 which began in the 1940’s, he is wearing a trench coat and top hat in this first edition, he also offers his help to the police acting as a crime fighter while trying to kill Batman, it takes a while but Batman makes him lose his confidence in his shooting abilities and makes him confess. It was also revealed his name is Floyd Lawton.
Deadshot was shown in more Batman related comics and, also a show, it is also revealed in the Deadshot 1988 edition that Deadshot got out of jail and redid his costume to the one we see today, he went after Batman then, this is also a early version of Suicide Squad, the only well known character from the movie is Amanda Waller.

In the 1988 version he has a son instead of a daughter, in these issues the son was kidnapped by his own mother in the end his son died. In this comic it is also revealed that he had a therapist named Marnie Herrs who really cared for him and at one point in the comment he cared for her but after his son died he didn’t feel worthy of being cared for

Other volumes Deadshot was featured in was the Secret Six volume 1 and 2 series, Batman: Cacophony (breaking into Arkham to kill Joker), and there was also a 2005 volume of Deadshot, there are more to list because in this time there are parts of the Suicide Squad that goes including teammates like Waller, Rick Flag, and others. Thoug, all these facts are kind of irreverent because DC relaunched Deadshot in 2011, changing his origin story and other factors of this character. Since DC’s rebirth in 2016, it has relaunched mostly all comics making most comic readers not too happy.

Deadshot 1950-2011

(Spoilers for 2013 edition of The Justice League of America: Deadshot 7.1)

In a 2013 edition of The Justice League a new origin story for Deadshot is revealed. Deadshot’s name is still Floyd Layton but his family was killed in an “accident” when a shooting in the apartment near his family happens and there were sixty some bullets and stray bullets killed all of his family but none hit him only his book, he was now on a revenge streak and learned as a kid to shoot and vowed to killed the people who killed his family. He vowed never to miss, never not to get paid and never not to kill without a purpose. From then Deadshot was made.

In the Suicide Squad comics Deadshot is one of the most valued members, he gets the job done no matter what, though, he is very loyal to the people he cares about and his team members. Deadshot cares for Harley also, he can tell that Joker isn’t treating her right and tries to steer her onto a better path.

Suicide Squad

Unlike the movie, Deadshot is white, his suit is more mechanical and has more gadgets, he can practically fly and has a bit better morals I would say. It was revealed in the special features of Suicide Squad the movie that they went off of some of the older comics, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense since Suicide Squad as a whole got rebooted in 2016 like most DC comics as I said. They used the post 2011 Deadshot costume also because after 2011 Deadshot’s costume was more armor then a “fabric mask” like in the old comics, Deadshot’s new costume was more “Iron Man” style then masked shooter.

When Deadshot got rebooted he has two daughters Suchin Lawton and Zoe Lawton, though, he did have a deceased brother named Edward Lawton which is a throwback to the old comics to Deadshot dead son Edward “Eddie” Lawton. He does have a daughter in the post 2011 comics but it isn’t known for a while, so the directors either took the 2011 edition (which I believe so because her name was Zoe in the movie) and just mashed bits and pieces together.

Altogether, I believe that the directors of Suicide Squad took bits and pieces from the comics and put it in where they liked it instead of staying true to the comics. Yes, Deadshot never misses but it isn’t revealed why. He has a daughter named Zoe, that’s correct but its pulled from one piece of the comic universe, his suit is pieced from the post reboot more then the newer DC reboot. I love Will Smith and all but Deadshot would have been better with an actor like the one who played Flag or someone similar, though, Will Smith did nail Deadshot’s personality, it is very well done.


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Five Fandom Friday: Favorite Droids

Well to tell you guys the truth, I’m not a HUGE Star Wars fan but I know the droids kind of well but I have a couple surprising ones on my list that I think should count that are not Star Wars related!

These Droids are in no particular order, it’s just to show some love to these loveable robots.

  1. WALL-E

So does WALL-E classify as a droid? Well a droid by definition is a:

Droids, short for androids, or also called robots, were mechanical beings, often possessing artificial intelligence.

So I think this loveable robot from Disney’s movie named after this little guy counts as a droid, he certainly has artifical intelligence and is defiantly a robot.

Okay, maybe not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to space ships and other advanced technology, maybe not as smart as his girlfriend EVE with this stuff, but he has been stranded on earth for years with no technology like this. WALL-E has a huge heart though and is a loveable little robot nonetheless.

2. Rosie The Robot

Now, this robot dates back to the 1962 series The Jetsons. She is a lovable house maid for the Jetson’s but is also a robot.  She is more of a “humanoid” than an “android” but a droid nonetheless.

A humanoid robot is:

a robot with its body shape built to resemble the human body. The design may be for functional purposes, such as interacting with human tools and environments, for experimental purposes, such as the study of bipedal locomotion, or for other purposes. In general, humanoid robots have a torso, a head, two arms, and two legs, though some forms of humanoid robots may model only part of the body, for example, from the waist up.

So, Star Wars C-3PO could count as a humanoid being built to look like a human and function as a translator.

When I was younger I used to watch The Jetsons on Boomerang along with Tom and Jerry and other shows. I always remembered wishing I would have a robot like Rosie when I got older because she was so kind and also funny.

3.BB-8

Now we are heading to the great beyond to this bundle of cuteness named BB-8 from the new movie The Force Awakens. I got to admit this is one of the cutest little robots I have seen in film and I have fallen head over heels for him.

BB-8 is defiantly one of my favorites and will always be.

But the next two will never be beat….

4. R2-D2 and C-3PO

I know, I know, this duo is over done but I can’t get enough of these two. Ever since I started watching Star Wars when I was younger I loved them to death. I love BB-8 but these two will remain forever in my heart.

5. Battle Droids

I choose this one because I enjoy the humor they have in the Clone Wars cartoon series. They are just endless little workers trying to survive and their humor is just short and they are hilariously fun to watch.

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Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn and Joker

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Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn and Joker


After watching many videos and reading quite a few articles on this movie, between the split between the comic world and the movie, then the cut scenes and how Harley and Joker’s relationship should have been portrayed, there are many parts to discuss, which I will do over several articles.

First Subject:

  1. Joker and Harley Quinn’s Relationship

First, my opinion Joker’s and Harley Quinn’s relationship is that it is abusive in general. Harley Quinn in my opinion, has Stockholm Syndrome for Joker, a love in her mind that is real but is sick and twisted which contains mental and physical abuse. They portray her in the comics as something broken, she keeps coming back for more but in reality, it is a mental illness. Joker is abusive, Harley is just as dangerous as Joker but not as abusive.

Harley Quinn made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series in 1993 while Joker came before Harley decades earlier. She captured the minds and hearts alike of her fans with her broken appearance and how she was Joker’s love. In a later addition, she made an appearance in a comic named The Batman Adventure’s: Mad Love in 1994, showcasing how she was Joker’s therapist (like in the movie) turned co-conspirator.

The Batman Adventures: Mad Love

In The Batman Adventure’s: Mad Love you really learn who Harley Quinn is and see some of Joker’s abuse toward her. Harleen Quinzel had an abusive father and Joker got to her this way by telling a story of how he had an abusive father (in their first session) and made them connect on a deeper psychological level and made her feel for him. Then he described himself as the victim of Batman’s “schemes” and tied his “childhood” abuse to that and Harleeen thought he was a tortured man caught up in the wrong places.

Near the end of the comic, when Harleen is transformed into Harley Quinn for some time she has had Batman captured but to get away Batman convinces her to call Joker who rushes over and gets angry, he hits her and throws her out a window and left her for dead. Batman even admits that Harley had him better tied up then Joker ever has and that his ego got in the way.

Joker yelling at Harley

Going on with the comics, in the Suicide Squad comics, the abuse continues. In one situation Joker hangs Harley on a wall where there are other “Harley’s” in the room showing his demented and twisted views of her.

In the iconic toxic waste scene in the movie Harley jumps in voluntarily, but in the comics (at least the 2011 edition), she is pushed in by Joker and is screaming falling in before being taunted by him with it, it is issue #15.

Issue #15
Suicide Squad 2011

These are only two of many parts in the Suicide Squad comics of their abusive relationship, Joker has been verbally abusive and also tried to shoot Harley.

In the Suicide Squad movie the abuse was more subtle than the comics and didn’t show the extent of how the relationship really is. In Suicide Squad (the movie) Joker keeps trying to rescue Harley out of the prison and get back his “love” when (as I have pointed out) in the comics he has tried to kill her, left her for dead (like in the movie in the drowning car), and insulted her. Joker probably would not have gone to these lengths in the comics or gone crazy about it, he probably would have left her there.

Harleen Quinzeel and Joker in the Suicide Squad Movie

In the movie there is a deleted where Joker supposedly tries to kill Harley in the helicopter scene which does show that the directors were debating with the extent of the abuse in the movie; below I have put a video of the most recent deleted scenes with Joker and sometimes Harley that would have showed their relationship more. Even though it is toned down, there is still evidence of the relationships abuse. Trying not to put too much on screen light on it was the Directors idea to not do so much violence and abuse, though, fan says it romanticized Harley and Joker’s relationship, which I agree.

What are your thoughts? Is it too subtle in the movie? Did they romanticize a relationship that is full of abuse?


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Boycotting Doctor Strange -Updated-

Boycotting Doctor Strange

There was controversy when “The Ancient One” was casted as a white female in the 2016-17 Marvel movie “Doctor Strange” instead of a Tibetan male. I am not an avid comic reader so maybe I shouldn’t be speaking but I think someone should say that is a very good reason why the movie was boycotted, even if they’re not a comic book reader.

Why do I say this?

Not casting “The Ancient One” as a Tibetan male may have been a good call, the reason behind this, explained below, has good reasoning. Casting a strong female lead instead shows that the film industry is going toward helping women in film.

The reason I have read for not casting a Tibetan male was to not insult the Chinese government. The Chinese Government would be insulted because of their affairs with the Tibetan culture. They are one of the reasons they are going off the map. Is it the US Film Industry right to poke their business into that affair? Not really. Is this a huge deal? Yes. Is it a good reason for not casting and not pissing off billions of people? Probably.

Saying this, this feud has been going on for decades, so once again the film industry doesn’t really have a right to stick their nose in the business of two cultures who have a feud that has been lasting decades:

Prior to China’s invasion in 1950, Tibet maintained a unique culture, religion and language for centuries.
Today, this culture is under threat from mass Chinese immigration and the strict control of all expressions of Tibetan culture and national identity.Tibet History and Culture

Here is a video on the the extinction of the culture: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week29/joanna-lumleys-trans-siberian-adventure

Tibetan culture was developed under both internal and external factors, cultural influence of the neighboring countries also played an important role in the development of Tibetan culture, including Nepal, India and Bhutan in the south and west, China and Mongol in the north and east. Later in the 7th and 8th century, introduction of the Buddhism from its origin country India had exerted a deep influence over the whole plateau, since then Buddhism became indispensable part of the Tibetan culture. Tibetan Culture and Tradition

One cultural factor of Tibetan people.

Now, Tibetan culture is also said to be derived from Indian Culture:

Tibetans have traditionally considered their ancestors to be of Indian ancestry. According to popular belief, an ancient king named Rupati was also military commander of the Kaurava army. Rupati led his soldiers in a war against the Pandavas. After suffering defeat, the king fled to the northeast and established Tibet. This myth is based on the writings of an ancient Indian scholar who described the flight of Rupati approximately one hundred years after the death of Buddha (Shakabpa 5).
A second origin myth asserts that Tibetan people descended from a male monkey. The monkey, an incarnate of the “Compassionate Spirit” deity Avalokitesvara, met and married a mountain ogress. Eventually, Avalokitesvara and the mountain ogress proudced six offspring. The “hybrid monkeys” resembled Avalokitesvara. Over time, the Tibetan descendants of these six offspring gradually lost any remaining animal features. Tibetan people trace certain characteristics of modern humans to Avalokitesvara and the mountain ogress. People who are “merciful, intelligent, [. . .] sensitive and do not talk more than necesary” inherited such traits from Avalokitesvara. Meanwhile, those Tibetans that are “red-faced, fond of sinful pursuits, and very stuboorn” resemble the mountain ogress (Shakabpa 5). Adherents to the monkey origin myth rely on ancient documents discovered in a Lhasa temple by Atisha, an Indian scholar. The myth documents claimed to have been written “according to tradition during the reign of Songsten Gampo in the seventh century” by a scholar named Shankara Pati.Tibet Enviroment

This culture goes back many decades and has many more problems then being in a movie (as someone else said), one of which is staying a relevant culture. I think casting a women instead of a Tibetan man was probably a smart choice because it could start a feud between the US and China due to the already feuding between the Tibet and China which is a cultural feud which we have no place in getting into.

Is it wrong that “The Ancient One” is not a Tibetan Male?

In some ways, yes.

Was it a smart move?

Yes.

Also, a thanks goes out to people educating me on the Tibetan Culture. It is a very deep culture and should be well respected.

 

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Doctor Strange (2017) Review

Doctor Strange

Plot and Storyline: 5 Stars
Character depth: 5 Stars
Effects: 5 Stars
All together: 5 Stars

 


I immensely enjoyed this movie after waiting four – six months to see it, having to wait for it to come out on DVD to rent it and seeing the trailers before it came out in theaters. I love Marvel films and Doctor Strange was defiantly not a film not to like.

Benedict Cumberbatch is also one of my favorite actors, I enjoy him in Sherlock, The Imitation Game and he was also in Star Trek: Into The Darkness. In this move Benedict reminded me a lot of Sherlock in the beginning with his sarcastic, know it all attitude, especially telling the other surgeon to cover up his watch, when in Sherlock he tells Anderson and a lot of people to quit moving, breathing, etc. and there are other little odds and ends that remind me of his role as Sherlock.

One thing I really liked about this movie is the spirituality base that is put into it which is loosely based on different beliefs because Astral Projection goes back many years and is widely practiced. It is widely believed that you can see oneself when sleeping or project oneself outward when meditating or in a deep sleep but it is one’s spirit and you are in the land of the spirits. You can’t cross dimensions with your astral projection like Doctor Strange did but it is still been around for a long time.

Other pieces like other dimensions is widely believed also, like the spiritual plane of course. I’m not sure about the glass dimension but mirrors have been said to be links to other dimensions so this is where they could of have gotten that from.

All in all, without giving away what the whole movie is about it is really intriguing and leaves you in the end with a “Oh my gosh” reaction and of course the “end clip” leaves with a double omg. The movie keeps you interested the whole way through and is defiantly not one to disappoint.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

I adored this movie, it brought back my child, no Hogwarts but nonetheless, there was magic and it was amazing. It was based in New York and there were new terms and new faces.

Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne did a fabulous job portraying the loving, goofy, lovable wizard that JK Rowling made for us. Katherine Waterston did an also fabulous job at portraying the new character Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein.

Newt first meets a muggle or “No-Maj” in the US portrayed by Dan Folger and he gets a hold of Newt’s case. Newt befriends him later after some events. Later, these three heroines try and capture Newt’s escaped “creatures” that have gone off into New York, while a new one is the uprising.

  • Do I recommend this film for young children?
    • Not really because of one scene *SPOILER* Newt and Tina were tried to be put to death and also they are scenes of abuse.
    • It is not like the other Harry Potter movies, it has more adult themes, not sexual, but “real life” themes like abuse, law, and how magic was not wanted in the 60’s.

 

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