Harley Quinn is a fascinating subject. She’s deserving of her own movie, and I hope she gets one because I have a lot to say. For now though, let’s talk about Suicide Squad (spoilers will follow).
I wanted to come up with a witty opening for this, but Avengers: Age of Ultron may have stolen all of the witty one-liners. In the universe as directed by Joss Whedon, quipping is a superpower, and there is enough raw power in Ultron to make Thor look like just one of the guys. Even the Big Bad gets in on it, which is normally not something you expect a robot bent on destroying the world to do. Unless they’re cyborgs written by Russell T. Davies.
“But everyone knows the movies are full of crap. The truth is, it started with Blade, and ended with him,” the Narrator says as Blade: Trinity opens. “The rest of us were just along for the ride.” This can’t be more true. Why the hell are all these other shit heads in this movie?
Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith is the first half of a Star Wars epic. Together with The Sith War, it creates a twelve part voyage from Jedi Apprentice to a Sith Lord at the end of his days – or not. In fact, it takes the story backward, from a media perspective. Ignoring release dates, the saga of Darth Palpatine starts with a novel followed by six films and is wrapped up with a comic epilogue. The tale of Exar Kun starts with a twelve page comic epic, follows up with a cinematic video game about the aftermath of his war, and wraps up with a novel epilogue.
The Freedon Nadd Uprising is the third arc in the Tales of the Jedi series (keeping in mind that the two volumes about the Great Hyperspace War were published later) and it’s where a lot of things change. By the time this was made, Dark Lords of the Sith and The Sith War were in the pipeline, which means Tom Veitch had the opportunity to plan ahead and foreshadow in a way that wasn’t necessarily an option for Ulic Qel-Droma and the Beastriders of Onderon and The Saga of Nomi Sunrider.
If the shock of Ulic Qel-Droma and the Beastriders of Onderon was the presence of more than one Jedi one place, The Saga of Nomi Sunrider introduces another strange element, something that would remain out of place for film Jedi for years to come, that would to this day seem unusual for casual audiences to witness in a Jedi: a wife and child. Fans of the Expanded Universe would of course be familiar with this concept, but only in small cults or in post-Jedi orders.
When I wrote this review, I had no idea who David S. Goyer was, at least beyond the scope of Blade. Several of the points made here are made very interesting by the fact that as I was writing about Blade’s connection to Batman, a Goyer-scripted Batman film was being released on DVD.