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Suicide Squad: Has DC Gone Too Dark?

Here’s your first look at the cast of the forthcoming Suicide Squad, the third film in the developing DC Comics cinematic universe scheduled to follow next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Styled by director David Ayer as “The Dirty Dozen with supervillains,” Suicide Squad will feature a gallery of B-list rogues who most moviegoers have probably never heard of.

The big name characters are Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn, played by Jared Leto and Margot Robbie respectively. Deadshot, a lesser known Batman foil, will be played by Will Smith.

In the wake of Leto’s controversial reveal as a tattooed Joker, this new cast photo seems to confirm what might be termed a punk rock aesthetic. It’s certainly darker and less evocative of a comic book than the current run of Marvel films. From what we’ve seen so far, has it gone too dark?