Anti-heroes have ruled the roost in every cinema. They have been one of the most important tools of parallel, meaningful as well as mainstream commercial cinema and they have been ‘the’ most important theme element of the experimental cinema. They are best used to represent the discontent on social malaise.
The parallel and meaningful cinema like the ones made by Govind Nihalani or Shyam Benegal or many others in our country or like Steven Spielberg’s Oskar Schindler or Mario Puzo’s/Francis Ford Coppola’s Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone. The mainstream commercial cinema does in its trademark ‘masala’ ways like Khalnayak’s Sanjay Dutt or Ram Lakhan’s Anil Kapoor or Deewar’s Amitabh Bachchan or like the main protagonists movies like The Transporter series.
And now it is the turn of the anti-superheroes.
And the reason is – like the anti-heroes, the superheroes provide more options to develop the characters – there are more shades to show including plenty of greys and therefore more (and interesting plot elements).
Since almost of them are American imports (or exports), it is needless to explore or talk about any other cinema.
Suicide Squad is the latest offering in the series of the movies that started sometimes back. These movies have superheroes who are sort of supervillainous in their attitudes.
It all began, we can say with Hancock, as it is the movie that comes to your tongues initially. It introduced to us (on a mass scale) a superhero who had loads of grey shades in his character yet he was the hero because he ended up doing good things, punching and packing up the bad guys. Then there were many X Men movies who had characters with shades of grey who initially did bad things but then ended up doing the Good Samaritan jobs.
More recently, the trend seems to have picked up from Deadpool which did brilliant business. It is again an instalment in X Men series of films. It has a superhero owing his genesis to some scientific experiment gone horrible wrong but an experiment that gives him superhero abilities. He is foul mouthed and lives a life that cares for his personal sphere of life only. And the latest offering in the series is ‘Suicide Squad’.