Good Monday Morning, “How You Doin’?” What do you get when you assemble a cast of extremely vexing, narcissistic, neurotic sociopathic misfits together? The 90’s television show Friends of course. So naturally someone saw parallels between the beloved sitcom and the upcoming anti-hero film, Suicide Squad due in theatres on August 5th, and decided to create a charming and fitting mashup. It’s hard not to associate the Rembrandts snappy tune “I’ll Be There For You” as anything other than the Friends theme song, but with lyrics like:
“So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A.
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, but
I’ll be there for you…”
you can see the similarities to the much maligned comic. For those of you who aren’t fimiliar with the backstory of Suicide Squad, you’re not alone. Created in the Silver Age of comics in the early 1950’s as an alternative version of the Justice League, the troupe’s membership has changed frequently over the years. Officially referred to as “Task Force X”, the team is essentially comprised of a rogues gallery of supervillians and reprobates, all gifted in a particular and nefarious way. However those “gifts” are what led to their capture, courtesy of Batman, and eventual incarceration behind the cruel and unusual walls of Belle Reve, a super-max prison, housing criminals who pose the greatest threats to national security. Suprisingly, they are approached by the government and given the opportunity to volunteer for secret black-ops, high-risk missions in exchange for clemency or commuted sentences. Despite the egregious decision, the government is clear that if the mission goes awry, fails, or if the villain goes rogue or even actively disobeys their orders, the agency will disavow their existence and ultimatley terminate them. Greatest work release program ever, huh?
With nearly four months before the movie hits the big screen, I get a little more excited about the film each time a new trailer drops, largely because I can’t wait to see Jared Leto’s portrayal of The Joker. While I’m not all that impressed by Leto’s iteration, namely the tattoos, gold chains, and metal teeth grillz, it’s fascinating to see the award-winning actor completely lose his **** in the process over the role. It seems almost impossible now to move past Ledger’s haunting performance as Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, so Leto’s interpretation will either be the greatest version of the iconic villain we’ve ever seen or an epic dumpster fire. Either way, I’m all in, so follow Funkhouser for all your Suicide Squad updates. Now, “let’s put a smile on that face” and watch that trailer again.