3rd Aug - The 'Suicide Squad' European Premiere

August 3rd, 2016.

And so, for the third entry into DCs dull, dour, noisy and dark cinematic universe, we have the movie "Suicide Squad". Seriously, if the DC universe contains Superman, and Superman get his power from the sun.... how does he get any strength given it's seemingly dark at NOON in that world? Suicide Squad's marketing has been fantastic to date, but its tone looks similarly dark and nihilistic. Will it be worth it?

These and other questions will probably not be answered by this movie or its premiere.

Here's how it went down:

T-Minus 27hours. For most London premieres, there is either a list and/or wristband system in place. The earlier you can get there on the day of a premiere, the better your spot in the queue. However, sometimes (as with Batman v Superman and Captain America : Civil War) positions are 'granted' earier. The pigeons? They don't care about that.

T-Minus 27hours. For most London premieres, there is either a list and/or wristband system in place. The earlier you can get there on the day of a premiere, the better your spot in the queue. However, sometimes (as with Batman v Superman and Captain America : Civil War) positions are 'granted' earier. The pigeons? They don't care about that.

T-Minus 26 hours. In this case I had no idea that Suicide Squad's queue system started the day BEFORE the premiere. Accordingly, my number in the queue for the main (Red) pen turned out to be a quite dire #270-something. And I was LUCKY I happened to be passing by.

T-Minus 26 hours. In this case I had no idea that Suicide Squad's queue system started the day BEFORE the premiere. Accordingly, my number in the queue for the main (Red) pen turned out to be a quite dire #270-something. And I was LUCKY I happened to be passing by.

And then came the day of the premiere:

T-Minus 5 hours. "Cosplay? We have no idea what you're talking about. We're exchange traders on a lunch break."

T-Minus 5 hours. "Cosplay? We have no idea what you're talking about. We're exchange traders on a lunch break."

T-Minus 3 hours. My wristband #218 got me a spot near/opposite the stage in a position that fluctuated between 2nd and 4th row. But the GoPro on a Selfie Stick : that's a wide-angle gift that keeps on giving.

T-Minus 3 hours. My wristband #218 got me a spot near/opposite the stage in a position that fluctuated between 2nd and 4th row. But the GoPro on a Selfie Stick : that's a wide-angle gift that keeps on giving.

"Yoyoyoyoyo : Not a lot rhymes with Squad that's not also blasphemous : so I'm sending this out to Nod!". Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Suizides and DJ Squadz were there to warm up any part of the crowd not already warmed by the stage-mounted flame-throwers.

"Yoyoyoyoyo : Not a lot rhymes with Squad that's not also blasphemous : so I'm sending this out to Nod!". Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Suizides and DJ Squadz were there to warm up any part of the crowd not already warmed by the stage-mounted flame-throwers.

"We never talk anymore" "What do you mean? I'm texting you right now!"

"We never talk anymore"
"What do you mean? I'm texting you right now!"

"Are these worth anything on the secondary collectors market?"

"Are these worth anything on the secondary collectors market?"

Our first arrival (not pictured) was "visionary" "director" Zack Snyder, presumably in town filming the Justice League, a movie set in the same drizzly, dreary and perpetually depressing cinematic universe as the (surprisingly bright) Suicide Squad. Oh.... and this is WILL SMITH!!

Our first arrival (not pictured) was "visionary" "director" Zack Snyder, presumably in town filming the Justice League, a movie set in the same drizzly, dreary and perpetually depressing cinematic universe as the (surprisingly bright) Suicide Squad. Oh.... and this is WILL SMITH!!

The precise distance for a perfect air-kiss continues to elude me, personally, but Will Smith has it pretty much right. And Will Smith plays the character Deadshot in this film.

The precise distance for a perfect air-kiss continues to elude me, personally, but Will Smith has it pretty much right. And Will Smith plays the character Deadshot in this film.

"You want a sequel to After Earth? I've got more than enough clout to get that made, so don't be joking about that...."

"You want a sequel to After Earth? I've got more than enough clout to get that made, so don't be joking about that...."

"Australia's Own" Jai Courtney has made his presence felt in such "movies" as"A Good Day to Die Hard" and Terminytyr Gynysys (or whatever it was they called it) which haven't done much to showcase any talents he might have. And Suicide Squad has a Rottentomatoes score of 32/100 as I write this .... so..... uh....

"Australia's Own" Jai Courtney has made his presence felt in such "movies" as"A Good Day to Die Hard" and Terminytyr Gynysys (or whatever it was they called it) which haven't done much to showcase any talents he might have. And Suicide Squad has a Rottentomatoes score of 32/100 as I write this .... so..... uh....

"And showcasing the finest culture Australia is known for (or at least until Margot Robbie gets on stage) : it's Captain Kangaroo himself Jai Courtney!!!"

"And showcasing the finest culture Australia is known for (or at least until Margot Robbie gets on stage) : it's Captain Kangaroo himself Jai Courtney!!!"

"Wait... weren't you also in those Divergent films???" "My lawyer says I don't need to answer that question."

"Wait... weren't you also in those Divergent films???"
"My lawyer says I don't need to answer that question."

"My Mum didn't really want me to play a character called "Diablo" as she's quite religious. So I got them to make my character's name "Steve" on my shooting script..."

"My Mum didn't really want me to play a character called "Diablo" as she's quite religious. So I got them to make my character's name "Steve" on my shooting script..."

"And can you confirm or deny the Jai Courtney Running Around Naked On Set rumour we've been hearing about?" "I'd like to deny it please. Not because it didn't happen, but it'll make my rehabilitation process faster"

"And can you confirm or deny the Jai Courtney Running Around Naked On Set rumour we've been hearing about?"
"I'd like to deny it please. Not because it didn't happen, but it'll make my rehabilitation process faster"

"I don't care if you play a villainess in the film : oral hygiene is imporant, young lady!" - Karen Fukuhara plays the character 'Katana' in the film.

"I don't care if you play a villainess in the film : oral hygiene is imporant, young lady!" - Karen Fukuhara plays the character 'Katana' in the film.

"Grandma doesn't know my stylist and I stole her lace doily collection to make this dress, but she's usually in bed before six in the evening so I should be safe"

"Grandma doesn't know my stylist and I stole her lace doily collection to make this dress, but she's usually in bed before six in the evening so I should be safe"

"On that small screen you guys all look really small. Are you really that small??" - this premiere was somehow simulcast live to crowds in cinemas as far afield as Dubai, Kiev, Berlin and some place in the Netherlands that wasn't Amsterdam. I was, after all, paying a lot more attention to the dress.

"On that small screen you guys all look really small. Are you really that small??" - this premiere was somehow simulcast live to crowds in cinemas as far afield as Dubai, Kiev, Berlin and some place in the Netherlands that wasn't Amsterdam. I was, after all, paying a lot more attention to the dress.

"It's okay. You can keep that...."

"It's okay. You can keep that...."

"Hey aren't you --- ?" "Sorry, bro, can't stay or slow down just to hear you mangling my name" Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Killer Croc in this film, and to her credit the premiere's host Laura Whitmore had several correct attempts at it.

"Hey aren't you --- ?"
"Sorry, bro, can't stay or slow down just to hear you mangling my name"

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Killer Croc in this film, and to her credit the premiere's host Laura Whitmore had several correct attempts at it.

"We've checked for snipers but we can't really be sure we got all of them". Not only does Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have a spectacular name, but he's also accomplished what very few actors have managed : a named role in both a Marvel Comics film (he was in Thor The Dark World) AND a DC Comics film (this one). Whether Marvel is cool with that is not known.

"We've checked for snipers but we can't really be sure we got all of them". Not only does Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have a spectacular name, but he's also accomplished what very few actors have managed : a named role in both a Marvel Comics film (he was in Thor The Dark World) AND a DC Comics film (this one). Whether Marvel is cool with that is not known.

"I'm going to try to say Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's name one more time, then I'm going to call him by his equally awesome and considerably shorter nickname, 'Triple A'!!"

"I'm going to try to say Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's name one more time, then I'm going to call him by his equally awesome and considerably shorter nickname, 'Triple A'!!"

I'm going to be honest - much as I'm patriotically obliged to photograph the lovely Margot Robbie and the.... Jai Courtney; and much as I like Will Smith and respect Jared Leto... I'm really pleased to have finally photographed Cara Delevingne relatively well for once. My last attempt wasn't nearly as glamorous at the world premiere of "Pan" last year.

I'm going to be honest - much as I'm patriotically obliged to photograph the lovely Margot Robbie and the.... Jai Courtney; and much as I like Will Smith and respect Jared Leto... I'm really pleased to have finally photographed Cara Delevingne relatively well for once. My last attempt wasn't nearly as glamorous at the world premiere of "Pan" last year.

"My assistant on the right is going to be spending minutes pretending something's not right just so he can hang around Cara Delevingne creepily. I'm going to give him a couple more seconds before stepping in"

"My assistant on the right is going to be spending minutes pretending something's not right just so he can hang around Cara Delevingne creepily. I'm going to give him a couple more seconds before stepping in"

Telekinesis. It's real. And Cara Delevingne plays the role of Enchantress in this film.

Telekinesis. It's real. And Cara Delevingne plays the role of Enchantress in this film.

"Do I think it's problematic that I might have been hired just to be eye-candy in this film? Not at all, especially if you consider the alternative!"

"Do I think it's problematic that I might have been hired just to be eye-candy in this film? Not at all, especially if you consider the alternative!"

"And if any of you sleazy creeps think you can chat up Cara while she's on the pink carpet - think again. She's got an invisible baseball bat and possibly the power of telekinesis"

"And if any of you sleazy creeps think you can chat up Cara while she's on the pink carpet - think again. She's got an invisible baseball bat and possibly the power of telekinesis"

"Cara Delevingne wouldn't let me get this close to her. And you're really quite handsome". Joel Kinnaman, who is actually Norwegian actor Joel Nordström, plays 'Rick Flag' in the movie.

"Cara Delevingne wouldn't let me get this close to her. And you're really quite handsome". Joel Kinnaman, who is actually Norwegian actor Joel Nordström, plays 'Rick Flag' in the movie.

"Hey, weren't you also in 2014's Robocop Reboot??" "If you were one of the five or six people who watched that movie, then yeah"

"Hey, weren't you also in 2014's Robocop Reboot??"
"If you were one of the five or six people who watched that movie, then yeah"

It's Jared Leto! And suddenly I'm caught in the middle offour suddenly materialising Spanish people who are desperate to exchange heartfelt meaningful dialogue with the Oscar winner (in Spanish).

It's Jared Leto! And suddenly I'm caught in the middle offour suddenly materialising Spanish people who are desperate to exchange heartfelt meaningful dialogue with the Oscar winner (in Spanish).

"Hey Crazy Spanish People!!"

"Hey Crazy Spanish People!!"

"If you're aged under 10, don't watch this movie. Also, you should be in bed by now". I last photographed (and had A Moment with) Jared Leto a few years ago for "Dallas Buyers Club"

"If you're aged under 10, don't watch this movie. Also, you should be in bed by now". I last photographed (and had A Moment with) Jared Leto a few years ago for "Dallas Buyers Club"

"Yes, I was creepy and violent and scary on set because I stayed in character as The Joker throughout the filming. But at this premiere I'm in character as The Charming Jared Leto, and I'm nice"

"Yes, I was creepy and violent and scary on set because I stayed in character as The Joker throughout the filming. But at this premiere I'm in character as The Charming Jared Leto, and I'm nice"

"It's taking three of us right now to reapply your make up and fix your hair, but you'd totally be just as pretty without us, babe" - Margot Robbie, who I last photographed just weeks ago at the premiere of The Legend Of Tarzan, gets a quick beauty pitstop before heading for the stage

"It's taking three of us right now to reapply your make up and fix your hair, but you'd totally be just as pretty without us, babe" - Margot Robbie, who I last photographed just weeks ago at the premiere of The Legend Of Tarzan, gets a quick beauty pitstop before heading for the stage

"What do you mean 'Marvel have also built a cinematic universe'? Since WHEN???" - David Ayer directed the excellent Brad Pitt Tank Movie 'Fury', as well as this film.

"What do you mean 'Marvel have also built a cinematic universe'? Since WHEN???" - David Ayer directed the excellent Brad Pitt Tank Movie 'Fury', as well as this film.

"Well, yeah it's called 'Suicide Squad', but you could totally take your grandma to see this film. In fact we all insist you do."

"Well, yeah it's called 'Suicide Squad', but you could totally take your grandma to see this film. In fact we all insist you do."

"Stop looking at my eyes and check out my awesome top!!"

"Stop looking at my eyes and check out my awesome top!!"

"That guy over there said Legend of Tarzan gave him negative body self-image issues". Mainly because Alexander Skarsgard's abs have abs and I didn't know that was possible.

"That guy over there said Legend of Tarzan gave him negative body self-image issues". Mainly because Alexander Skarsgard's abs have abs and I didn't know that was possible.

The cast reunite on the main stage, suggest that London's fans are probably the best in the world. I think they might have cut the feed to Moscow and Berlin before saying that, though.

The cast reunite on the main stage, suggest that London's fans are probably the best in the world. I think they might have cut the feed to Moscow and Berlin before saying that, though.

"And we can't stress this enough : watch the movie. Or at least buy a ticket, it doesn't matter if you watch it or not once you've bought a ticket"

"And we can't stress this enough : watch the movie. Or at least buy a ticket, it doesn't matter if you watch it or not once you've bought a ticket"

"Jared's talking politics and Cara's doing some online shopping. But we can have a staredown if you want...." Two hours later and I'm still feeling woozy.

"Jared's talking politics and Cara's doing some online shopping. But we can have a staredown if you want...." Two hours later and I'm still feeling woozy.

And then Jai Courtney gave Cara Delevingne a piggy back into the cinema.... and there's a chance I might have been imagining that.

And then Jai Courtney gave Cara Delevingne a piggy back into the cinema.... and there's a chance I might have been imagining that.

So... that was kind of huge.... and actually surprisingly enjoyable despite the crowds and the wristband uncertainty!

And it's another entry into The Archive of Movie Premieres, where it can join its DC Comics predecessors 'Man of Steel' and 'Batman v Superman'.

Of course, the DCU is relatively young (and dull and brooding) whereas Marvel's Cinematic Universe is much better represented and brighter, with Thor, Thor the Dark World, Captain America Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America Civil War, The Avengers, and Avengers Age of Ultron.... I might get some sleep now.

 

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Until next time!