Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham

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Brief Synopsis:
The very first Suicide Squad movie ever made (originally in everything but name), now trimmed to make it less cheesy and more worthy of being both called a proper Suicide Squad film and a spin-off of the Arkham videogames.
2014's "Batman: Assault on Arkham" only had that title because of marketing value, but it was in all aspects a Suicide Squad movie with Batman as the guest star. Born as a spin-off of the Arkham videogames, the result was neither here not there because the need was felt to add some elements that departed from the dark and serious tone of the games, such as a few attempts of being "artificially badass" via silly montages and dubstep, having Killer Frost and King Shark be improbable lovebirds, and getting a few bad one-liners here and there. This version removes that stuff (Frost and Shark will still bond, as the narrative demands it, but much more progressively and in a non-romantic way) and tries to get the tone closer to both the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games, and to a proper Suicide Squad story, which in my opinion should ideally play as "The Dirty Dozen in costumes" and not as some sophomoric idea of so-called coolness.
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- "Bring Her Back to Me" from the "Batman: Arkham City" soundtrack for the fight against the guards.
- "The Dark Knight" for the helicopter crash foley work.
Special Thanks:
Blueyoda, for forcing me to improve the edit inmensely through blood, sweat, and tears; and G1orkatsos for his Photoshop wizardry.
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Editing Details:
Sony Vegas Pro 13 for the main editing, Audacity to separate the audio into six .wav files and mux it back to .ac3, and Photoshop for the painful process of animating new credits and visuals frame by bloody frame. MkvToolNix for final .mkv creation.
Cuts and Additions:
- Added logo at the start.
- Cut Riddler's line "Riddle me this: why didn't I quit when I was ahead?"
- Cut cheesy roll call montage.
- Replaced title card with custom made one.
- Trimmed helicopter scene to remove a lot of dead space between the lines.
- Cut Frost laughing at Shark's "Do it and I'll bite it off" and them exchanging looks.
- Cut Frost's line "Good one... good shark".
- Cut sewer scene, due to Shark carrying Frost on his shoulder.
- Trimmed Penguin scene so he is no longer Jabba the Hutt eating like a pig. The big plate of raw fish is still unavoidably there but now it is implied to be part of the decoration.
- Cut dress-up scene.
- Sped up batarang bullet time.
- Cut shot of Batman not reacting at Harley dodging the batarang.
- Added "Heart rate: normal" text to the "bat-lie detector" to make it more prominent while removing the same smaller text from the right of the screen.
- Cut Killer Frost's ice pun and Boomerang's reply.
- Cut bullet time in Joker's cell.
- Cut Captain Boomerang's line "My goolies!"
- Cut King Shark's line "I hate Italian food".
- Cut the Squad walking down the hallway like rock stars.
- Cut King Shark's "USA! USA!"
- Replaced the generic and rather cartoony background music of the fight against the guards scene with "Bring Her Back to Me" (AKA the Mr. Freeze boss fight theme) from the "Batman: Arkham City" soundtrack.
- Cut Harley's explanation about having worked in Arkham as a psychiatrist and her bickering with Boomerang.
- Cut Frost's "Glad you made it".
- Cut Frost's "He knows how to turn off the bombs". It's information we already have.
- Cut Frost's tender-eyed closeup towards King Shark.
- Cut King Shark's line "Did we win?".
- Cut pause before "It's the electro-shock".
- Cut pause after"...fry your bombs"
- Cut Nigma pointing to "Black Spider" with his gun before shooting.
- Cut some frames of dead air at the end of Joker's "Yahtzee!"
- Trimmed Joker's reaction when confronted by Deadshot in the corridor, so the latter punches him faster.
- Added additional foley work to the helicopter crash.
- Trimmed Deadshot brutally beating the Joker. He may be pure evil, but he's physically frail in comparison, and such a brutal beating is excessive.
- Trimmed Gordon's last shot, muting his "Aaand I'm talking to myself. Again" line.
- Cut Amanda Waller's "bat-blog" line.
- Cut Deadshot saying "Bang" at the end. Now he just smiles.
- Customized end credits. Added faneditor credit with acknowledgements, kicked Kevin Conroy's name down from top billed to getting a special guest star "and" spot, and added Bill Finger as the co-creator of Batman to the end scroll.

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(Updated: September 11, 2021)
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From my understanding, this is an animated adaptation of a videogame and it does feel that way in its very straightforward plot and "missions" format. But what it lacks in originality it more than makes up with superb animation, interesting characters, funny dialog and awesome action scenes. Only 6 minutes were cut from this but having seen some of the original scenes, those 6 minutes change the overall tone of the movie, especially if you consider that Dwight also changed the dumb techno soundtrack with much better orchestral music that he probably took from some other Batman soundtrack.

It's also worth mentioning that Dwight added Bill Finger's name alongside Bob Kane's as co-creator of Batman in credits. This is something I'm sure Finger would have appreciated as he was robbed of the credit during his lifetime.

This was massively entertaining and clocking in at a tight 70 minutes, it's easily squeezable into a movie night. Strongly recommended.
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