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When it comes to "critical" opinion, I'm in the group that really enjoyed David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, SUICIDE SQUAD. In addition to the film itself being enjoyable in an almost-music-video kinda way, I really dug the soundtrack. It didn't fit the mold of what a superhero film usually receives, much less one from a universe typically known for sweeping cinematic scores. The fourth single from that record was "Gangsta" by Kehlani, used as a representation of the relationship between Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto). On this summer's PUNK GOES POP VOL. 7, New Years Day put their spin on the track, and now we've got an official video that finds Ash Costello channeling Harley, right down to an appearance of the classic suit straight out of Batman: The Animated Series. Check it out...

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"Fun and stylish - a comic book come to life" - that was how I described David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD last night, a one-liner delivered moments after leaving the theater from a Thursday night showing, responding to comments from Facebook friends who noticed my check-in. Contrary to what you might've heard from the increasingly humorless legion of online critics this past week, SUICIDE SQUAD is far from the dismal "mess" that some have chosen to label it - an entertaining film that marks the cinematic debut of many new characters into the DC Extended Universe, and a perfect bridge between Zack Snyder's recent BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and next year's JUSTICE LEAGUE. Browsing my feeds on both Facebook and Twitter late last night, it appears I'm not alone in my thoughts. What we have here is another prime example of the growing audience vs. critic rift, and a reminder that film (as with any of the arts) is subjective - that you should never pass up the opportunity to experience something simply because of a bad review (yes, even if it comes from me), and that what's "entertaining" will vary widely among viewers. My take is that SUICIDE SQUAD is a film that feels like a comic book, but in a different way than anything that either DC or MARVEL has put on the big screen in the past.

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After busting out trailers for WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE, the folks at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment added a third piece to their SDCC mix with their SUICIDE SQUAD Official Comic-Con Soundtrack Remix - a 3+ minute series of clips from the upcoming film set to a trio of songs from SUICIDE SQUAD: THE ALBUM. Check out the action below featuring "Heathens" by TWENTY ONE PILOTS, "Purple Lamborghini" by SKRILLEX & RICK ROSS and "Sucker For Pain" by LIL WAYNE, WIZ KHALIFA, IMAGINE DRAGON, LOGIC and TY DOLLA $IGN (featuring X AMBASSADORS). Bot the film and album will arrive on August 5, 2016.

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DC Super Hero Girls is pretty popular here at Rock Father HQ,  and one of the most popular students at Super Hero High is Harley Quinn. While she may have shed some of her villainous edge (grownups can see that in full glory when SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters this August) for the animated shorts and family-friendly adventures, she's still pretty feisty (and prank-happy), and in a new episode she's "gone viral" with a blog post that inspires "Harley Fever," and eventually her own convention... Harley-Con. Will the excitement go to her head? Of course it will! Check out the latest DC Super Hero Girls video below...

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It's been a few months since the first proper trailer for Warner Bros.' SUICIDE SQUAD arrived for consumption, and with the release of BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (reviewed here) now behind us, it's time to get audiences ready for what will be the next installment of the DC Extended Universe. I think the film looks great, but it's probably a good thing to start getting casual audiences primed for the fact that this is a film that exists in the same world as Ben Affleck's BATMAN and Henry Cavill's SUPERMAN... and we'll see more of Batman in this film, he being what most agreed was a highlight of BvS. While the last trailer rocked to QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody," this one pairs our anti-heroes with the music of SWEET's "Ballroom Blitz." Is there a music supervisor on this film that has the 1992 soundtrack to WAYNE's WORLD sitting around? If we get a Harley Quinn-centered trailer soundtracked to JIMI HENDRIX's "Foxy Lady," I think we'll have a definitive answer. Take a look...

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The DC Extended Universe is growing by a massive amount in 2016, and what follows the March release of Zack Snyder's BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is the August release of David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD. The villain team-up might come as a surprise to casual fans familiar with The Joker, but not the rest of the 'Squad, but tonight's official trailer debut should do wonders in introducing the concept to the world at large. Quite simply, it rocks, and the fact that QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody" serves as the soundtrack doesn't hurt. Probably the finest use since Wayne and Garth...

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