Sick of hearing about "Suicide Squad" yet? That's probably because everyone and their grandmother won't shut up about it on social media. But too bad — they're probably not going to stop anytime soon.
According to data provided to Deadline by ComScore PreAct, a social media analyzing tool, the DC super villain team-up was the most talked about film online last week (June 17 to June 23). It even beat out even "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which in an earlier Fandango survey had been deemed the most anticipated movie of 2016. Not anymore, I guess, huh?
It's no surprise that many of the films listed here are upcoming summer releases, or are continuations of successful franchises due to be released this year. The notable exceptions are "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children," an adaptation of a popular YA novel that's coming out in September, and 2017's "Power Rangers," which saw a huge uptick in interest thanks to the recent casting news that Bryan Cranson would play Zordon.
Also interesting to note is that five of the ten most anticipated movies on this list prominently feature women, either as the center focal point of their marketing or as actual protagonists — Harley Quinn for "Suicide Squad," Jyn Erso for "Rogue One," Miss Peregrine in "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children," Sophie in "The BFG," and the new "Ghostbusters."
Might we see another small increase in the amount of female protagonists this year, just like we did in 2015? Odds are it'll still be nowhere close to equal — only 22 of the top 100 grossing films in 2015 had female protagonists, after all — but this small sample of movies people are excited about right now certainly gives me hope.
One thing's for sure, at the very least: Regardless of how women in film are represented this year, Harley Quinn is about to become a superstar.
"Suicide Squad" hits theaters August 5.