Must Watch: First Full Trailer for Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

May 9, 2012
Source: Apple

Gangster Squad

We've seen a couple cool photos from Ruben Fleischer's (Zombieland) period drama Gangster Squad that boasts an impressive cast including Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Bryan Cranston, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and more. But now the real meat and potatoes have arrived with the first trailer for the film which follows a vigilante police force that fought the gangsters of the 40's and 50's in Los Angeles on their own terms. Sometimes Penn looks a bit like a Dick Tracy villain, but this flick looks amazing and likely a great stride for Fleischer as a director. Watch!

Here's the first trailer for Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad, available in high def from Apple:

The LAPD fights to keep the East Coast Mafia, run by Mickey Cohen, out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. Gangster Squad is being directed by Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) from a screenplay written by Will Beall ("Castle"), based on Paul Lieberman's book. The cast includes Sean Penn as mobster Mickey Cohen, along with Brolin, Gosling, Peña, Patrick, Mackie, plus Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Frank Grillo and Mireille Enos. Quite an awesome cast. The film shot late last year around Los Angeles, and Warner Bros will send the film to theaters sometime later this fall. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 68 Comments


Looks great despite the terrible and completely out of place/setting music towards the end. 

Derek D on May 9, 2012


We should be lucky they didnt use dubstep 😉

Buzzfunk on May 9, 2012


 Pretty obvious who they are marketing to with that music...

Kamish on May 10, 2012


And who might that be?

Kels on May 10, 2012


Hip Hop Gangster Culture

Kamish on May 10, 2012


It's called "Gangster Squad". Why not play "Gangsta Music"? And is that a problem if that's what they're targeting with the music?

Kels on May 10, 2012


 The only problem I see here is you...Sometimes the truth hurts, but only if you want it to, if you have a chip on your shoulder about something, find a couch and someone to listen, otherwise don't create drama where there is none...Tool...

Kamish on May 10, 2012


 Because that music did not exist during the time frame that this movie takes?

Brian Sleider on May 10, 2012


It's called "Gangster Squad". So why not play "Gangster" music?

Kels on May 10, 2012


 And your corrected statement is right, it's Gangster, not Gangsta, so no Gangsta music really needs to be used, unless, this movie just wants to sell t-shirts & get quoted in rap music...

Kamish on May 10, 2012


What chip? You don't know me. Brian makes more of a point than you Kamish. You posted your comment, I responded. Your original post is the drama setter here. 

Kels on May 11, 2012


Some Sinatra would have fit nicely in this..

jake love on May 12, 2012



dgeet on May 14, 2012


Sincerely, F... YOU!

Szkari on Jun 3, 2012


This looks awesome! I can't wait!

Owengoerzen on May 9, 2012


I mean, holy shit! 

Buzzfunk on May 9, 2012


Holy shit! This was impressive. BTW, is it just me or does Gosling's voice sound a little weird here? 

Nielsen700 on May 9, 2012


So this is the movie based off of the true story, that was also turned into a video game called LA Noire?  Stoked!!!

Thomas Stalcup Jr on May 9, 2012


L.A. Noire had some historic crimes to solve but it wasn't really based on anything

Akwasi Asabere on May 9, 2012


It has that sort of shiny/artificial cinematography that I actively dislike. CGI backdrops are obvious and all of their skin seems really bright and unblemished. Is it just me? I don't feel I'm describing it adequately, does anyone else see where I'm coming from?

Luke Murray on May 9, 2012


 Could be bad quality in the trailer.

Xerxexx on May 9, 2012


Luke, U described it perfectly.. U are not the only one, I totally agree.. 

Tester on May 9, 2012


I agree with Luke to! Cinematrography look and feel of the overall feel looks so artificial. I know their different films in different time periods by Lawless got it right whereas Gangsters Squad seems to have missed the mark (just talking about the look and feel of a period piece and not the story). But this is indeed an amazing cast! 

Day on May 9, 2012


I have to disagree.  I liked the look and feel of this.. the cinematography seems to fit with the time period clean crisp and an almost "smoky-ness" (the song chosen for the trailer of course is out of place)  This seems more "film like" than say "Public Enemies" which was so "video like"  Also I didn't seem to see any CGI backdrops.. The downtown La locations are all true.. I know because I live in downtown LA.. From city hall.. to the 4th or 7th street bridge (couldn't tell which one) and even the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Christopher Alan George on May 9, 2012


 Crisp, Clean & Smokey?

Kamish on May 10, 2012


Being that they had to recreate L.A. in the 40s, CG was expected. How else could they do so? 

Legandaryedition on May 9, 2012


For certain instances yes. but things can be done practically.  I can walk outside my Loft in LA right now and look around at buildings that were all built in the 20's, 30's and 40's.  Here are a few places in the trailer that are practical. 0:56 is City hall which I walk by every day...1:18 & 1:36 are 4th & 7th street bridge in downtown la, 2:01 is Hollywood Blvd at the Chinese Theater and are not CG.  Of course the Wide shots of Los Angeles (0:21) are CG shots, but a lot can be done practically.   Take Public Enemies.  There weren't many CG shots in that film from what I can remember.

Christopher Alan George on May 9, 2012


I could agree with the CGI-part, but it's an artificial cinematography that I actively like. I kind of miss that feeling that it's obvious you're watching a film, something bigger than life. I find it more expressive and closer to its symbol. Ironically enough, films that look too much like reality give me the feeling it's just a set with some actors.   Any film differs from life in that it selects and highlights what is important to its story. If a scene is useless, you cut it. If there is tension, you focus on it. And if there's a certain atmosphere you highlight that. I do want it to remain real and consistent enough (this is why I agree against CGI) to still be connected to reality, but I like that it is heightened. 

Snev De la Fontaine on May 10, 2012


 Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Bryan Cranston, Michael Pena, Giovanni Theater scene were they shooting into the crowd?

Xerxexx on May 9, 2012


Amazing cast, Penn's performance looks particularly great. Yes, it looked like they shot through from the back towards the crowd.

Efterklang on May 9, 2012


That scene will be fucking tense.

Xerxexx on May 9, 2012


yep, that scene looked awesome. I definitely took notice of it.

Phantomrockcity on May 10, 2012


This already looks better than Lawless, and Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen? Hell Yes!

Zade_92 on May 9, 2012


Bryan Cranston is not in this, he pulled out. 

MJ on May 9, 2012


Does look good. Isn't that the way LA policemen behave nowadays anyway?

Crapola on May 9, 2012


i'm definitely in.

beevis on May 9, 2012


Me too. Great cast in a compelling period piece. I'm on board.

Isildur_of_Numenor on May 10, 2012


absolutely - LOVE the period pieces.

beevis on May 10, 2012


period setting, a slick look, and a cast and a half. and i loved Zombieland. so count me in also! i just hope Fleischer can handle all that acting talent. as @twitter-40770869:disqus, @facebook-1847907840:disqus and others have said above, i wasn't a fan of the music at the end, mainly because it pulled me right out of all the scene setting work the first half of the trailer did with set design and costume.

son_et_lumiere on May 12, 2012


Zombieland was a lot of fun; it will be interesting to see how Fleischer handles the Cast (capitalization intended) and also the genre. I agree with you on the music, it is a bit off-putting. Good thing it's only a trailer.

Isildur_of_Numenor on May 13, 2012


Looks great, so long as it doesn't devolve into some self-important ”film” and stays true to the gusto in the trailer. Every time I see or hear Gosling I think of Drive and what a horrible disappointment that was.

Blurb on May 9, 2012


YES!! Great cast, definitely looking forward to seeing Robert Patrick on the big screen again. Cannot wait for this!

grimjob on May 9, 2012


As crazy as Sean Penn, the man can pick some great roles.

Ocp on May 9, 2012


This looks awesome....definitely looking forward to seeing Fleischer move on to more serious subject matter.

eetrebor on May 9, 2012


Period film, use period music. It always ruins a trailer for me when the hip hop kicks down the door. Completely out of place. Film looks like it could be decent though.

Guest on May 9, 2012


I am usually a big sucker for the suits and cloathes of this era but somehow I don`t get it from this trailer. Great cast but to me an underwelming trailer but i will sure as hell se it when it comes. Nick Nolte nuff said.

Loser on May 10, 2012


Definitely some heavy hitters in the cast but maybe the trailer is giving off a bad vibe. I am getting the same feeling I had with Public Enemies. Granted that is not as polished up as this, it just feels off. There is the difference between good to great cinematography and just blah, a line that is sometimes too easy to cross. It looks like an ensemble movie, where the names are more of a draw than any plot or story. Also a chance to sport a bad mustache, though anyone has the right to the pursuit of facial hair. Take this as just an opinion, I consider Robocop to be a cinematic masterpiece and maybe that disqualifies me.

Sam on May 10, 2012


Looks like The Untouchables 2012. Anyone else think this?

Carlos Graves on May 10, 2012


I agree.  I like the casting in both films

Marc Callado on May 11, 2012


Completely agree.  I'm already thinking the Josh Brolin character, the wiser mentor type, dies in the theater scene.  Similar to Sean Connery's murder as a message in The Untouchables. (Good news for Brolin if he follows in Connery's shoes, as this role led to Connery's only Oscar.) Loved the casting and premise the first time, liking where this is heading this time.

Thexn on May 11, 2012


FYI, at 1:18...Bryan Cranston dropped out and Robert Patrick took his place...

RidgeRacer4 on May 10, 2012


Damn! Modern classic potential right here!

DAVIDPD on May 10, 2012


Mulholland Drive Meets Scarface...

Kamish on May 10, 2012


HOLY SHIT that looks great.

DaftBot on May 10, 2012


F***!!, they had to show that spoiler with ryan gosling at the end, for f***s sake. And the trailer really didnt need that last scene, it was already amazing. alex, I would really appreciate if you warned us about these things before seeing the trailer, oh well... Amazing cast and looks great. I'll see everything with ryan gosling in it. And emma stone...

Ricardo_PT on May 10, 2012


Inglorious basterds in LA? Oh well, I'm in.

thebigconformist on May 10, 2012


HOV!! I agree, the music is misplaced in this type movie during this time still doesn't have that dreaded feeling of doom the way The Untouchables or Miller's Crossing...

jah p on May 10, 2012


00:00:23 - "Hollywoodland" ? 🙂

David Banner on May 11, 2012


The "land" section didn't come down until 1949.  Before that it actually did say "Hollywoodland".

Thexn on May 11, 2012


feels a bit like the movie Mobsters but hopefully it`s not. When are they going to have a Western movie revival? Seems like they are making more gangster movies lets make some more westerns too please and I meen real westerns

Loser on May 11, 2012


Wow, that looks amazing!! Talent is stacked!  I think I have a man-crush on Ryan Gosling....

JKnaak on May 11, 2012


Why are people still complaining about Bane's voice when I could barely understand Sean Penn and Nick Nolte the first time I watched this? 

Dalton Weaver on May 12, 2012


Looks like a Untouchables remake

Bill on May 12, 2012


Maybe it's cuz I was born in the 90's and am therefore "young" but I actually enjoyed the music in the trailer? But just as long as it STAYS in the trailer.  I agree with the period music stuff but as trailer music it'll rope in the younger generation if the cast and action didn't but apart from that this looks FUCKING FANTASTIC!  Btw, can anyone actually tell me the song that was used, thnx

Nicholas Robinson on May 13, 2012


I'm scared this just went south and will be no where authentic. I hope I'm wrong. P.s. To those who think Gosling and or Drive were disappointments, what's wrong with you?

Johnny Neat on May 14, 2012


very cool has a Dick tracy feel

Davidbryan949 on May 15, 2012


The film Michael Mann should have made.

Archie Hill on May 16, 2012


Sorta film noir essence

Luis Antonio Pelozo on Jul 10, 2012

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