David Ayer’s supervillain spectacle is by far one of the most anticipated films of 2016. Backed by an all-star cast and a refreshing concept that until now had yet to find its way onto the silver screen, Suicide Squad has everyone speculating on how it will mold DC’s emerging universe. The surefire blockbuster arrives later this year, in the wake of the aftermath of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman showdown, and centers around a band of villains enlisted by a secret government agency to pull off seemingly impossible black ops missions in exchange for clemency. This is the first time villains have truly been placed at the forefront of a narrative, and it will inevitably leave its mark on not only how DC moves forward, but quite possibly Marvel as well.
The first trailer for Suicide Squad premiered shortly following San Diego Comic Con after someone in attendance leaked a live recording. It may not have been the way Warner Bros./DC wanted to unveil their baby, but overwhelmingly positive fan reaction more than made up for it. And since its debut, we’ve all been dissecting the many layers of Suicide Squad. For one, we can expect a few major performances, most notably from Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Cara Delevingne. Leto fills The Joker’s shoes for the first time since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Robbie brings Harley Quinn to the big screen for the first time since ever, Smith brings huge starpower, and Delevingne’s Enchantress is somewhat of an enigmatic wildcard. Then there’s the connection to Batman, and how the Caped Crusader will impact the ongoings of Suicide Squad. There’s a lot going on, and we’re in for one hell of a ride.
DC’s movement is interesting. Superman had a larger introduction with Man of Steel, but now the brand is introducing a lot of characters in the next two entries of their cinematic universe. All of Justice League will be present in Dawn of Justice, while Suicide Squad welcomes a crew of iconic baddies to the mix. Will origin stories play a part in these films? To some degree, sure. But it seems like DC is shaking up the introductory method that Marvel so heavily relies on by bringing forth a more complex web of storytelling.
Tonight brings us a brand-new look at Suicide Squad, courtesy of DC’s teaser sampler on The CW. It comes after the studio released vibrant character posters over the weekend, which I’ve added down below. Worst heroes ever, indeed. The wait for a new trailer is finally over. While we continue to analyze DC’s most anticipated property, here’s another look at the insanity to come.
Suicide Squad lands in theaters August 5.
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