Are you sweet talking me?
Warner Brothers just released the latest trailer for their upcoming DCEU film Suicide Squad. The plot revolves around a group of criminals (many of them members of Batman’s rogue gallery) being recruited by the government to go on dangerous missions that will likely kill them.
The DCEU is in a bit of a weird place right now. Batman v Superman, The film that was meant to act as a springboard for the wider DCEU, was a disappointment in pretty much every aspect. With the DCEU not looking to hot at the moment, WB needs Suicide Squad to succeed. Luckily, it’s looking fantastic.
This trailer seems to possess something that was sorely missing from Batman v Superman: Fun. Seriously, even with the darker subject matter this film looks like it’s going to be a blast. We got our first looks at the dynamics between the various members of the Suicide Squad, and they all look to be interesting and bring something to the team. I was afraid that the film was going to place too much focus on Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) but the trailer seems to paint this as more of an ensemble peace, which I think is a smart move. Hell, I never thought I’d say this but I’m actually excited to see Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang!
We got some extended looks at Jared Leto’s Joker and while I’m still not a fan of his look, Leto appears to be nailing his performance as the clown prince of crime. His laugh is downright haunting, and he looks he is going to bring a lot of psychotic menace to the character. I’m still not sure how The Joker fits into this story (maybe the antagonist?) but I’m really interested in seeing his him in the film.
I was surprised with the amount of Batman they showed in the trailer. If initial reports were to be believed, Batman was meant to just be a small cameo in the film, but the trailer hints at a somewhat larger role. This would make sense, Batman was the one part of BvS that was critically praised, so WB might want to double down on that positive reception. It would be really cool to actually see Batman as the antagonist of the film, and see the Suicide Squad try to take him down, but I digress.
Overall, I was really happy with the trailer. My enthusiasm in the DCEU has been dampened a bit by Batman v Superman, but hopefully Suicide Squad is able to rein me back in. Check out the trailer for yourselves below:
Suicide Squad opens August 5th.