DC and Warner Bros. certainly haven’t been short on controversy since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This has led to a direct effect on their next big project, Suicide Squad, having just ordered a series of pricey reshoots to infuse more levity and humor in the wake of poor reviews for BvS. And based on the latest trailer, it looks like whatever they did paid off in spades. More than looking undeniably awesome, it gives us our first extended look at many of the film’s major story beats.
We’re still a little ways off from Suicide Squad‘s August 5 release date, but now that we’re three trailers deep, it’s getting harder and harder to wait around. It remains to be seen how Warner will maintain this marketing momentum in ensuing days. Whatever their plan is though, we still have enough to whet our appetite before the premiere. If you’re not a fan of spoilers, now’s your chance to duck out. But if you’re like us and can’t wait, here’s everything the new trailer teases at.
1. The inevitable Batman v Superman connection
The trailer opens with a bunch of military and defense types sitting around a conference table, addressed by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). From there, it wastes no time in making a direct link to the greater DC movie universe, asking one, telling question: “What if Superman had decided to fly down, rip off the roof of the White House, and grab the president right out of the oval office? Who would have stopped him?” The answer of course is the team of criminals and malcontents assembled by Waller, leading us right into the tick of Suicide Squad‘s premise.
2. A character (seemingly) marked for death
All three trailers seem to have one thing in common, and that’s that all the scenes appearing to show us the latter half of the movie are absent one character: Slipknot. We know the Suicide Squad is kept in line by an explosive implant. What an audience needs to believe these criminals would actually stay in line is a demonstration of the stakes. That means someone has to die trying to defy their directive, and it’s sure as hell not going to be a marketable, A-list actor like Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, or Jai Courtney. We see smaller, lesser known actors like Slipknot’s Adam Beach in the “expendable” category. Back that up with what appears to be an escape attempt in the trailer (above), and it doesn’t seem like Beach’s character is long for this franchise.
3. A good look at our main villains
You’d think that after three trailers and a whole lot of hype, we’d at least have an idea as to what kind of catastrophe our anti-heroes are being tasked with preventing. As it is, we’re still not entirely sure, even if we’re not without a fair amount of hints. Above we see a group of creatures terrorizing a city, and later on we see them going toe-to-toe with the Squad. Where they come from or who they are is still a mystery, but there’s no denying the similarities to the “faceless monster minions invading a city” motif we saw in Marvel’s first Avengers movie. Here’s hoping Suicide Squad finds a way to make it feel different when it’s all said and done.
4. Batman makes a cameo (or three)
This third Suicide Squad trailer came with an extra dose of Batman cameos, showing us at least three separate appearances of Ben Affleck in the iconic cowl. Above we see the Dark Knight carrying Harley Quinn, apparently having rescued her from a watery grave. It’ll be interesting to see how they distance Quinn’s character from the Joker (given their long, sordid history together). That seems to be hinted at above: Linking the scene with the Joker and Harley driving a pink, chrome sports car with Batman in pursuit, perhaps Leto’s Joker drove them into a body of water and left Harley to die. That’s of course all speculation on our part though; your guess is as good as ours as to what actually happens here.
5. The transformation of Harley Quinn
Of all the members of the Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn takes the cake in terms of having the most terrifying back-story. In Bruce Timm’s animated Batman series, Harleen Quinzel is the doctor assigned to the Joker, and is eventually driven insane by her sessions with him. It looks like Suicide Squad will be digging more into her comic book origins though, which tell us that Quinn lost her mind after being dipped in a vat of the infamous Joker toxin. The last trailer shows the Joker diving off a ledge into that very same vat, and above we see a what appears to be Dr. Quinzel making that same fall.
6. A surprising connection to a famous Batman comic book series
The frame we see here has already been identified by droves of fans as a nod to Scott Snyder’s Endgame iteration of the Joker. The six-issue comic book series prominently features the Joker terrorizing Gotham with an airborne toxin that changes people into murderous psychopaths. He then utilizes a healing serum that makes him functionally immortal, while disfiguring part of his face. Thanks to the Suicide Squad trailer, the word is now out that we might be getting Endgame‘s terrifying version of the Clown Prince of Crime.
7. A concerted effort to ramp up the humor
In the wake of the news surrounding Suicide Squad‘s reshoots, a rumor began to surface claiming that almost every joke from the movie was featured in the second trailer. Citing a need to infuse more humor as the driving force behind going back to the drawing board, that report came hot on the heels of criticism for Batman v Superman‘s complete lack of levity. If the third trailer is any indication though, Suicide Squad is going to come out swinging on the humor front. We see a whole lot of comedic relief throughout, leading us to wonder whether this will be more Deadpool and less BvS.
Suicide Squad releases nationwide on August 5
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