So much for not officially releasing this, WB have now decided to release the Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailer after the leak, which is the smart thing to do. And after the eerie trailer, I’m feeling slightly, completely creeped out. Keep in mind this is just a teaser trailer/first look, so you don’t really get much from it (the movie is coming out in August 2016), but anyways let’s discuss the Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailer!
The trailer opens up to Amanda Waller talking to military officials. She talks about the group she has put together, and that yes, some of them have powers, “Maybe Superman was some kind of beacon for them to creep out of the shadows”. First of all I already buy Viola Davis as Waller. Amanda Waller is the real one in charge, no one else, and she may not always be ethical in her practices, but she gets the job done. She also talks about Superman, suggesting that this takes place after Man of Steel. And also suggests that before Superman’s appearance there weren’t really any super-powered villains. So he’s not only a beacon for hope, he’s a beacon for the meta-humans to come out as well. After he displays his powers in public, I guess they feel like they can too.
“If anything goes wrong we blame them, we have in-built deniability”. Yeah something will go wrong, that’s for sure. Suicide Squad are a government sanctioned group that are sent out on missions too dodgy and dangerous for anyone else to do. Criminals agree to join the Squad for reduced jail time, or even just the chance to have something to do. Of course the joke is on them because they get bombs implanted in their necks just in case they do anything wrong, also there’s a good chance they get killed. So if the government are poking their head in something they shouldn’t be, they can just blame a bunch of reckless super-villains acting in their own self-interest.
Then we see a bunch of random shots of the Squad. The main players seem to be Harley and Deadshot, with their origin stories being displayed. The main force in Harley’s origin is the Joker, and the main force for Deadshot’s motivations for joining the Squad is his daughter, both of which we see in the trailer.
We also see Killer Croc all tied up Hannibal Lecter style. It’s clear Killer Croc is going to be the crazy tank in this movie. We also get a glimpse of Enchantress. June Moone’s character has a mystical force take over her body, giving the split identity of June Moone/Enchantress. We don’t actually see her walking with the Suicide Squad, and the rumour is that their first mission is to find Enchantress, a woman with a lot of unknown power (she’s kinda the wild card).
An interesting shot we see in the trailer is Harleen Quinzel in what is probably her working in Arkham Asylum. It looks like the prisoners have got out, and are attacking her and strapping her down to the table. And by the end of the trailer we find out why…
We also get a shot of a fully clothed Joker (yes he’s not always shirtless) walking with his bodyguard Jonny Frost. In Brian Azzarello’s Joker graphic novel Jonny Frost meets up with Joker after he is released from Arkham Asylum. The pair go around regaining all the power back from the other villains in Gotham. Jonny likes to tag along because he likes the excitement, and finally feels a sense of purpose. He then figures out that Joker, is just plain crazy. And of course Joker doesn’t really care about power or money, he did all that to get the attention of Batman.
So maybe we could be getting a similar situation here. My guess, Joker is in Arkham after Batman finally catches him for killing Jason, Batman retires, Joker gets out of Arkham and is sad Batman has retired, now he wants to get his attention again. We’re not sure where this movie takes place in the timeline, but word is that it takes place after Man of Steel but before Batman v Superman.
Then we get a look at the scene we’ve all seen the leaked version of, Batman riding on Joker’s car. I’m guessing this is a flashback, building up Harley’s origin.
The very end of the trailer we get our Joker reveal, and if nothing else, it is pretty creepy. Now its way too soon to be comparing Leto to Ledger, but I’m feeling good about Leto after seeing this, and I think he’ll be the craziest, most terrifying Joker yet. From the way the trailer is cut, it looks like he’s torturing Harleen Quinzel, slowly turning her into Harley Quinn. And it makes sense, he doesn’t kill her, he just hurts her really, really bad.
This is what I think will go down in Suicide Squad: Harley will be working for Waller in the Suicide Squad, but will really be working for the Joker. She’s willing to backstab her teammates until she realises that she actually cares about them (and people in general) and doesn’t agree with the Joker’s ways, and then ends up actually being on the Squad’s side.
Overall I’m liking what I’m seeing from Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad is one of my favourite comic properties, and what’s important is nailing the team dynamics. The Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailer didn’t exactly give us much of an idea of the overall story, but it set up the creepy, grim tone and overall feel of the movie. One thing is clear, if you aren’t interested in dark, gritty comic book movies, you’re probably not going to enjoy DC’s 2016 movie slate. I think that Suicide Squad will be a lot more fun than Batman v Superman though of course, when you have characters like Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, but this movie will still keep in tone with what Man of Steel started. But yeah so far it’s shaping up to be good, but it is hard to get excited for a movie that’s still so far away, let’s just hope the time goes by fast!
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