With San Diego Comic-Con looming on the horizon, where Warner Bros. is almost certainly planning to make a big splash with Suicide Squad before it rolls out to theaters next month, the marketing machine is about to kick into overdrive. This morning, Entertainment Weekly unveiled a set of 4 covers for this week’s issue, each featuring different members of the team.
First up is the pair that is most likely to steal the show, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and her main squeeze, The Joker (Jared Leto):
Cover #2 features Deadshot (Will Smith, arguably the biggest name in the film), along with Enchantress (Cara Delevigne) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman):
Then we move to the mastermind pulling the strings behind the scenes, Amanda Waller (Viola David), and another pair of nasties with Slipknot (Adam Beach) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje):
And rounding out the crew on the final cover is Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara):
As we learned recently with the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story information overload, an EW cover story isn’t complete without some news, and along with these images a few new details about the film have trickled out. One surprising piece of information is that Katana isn’t exactly part of the team – at least, not in the sense that she’s a career criminal with an explosive device planted in her neck. Instead, it looks like she’ll be working directly for Rick Flag to help keep the rest of the group from stepping too far out of line.
And while most of us assumed that The Joker’s role in the film would be relegated to flashbacks, it sounds like that’s not the case at all, with EW mentioning his “laser-like plan to reunite with his true love, Harley, mission be damned.” That’s a curious wrinkle that we hadn’t anticipated, and I’m looking forward to seeing how The Joker’s presence complicates things for the Squad.
Hopefully we’ll get a peek at some new footage in a couple of weeks at Comic-Con, but if not, we don’t have much longer to wait. Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres on August 5th.
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