Despite how disappointed I ended up being in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, my excitement for DC’s other standalone, solo films hasn’t declined, and following the film’s box office success, Warner Bros. will want to keep their momentum for the next several months heading into August with the release of Suicide Squad.
The David Ayer-directed film will be the first onscreen introduction of some of DC’s most iconic comic book characters into the cinematic universe, including Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. So far, it looks like a stylish and richly dark genre film that I don’t think the superhero genre has seen all that much of up until this point.
A new, international trailer for the film has debuted online today, which features just a few more shots of footage from the film, than the official trailer released a few months ago. Check it out below:
While recently speaking with USA Today as well, Ayer teased the film’s premise and what it was like creating an onscreen family out of these inherently villainous misfits:
“These people who are rejected by the world, who think they aren’t good people, beyond just ‘Hey, we’re villains and we do bad things’ but are really people who believe they are deserving of love and friendship.”
In addition, the report also revealed two new images from the film, which focus on the titular team during their mysterious, climactic mission:
Easily one of the studio’s riskiest outings, without a big money superhero headlining the film, and a cast of mostly unlikable characters, Suicide Squad will either end up being one of DC’s biggest pay offs, or biggest disappointments. Ayer has more hits than misses for me in his filmography though, with End of Watch in particular being one of the best cop dramas ever made in my opinion.
While I could do without some of the heavily-tattooed and grimy look of the some of the characters still, the pure style and level of craftsmanship alone, is enough to give me confidence in the project, thanks to Ayer’s experienced hands behind the camera. Suffice to say, it looks like one of the more-assured comic book films we’ve seen, despite its inherent unpredictability. If Suicide Squad ends up succeeding at its goals though, this could end up being a true, artistic statement from DC, that they’re not afraid to make some less box office friendly films. Following some of the critical reactions to Batman v Superman as well, I can’t imagine a better follow-up statement for them to make in 2016.
Suicide Squad will hit theatres on August 5th.
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