Following the mixed reviews and nauseating tone of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the DC Films universe appeared to be in turmoil. One golden nugget which could revitalize excitement among fans is Suicide Squad.
The film is about a task force of villains assembled to fight threats bigger than themselves. Many big-time DC players will be introduced, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot Rick Flagg, Katana and Killer Croc. Thus far, trailers for the film have been stellar. DC showed a third one Saturday at Comic-Con, which might be the best yet.
“Here’s to honor among thieves. We almost pulled it off. Despite what everybody thought, they’re going to blame us for the whole thing. We’re the patsies, don’t forget,” Deadshot (Will Smith) tells the squad as they drink their sorrows away.
Amanda Waller is very concerned with a metahuman force the Suicide Squad is up against. She compares it to the biblical Sampson and the giant Philistine monster Goliath. It’s fair to assume the threat is huge.
I’d wager Enchantress is somehow behind the creation. It’s hard to not be incredibly stoked for Viola Davis as Waller. It’s perfection.
“Look at the pretty lights,” Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) says with enthusiasm in her voice. Yes, it’s pretty, but it looks like a devastating force which won’t be easy to contain.
Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) gives Deadshot his orders, which explain the grave danger of the mission. Deadshot tells him he’s a bad leader, saying “You might want to work on your team motivation thing. You ever hear of Phil Jackson? He’s like the gold standard. Triangle, bitch.”
Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) isn’t having it with El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), calling him “the fire bloke.” He pulls out a lighter to show his powers aren’t all that special. (They are.) Boomerang is perfectly cocky and is a total wild card of the squad.
Here’s what appears to be the minions created by The Enchantress (my own speculation) and some sort mystical event which assumedly leads to the sky being lit up.
The Joker (Jared Leto) talks about how things are intense. His lips look extra pouty in the shot.
Here’s a balls-to-the-wall shot of Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) in full mystical magic mode. I’m not sure what exactly is going on in this scene, but it looks destructive. Enchantress’ costume is on point.
Here’s someone getting the life force sucked out of them.
Fitting in an origin story isn’t a bad idea, as we see Harley Quinn emerge from a vat of chemicals with The Joker. Is this the incident which drives her insane? It will be the first time the iconic comic book moment has been brought to the big screen.
The trailer leaves you with the feeling of wanting more. It looks zany, dark, action-packed, funny and batshit crazy. That’s what I want from the Suicide Squad film. These aren’t heroes, these are bad people doing bad things.
Seeing the squad attempt to help Waller’s task force while balancing their own ticks, frustration and idiosyncrasies should be riotous fun. It’s the breath of fresh air DC needed to inject something different into the mega-dreary Snyderverse. With all the new footage released at Comic-Con, DC’s course correction may save its initial blunder. Suicide Squad is the correct next pivot.