By: Samar Khan
“I want to assemble a task force for the most dangerous people on the planet.” Normally, such a line would imply that audiences are in for a dark and gritty thriller; David Ayer’s newest trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad proves to be the exception to such implication, with its use of Bohemian Rhapsody as the trailer’s soundtrack illustrating just how wacky and wild the ride will be for audiences this summer.
First off, we are introduced to Boomerang, played by Tom Ha-… no wait, Jai Courtney, a fellow that looks very similar to the star of Mad Max: Fury Road and was actually Hardy’s replacement in a way when the latter pulled out. Anyways, we are introduced to him confined to solitary, which sets up a common theme throughout the trailer of mistreatment of our heroes (anti-heroes?) by the authorities. Pretty good start, if I do say so myself.
Then, we are introduced to Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie and probably the most gorgeous psychotic lunatic ever seen on screen. She’s reading a romance novel while sitting in her jail cell sipping tea and looking happy. In a nutshell, that’s what audiences should expect in terms of the type of character Harley Quinn is in the Batman universe.
After Harley Quinn, we are introduced to Deadshot, played by the only A-list star in the film (check out the review of his recent film, Concussion), Will Smith. I’ve been iffy on his casting for a while, mainly due to his previous aversion to working within ensemble casts and as long as he doesn’t take the spotlight off of the rest of the crew, he should fit in fine. It is Will Smith, so an acting dud is not what we shall be given.
We are then shown Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, shown above) and El Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez, below), whose character designs look fantastic. Killer Croc will be familiar to some of our readers from the modern Batman: Arkham games but neither of the two characters has reached quite the level of notoriety and mainstream pop-culture appeal as a certain someone that shall be mentioned below. Still, it’s refreshing to see DC willing to introduce so many new obscure characters as they work on establishing a contender to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Moving on, the trailer’s transition to Viola Davis uttering that line about the most dangerous people marks a tonal change in the trailer as well, with Bohemian Rhapsody kicking into high gear and Courtney’s Boomerang going wild on camera. We then see Smith’s Deadshot getting restrained by a ridiculous amount of armed guards but he strangely seems to be bracing himself for their assault in numbers, suggesting that my earlier point about the widespread mistreatment of the inmates is widespread and not just limited to a select few of the characters.
Cue torture sequences (El Diablo being a fire based character receives water based torture while Killer Croc looks set to be operated upon). It looks dark, yet not too graphic, meaning that DC will stick to the gritty roots even with supernatural characters within their universe ala Superman as established in Man of Steel.
We are then introduced to Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg, whose essentially the captain of what will form our titular squad while Cara Delevingne is introduced to audiences and will play the role of the mystical Enchantress.
Cue more Margot Robbie and it seems clear that she will be the highlight of the film, with her over-the-top cheerfulness in the face of danger and veiled threats while LAUGHING showcasing just how far off the deep end she is.
There are then scenes of combat, with everything from crashed planes to helicopters being fired upon setting the stage for what should be some exciting action set pieces in the film.
Will Smith, in a way that seems badass despite how corny the dialogue SHOULD be (think how epic Idris Elba’s speech about canceling the apocalypse in Pacific Rim was despite the utter absurdity of such a sentence) delivers the line “Let’s go save the world!” That team, as wacky and diverse as it is, saving our world? Count us at The Film Lawyers in.
Then comes the moment everyone has been waiting for: Jared Leto’s Joker appears on screen and two thoughts immediately come to mind: 1) The acting from the Oscar winner looks as if it shall be a winner and 2) Despite initial worries over the modernistic look, the tone feels right for the rest of the film and Leto is perfectly capable of delivering an iconic version of the greatest villain in comic book history. There are ensuing scenes where Leto’s Joker is then shooting at a giant eyeball and a bald head (I’m as confused as you but it is the Joker so we shan’t be worried) and then followed by a tuxedo-wearing Joker. Seriously, this looks amazing.
Katana (played by Karen Fukuhara) shows up towards the end of the trailer and her nickname tells you what her weapon of choice is when dispensing justice.
After all of this comes a ton of action scenes, ranging from missiles being fired to El Diablo raining down fire in a building of sorts to the Joker and some henchmen infiltrating a facility (this definitely seems to be a flashback, perhaps a precursor to a time before Harley Quinn became as deranged as she is). It culminates with the Joker jumping into a vat (of chemicals, I would presume) where he is clearly pulling out Harley. This perhaps establishes where Harley Quinn goes off the deep end and may lend further credence in the actual movie to the theory that this is where the Joker officially becomes, you know, crazy.
After ALL of that (seriously, how awesome was that?), the trailer ends with something blowing up or being detonated. Clearly the stakes are high and this film is shaping up to be one of the better comic book films in a year that will be full of them.
David Ayer is directing and if his recent releases have taught us anything, namely Fury and End of Watch, the man knows how to deliver said action set pieces in spades while balancing them with actual character development and coherent storytelling. Zack Snyder this ain’t, whose storytelling has been rather divisive in comparison to the near universal acclaim he garners for the visuals and style of his films.
Catch the trailer below, courtesy of Warner Bros., and let us know if you agree with some of our character theories or not. Even if you do not, there is no denying that Suicide Squad will be a must-see for all later this summer.