Ballroom blitz! Look, I’m keen on Suicide Squad. David Ayer’s film of misfits pressed into black ops service is the kind of film that the DC cinematic universe needs right now: A movie with likable characters and that doesn’t play out like a 150 minute advert for why you need to pop some Prozac, unlike the massively depressing Batman V Superman which just never lightens up.
It’s a film that definitely has a different voice, one wherein you’ll be rooting for the bad guys. There’s a new trailer out for Suicide Squad, filled with plenty of new details. Time to break it down.
“What if Superman had decided to fly down and grab the President out of the Oval office? Who would have stopped him?” Listen, not even six of the most hardened criminals and metahumans can stop a man of steel who can shrug off nuclear explosions with the hippy ability of being solar-powered. But it’s interesting to see that the US government has been keeping an eye on the rise of these new criminals and heroes.
There’s plenty of places to be find yourself locked up in once a superhero has beaten your face to a pulp in the name of justice. But there’s no place worse than Bell Reve prison in the DC universe, a prison filled with the very worst and most violent offenders. And those are just the guys without any super-powers in the general population before you get to the wing that house metahumans.
But hey, at least they have doctors there, right? With fancy equipment, which can’t be that bad can it?
Not quite. Ask yourself this: How do you keep a motley gang of metahumans and psychotics in line when you’ve sent them on a suicide mission?
By injecting them with nanite explosives that will go off the second they step out of line, thus ensuring a compliant team of hoodlums. I’d wager that this part here is where we see the gang fitted with their metaphorical collars.
I don’t actually know what the context is here, but Will Smith’s crap-eating grin is just too good to ignore as he’s wheeled into the processing area for his mission.
Now here’s something I never saw the first time around: Slipknot is also a felon. Judging by the way he was seen in the previous trailers, it looked as if the rope-master was a willing accomplice in the black ops division. Not so, says the latest trailer, as those FBI agents have some pretty nasty scowls for their transferring prisoner.
I’m also digging the details on Slipknot’s costume. The hangman’s noose for a ponytail, little spools of carbon-fibre threads on the shoulders. All nice touches.
Closer look at Deadshot’s gear. The actual assault rifle makes sense for an assassin who has an uncanny aim and always hits the mark. That looks like an M16 rifle, a gun which happens to have legendary accuracy and handling capabilities. It’s the touches of individuality that I dig here, from the custom scope, the red paintjob and the inscription on the barrel. I think cosplayers are going to have a field day recreating these characters when they hit the convention scene.
Speaking of, look at Harley Quinn’s revolver. In the comics and animated series, she’d occasionally use a comically over-sized popgun, which could still knock you out when it sent a massive cork hurtling towards your face. This gun looks a bit deadlier, but also like something that you’d grind for hours so that you could obtain it in an RPG. I mean, just look at those ivory handles and the engraved diamond pattern on it.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc doesn’t need much in terms of gear. Just a crocodile skin jacket apparently. Which is like wearing a jacket made out of tanned human skin. Sort of.
I’m liking Joel Kinnaman in the role of Rick Flagg so far, the handler of the Suicide Squad. That, and his no-nonsense attitude towards making heads explode should you even annoy him slightly.
Ropes are cool! And useful! Slipknot gets at least one cool scene in the film, as his fetish for braided strands of fabric comes in handy for that one time when you need someone to survey the land from a higher vantage point. Sort of like a murderous GI Joe.
I never thought I’d say this before, but I’m actually looking forward to a movie that has Jai Courtney inside of it. Hollywood has been trying for years to get people to love their own version of the silver screen Roman Reigns, but failing thanks to bland performances and somewhat terrible films.
Katana has been a character who has never quite gotten the share of the spotlight that she deserved. Outside of being a fantastic supporting character in the animated series Beware the Batman and a a handful of appearances in Arrow, Tatsu Yamashiro has been largely ignored in other media. Expect that to obviously change, now that her stock is about to rise in the DCU.
But honestly? I think Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is going to steal the show with her manic performance. That pout alone deserves and academy award.
One thing we haven’t seen so far, are boomerangs. Specifically, Jai Courtney’s Boomerang character actually using his trademark weapon in action. And we still don’t in this trailer, as the lovable bastard whips out a pair of blades (which might be his boomerangs)…
…And proceeds to get up close and personal with whatever hellspawn has ben summoned. While protecting a stuffed unicorn. Well alright then.
Speaking of, there’s all manner of nastiness being unleashed in this film, some sort of supernatural presence running amok, no doubt linked to the Enchantress.
But none of it holds a candle to Jared Leto’s Joker, who just steals every scene he happens to be in, controversial new look and all.
Another classic weapon! Even though she’s carrying a nifty baseball bat in the film, it’s nice to see Harley Quinn’s trademark mallet make an appearance. Complete with the signature smiley face on the end that smashes your face in.
The cat has been out of the bag for ages now, but in case you forgot: The Batman will be present. Sources say that this will be in the form of a Flashback as Harley Quinn’s origin is explored, something that looks far more plausible when you see a shinier and less scuffed Batmobile standing in the background.
So, Katana. Cool costume, kickass sword skills. That’s all there is to her, right? Nope! The sword that Katana uses is none other than the Soultaker, a deadly blade that was created in the 1400s and has the power to claim the souls of those who it kills and store them within itself. A lethal weapon, and one that has the power to corrupt its wielder as whoever holds the sword has to constantly battle with a few inner demons. And it’s great to see that the more grounded DC universe isn’t shying away from magic.
Batman, diving in after Harley Quinn who has presumably been used as a distraction by the Joker. Also, he has a bat-symbol on his breathing apparatus, because branding man. Branding!
Speaking of the Soultaker sword, I think we’ll get to see some of its power in action judging by this snippet of Katana action. Think of it as mobile Shang Tsung DLC.
Well the Joker has certainly seen some better days. Whether this is from the flashback or later in the film is unclear, but that pale complexion of his is looking a little worse for wear.
How powerful is a pyromaniac then? Well once he happens to be psyched up enough Jay Hernandez as El Diablo happens to have enough “firepower” within him to scorch entire armies by the look of things. And if the interaction with him and Deadshot is any indication, he’s been trying his damndest to keep it all under control.
Harley Quinn: A qualified shrink and Olympic-class gymnast. Who happens to be completely nuts. Which makes her perfect for scenarios where you have to lithely balance on a rope while hanging perilously high above the ground.
And also a great bartender apparently. It’s small scenes like these, that give Suicide Squad something that was lacking in Batman V Superman: A personality. Suicide Squad is out on August 5 and stars Will Smith, Jay Hernandez, Jared Leto, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Viola Davis, Adam Beach, Common , Ike Barinholtz, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.