Warner Bros. has begun making a few changes to their DC Extended Universe in the wake of Batman V Superman‘s less than stellar reception. Ben Affleck is now an executive producer alongside director Zack Snyder on Justice League, giving him more control when it comes to creative decisions for the film. And as for the DCEU as a whole, WB has placed DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns in charge of the film slate – a position similar, though not exact, to what Kevin Feige holds with Marvel Studios. John’s plan for the cinematic universe is to bring in more “hope” and “optimism“, something of an obvious response to those who criticized Batman v Superman for being too dark and bleak.
For their next film, however, hope and optimism need not apply. Suicide Squad is a decidedly different animal than Batman v Superman – in both intent and the reaction its earned. Ever since its first trailer debuted during San Diego Comic-Con, the buzz surrounding Suicide Squad has only grown. WB recently held an early test screening for the film and the response was very positive, making it all the more likely the studio may officially confirm those rumored plans for a sequel before too long.
Of the many characters appearing in Suicide Squad, it’s a certain two who have received most of the attention – Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). The pair have been immensely popular characters for DC on both the page and in their many animated cartoons and films, but Suicide Squad is the first time these two psychos-in-love will appear together in live action.
To mark the occasion, Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts have unveiled their versions of the characters from their upcoming line of Suicide Squad actions figures. Check them out, below:
The quality on the sculpt of an action figure can certainly vary, and especially when they’re attempting to resemble the likeness of an actual person. However, these look really great – more like high quality statues than articulated figures. The attention to detail is pretty spectacular for their costumes and accessories. They have even reproduced the rips of Harley’s t-shirt!
Without a doubt, this Harley Quinn has captured Margot Robbie’s appearance better than the Joker figure has Jared Leto’s. Maybe it’s the silver teeth or the sunken, lifeless eyes, but this Joker doesn’t evoke quite the same intensity as the real thing. But Harley’s figure looks phenomenal and eerily like Robbie, with an expression straight out of the trailers. Maybe the sculptors are just as excited about Harley’s future in the DCEU as Warner Bros. is.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.