Warner Bros.’ hotly-anticipated supervillain team-up movie Suicide Squad features a mix of talent – from up-and-comers like Cara Delevingne and Jai Courtney to more established names like Jared Leto, who plays the latest iteration of the Joker. Perhaps the biggest star in the movie, however, is Will Smith, who plays deadly hit man Floyd Lawton a.k.a. Deadshot – so-called for his expert marksmanship.
Floyd’s skills have landed him in a cell in Belle Reve prison – a fate made worse by the fact that he has a young daughter that he’s supposed to be looking out for. Fortunately, a chance at a reprieve comes along in the form of his assignment to Task Force X, a special ops team made up of “the most dangerous people on the planet,” masterminded by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) as the ideal solution for extremely dangerous and potentially disastrous missions.
Yesterday we got a minute-long Suicide Squad trailer that focused on Waller, and today brings Deadshot’s own trailer (via Machinima), in which we see him interacting with Ike Barinholtz’s sadistic prison guard, Alpha 01. In the trailer we learn that Deadshot hates to be called by his given name, and that he and Alpha 01 have an extremely antagonistic relationship. His relationship with Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is seemingly a little better, though he apparently doesn’t take kindly to being threatened.
It seems very likely that more of these character-focused trailers are on the way, and will perhaps be released throughout Comic-Con 2016, where the “skwad” are set to be one of the pillars of Warner Bros.’ lineup. Box office projections for Suicide Squad are already looking good, but if the movie gets a big push at Comic-Con it could be elevated even further. Given the mixed response to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year and the similarly polarizing effect of its predecessor, Man of Steel, the DC Extended Universe could do with one solid hit before it gets into full swing – even if it’s the villains that save the day.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 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. The Flash is currently without a release date.