Ever since the release of Suicide Squad‘s first trailer, there has been something innately intriguing about the film, instinctively drawing attention from prospective moviegoers. Even with all of the negative press surrounding the franchise’s early 2016 endeavor Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it appears as though this villain-focused comic book movie is still picking up steam heading into its early August release. With reports of Jared Leto’s wild antics (including reportedly mailing his fellow co-stars dead rats) in preparation for his turn as the infamous Joker, and with the positive reception of both the film’s rock-n-roll infused trailers, it seems as though there is nothing stopping hordes of moviegoing fans from lining up on opening night to see just what Suicide Squad is all about.
The hype is certainly palpable for the David Ayer-directed film, as it truly appears to offer fans something different within the genre of comic book films. In a year that has already given audiences Deadpool, the aforementioned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad looks to provide fans with some counter-programming within the genre toward the tail end of the summer moviegoing season.
With Suicide Squad less than a month away, Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue features 4 collector’s covers featuring the film’s various villains. Each collectible cover features a different set of characters from the upcoming film: the first cover features both Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker (Jared Leto); the second of the four covers displays Deadshot (Will Smith), Enchantress (Cara Delevigne), and Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman); Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) are all on full display on the third cover; lastly, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Katana (Karen Fukuhara) are all featured on the issue’s final collectible cover.
The latest issue of the magazine is scheduled to hit newsstands this Friday, July 8th. The cover story will, of course, be Suicide Squad-focused and will contain an exclusive interview with the film’s director David Ayer. Check out the covers below:
The four collectible covers appear to really capture the spirit and tone of what has already been shown of the film through its trailers. Suicide Squad looks to be a fun romp with a group of villains in a film that does not take itself too seriously, and these images appear to truly embody that sentiment. For comic book movie diehards who were somewhat displeased with earlier images of the gang in their respective costumes, more exposure may also help to acclimate moviegoers and brace them for an adventure that is hopefully unlike anything the genre has seen before.
As alluded to earlier, DC and Warner Brothers have taken a few hits this year in regard to their comic book movie franchise, so a bit of good press will certainly be welcomed by the studio. With positivity simply radiating from the recent Justice League set visits, and with Suicide Squad just weeks away, it appears as though the ship might be back on course for the DC Extended Universe after all.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League 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 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.
Source: Entertainment Weekly