DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad movie has generated massive buzz, and not just for being the first major supervillain team-up movie to hit theaters – nor for being an adaptation of one of DC Comics’ longtime cult-hit properties. No, Suicide Squad‘s hype is due to a star-studded cast led by Will Smith as Deadshot, which includes Jared Leto as the new Joker, and Smith’s Focus co-star Margot Robbie as Joker’s manic flame, Harley Quinn.
Now that the world is very much aware that Suicide Squad is happening, there’s been a ton of scrutiny on the film, which is currently in production in Toronto. Early set photos revealed Will Smith as FLoyd Lawton / Deadshot in his civilian persona, but today’s collection of set photos and videos are all about the supervillain action.
CBM collected the latest roundup of Suicide Squad set materials, which features the team (aka “Task Force X”) in a heated battle scene, aided by some military personnel:
The set photos depict several different things, but generally seem to capture a major showdown involving Task Force X, who seem to have military liaisons along for the fight. Previous plot story rumors about Suicide Squad offer two main possibilities for the action sequence in question: Task Force X’s assault on a military convoy, in order to retrieve a bio-weapon (Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress), or a major sequence at the end of the film involving a riot at Belle Reve prison. Of course both those scenarios are just RUMORED to take place, so the sequence in the set photos could be something else entirely.
That said, the photos clearly show that Enchantress is the one team member missing from the scene, which would lend credit to the theory that this is a big heist set piece, presumably somewhere in the center of the film. Again, that’s all speculation, based on our observations of the photos. Based on the state of the terrain (flame and rubble), it could also be a prison riot sequence.
Other things of NOTE: In the one set photo above, you can see Will Smith seemingly reading Harley Quinn’s tattoos, which are tatted on the thigh that Smith seems to be checking out so intently. That particular thigh was obscured in the first Suicide Squad cast photo that director David Ayer released; it’s hard to make the tats out clearly, but two of them seem like clusters of four squares that form a diamond shape – an ode to the original Jester costume the character wore when she debuted on Batman: The Animated Series in the ’90s.
More importantly, the tats further suggest that these DCMU versions of Harley and Joker WILL indeed have the prison/punk-style tattoo jobs, which were recently hinted to be the couple’s “thing” in an alleged leaked promo photo. Most of the other juicy observed details from the set photos also belong to Ms. Quinn. That includes the tats, the shirt that (now fully revealed) reads “Daddy’s Lil’ Monster,” the signature baseball bat weaponry, Adidas platform shoes, and a general tone that’s in keeping with the “New 52” continuity.
Moreover, the set photos show just how pale Harley’s skin will be (again suggesting that early reaction to her and Joker’s seemingly healthier skin tone was unfounded); the jacket she’s wearing also says “Property of Joker” on the back, suggesting that maybe Harley isn’t quite so over her “Mister J” when the film begins. Rumor has it the story starts with her and Deadshot both trying to pull prison breaks at Arkham Asylum; sounds right for a Harley Quinn who still has a sycophantic obsession with her “puddin’.”
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.