This week (at the time of writing this) has proven to be a rewarding one, when it comes to details on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie. New images of the film’s super-villain characters – including Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress and, of course, Jared Leto’s Joker – have been released, leading to excited fans dissecting and scrutinizing all of the content they can get their hands on.
As if those images were not tantalizing enough already, we now have magazine covers featuring additional characters from Ayer’s upcoming addition to the DC Extended Universe. (That is, the DC Movie Universe that began with Man of Steel and will continue next with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice before Suicide Squad arrives in Summer 2016.)
Empire Magazine has posted the following magazine covers, featuring Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Floyd Lawton AKA Deadshot (Will Smith). You can check out those high-res images, below:
This image is pretty much quintessentially Harley Quinn. Gleefully holding her bat and pistol, Robbie’s appearance looks pulled straight from the Arkham video games; an earlier Empire coverage of the film indicated that “Harley is easily distracted, but up for following orders if it means destroying things” — a notion that the picture perfectly conveys. The smeared blue makeup around her eyes conveys a sense of sadness and crying, which juxtaposed against her smile gives her a sense of unpredictability.
When compared to Harley, Deadshot seems much more somber and grounded in his portrayal. He lacks the white mask that Deadshot will wear during portions of the film — because you hide a star like Will Smith as little as possible — but he’s otherwise decked out in full combat gear. His equipment bears the traditional red and black Deadshot color scheme, too. Empire indicated that Deadshot gives Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag a hard time throughout the movie, but his demeanor here would indicate he does so in a more sane manner — the way soldiers would in a fox hole — rather than someone who poses a true threat.
Smith also provided the following tidbit to Empire:
“[Deadshot’s] actually eyeballing [Harley] a little bit. There’s a pretty ragged romantic triangle there [between them and the Joker].”
Based on this, as well as the Suicide Squad SDCC 2015 trailer, it seems that Deadshot will represent the audience’s way into the movie – as the least unhinged villain they can get behind. The decision to highlight four characters – Joker, Harley, Enchantress, and Deadshot – thus far seems telling about the nature of Suicide Squad, too. While the film will feature a robust ensemble of DC characters, the focus of attention may stay on these four players in particular. This notion has precedence in other media, as the DC animated feature Batman: Assault on Arkham (released in 2014) told a similar story.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19, 2020.