When it was originally announced, Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad was largely viewed as a “dessert” offering to accompany the launch of the DC Extended Universe through Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was thought to be a fun, naughty, villain-centric spinoff from the more “important” main course that many compared to Marvel’s similarly fun-focused Guardians of The Galaxy.
But now, since Batman V Superman wound up under-performing at the box office and taking a beating from many critics, Squad (along with star and current Hollywood It Girl Margot Robbie) has found itself thrust into the unlikely role of the DCEU’s summer 2016 savior – a chance for Warner Bros to show moviegoers what their movie universe is capable of. Now, Robbie takes center stage in promoting Suicide Squad’s upcoming release.
The Warner Bros. India Twitter account released a new poster prominently featuring Robbie’s Harley Quinn along with a reminder that fans only have another month’s wait to find out if Suicide Squad is the DC Comics blockbuster they’ve been asking for. Take a look at the poster:
Directed by infamous tough-guy action specialist David Ayer and based on the cult-classic DC Comics series, Suicide Squad depicts a government-backed black ops program that recruits incarcerated supervillains into dangerous covert missions with the promise of reprieve – providing they survive. Along with Robbie’s Quinn and Will Smith as the assassin Deadshot, memorable DC super-criminals like Slipknot, Killer Croc, Diablo and The Enchantress are part of the film’s team that comes together under the orders of enigmatic government operative Amanda Waller.
The film made headlines earlier in the summer when a series of reshoots were ordered shortly after the audience and critical reactions began to pour in for Dawn of Justice, with subsequent reports claiming that the film was being reworked in order to add a greater focus on humor and more camaraderie between the main characters. Various figures involved with the production have disputed the extent of these reshoots, while not denying that they did take place.
In contrast to other major comic book films of the year, much of Suicide Squad’s actual story has been held back from trailers and TV spots, though it’s clear that the “heroes” find themselves outnumbered against what looks to be a large foe of either alien or supernaturally powered enemies. It will also be the first of the DC Extended Universe features to explicitly tie magical and supernatural elements into the main narrative via Enchantress, though the full nature of her abilities is currently unknown.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; 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: Warner Bros India