Now that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has shrugged off the critics and opened to a whopping $424 million worldwide, Warner Bros. looks forward to their next installment. While DC’s superheroes took center stage in Batman V Superman, Warner Bros.’ next big screen adventure, Suicide Squad, will give the limelight to the more nefarious side of their sequential art.
It’s already been revealed that, despite the potentially darker material, Suicide Squad will retain a PG-13 rating to maximize potential viewership. The studio has already given fans their first taste of the villainous collaboration, teased characters and connections from the August release, but now they need to make sure fans remember the Squad is coming.
Devotees hungry for more can take a gander at the new international trailer (via Comic Book.com). Mainly made up of clips from the prior trailers and teasers, the international trailer is a condensed version with more character-driven action shots. It also includes another glimpse of the human side of Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). The international trailer is also slightly more Joker-centric than the original, but mostly focuses on the carnage and mayhem inflicted upon and by these valiant villains. David Ayer offers a few words about what fueled his interest in directing Task Force X’s mission:
“These people who are rejected by the world, who think they aren’t good people, beyond just ‘Hey, we’re villains and we do bad things’ but are really people who believe they are deserving of love and friendship.”
In addition to the international trailer, fans can catch a couple of fresh high-res shots from the feature in USA Today. The latest image shows three members of the team, Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc. It looks like they’re inside some sort of complex and armed to the teeth. The second image is a group shot of the assembled task force, looking damp but ready for action.
Overall, the international trailer is a rapid-fire reworking of previous footage. Still, between the milliseconds of additional footage and the new image, the upcoming Suicide Squad movie is looking to build upon the success of its more traditionally heroic predecessor. Despite the negative critical response, fan and box office response to Batman V Superman made it the largest international superhero opening weekend on record. No matter its staying power in theaters and final box office take, the DCEU’s next release will be heavily scrutinized, especially with major films like Wonder Woman and Justice League on deck for next year.
As challenging as it is introducing a large cast and putting them through their paces in such an action-packed film, Ayer has a proven track record for making entertaining and action-packed ensemble films (Fury, Street Kings). If the finished film is half as fun as the trailers, Suicide Squad could be a real tour-de-force and keep the DCEU on track.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 16th, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19th, 2020.