Suicide Squad, the next installment in the DC Extended Universe scheduled to arrive in theaters, begs comparison to Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy in several ways. Like Guardians, Suicide Squad is a comic book book movie arriving in August and is based on relatively niche source material. Despite that, Suicide Squad has generated much interest ahead of its theatrical bow, thanks to an energetic (and often weird) marketing campaign fueled by trailers set to an eclectic mix of music befitting the movie’s equally off-beat characters (again, similar to Guardians‘ trailers).
Joker (Jared Leto) and his counterpart Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are the Suicide Squad characters who have played the most important roles throughout the film’s marketing push, due in no small part to them also being the film’s best-known DC Comics characters. That trend continues with the latest batch of Suicide Squad images released online – though, other members of the Skwad (a.k.a. Task Force X) are highlighted here, too.
Pictured above are several key members of Task Force X: a team composed primarily of criminals with either super-powers and/or highly-lethal skills, who are recruited by government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to carry out extremely dangerous missions in exchange for reduced prison sentences in Suicide Squad. Shown here specifically are Task Force X members Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Harley Quinn, as well as Deadshot (Will Smith), the Squad’s non-criminal leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), and Diablo (Jay Hernandez).
Seen above is Common’s character “Monster T”, along with Joker and Harley in what appears to be a flashback sequence from Suicide Squad that takes place before Harley is imprisoned. Common previously confirmed that his character “Monster T” (rumored to be a loose adaptation of the DC Comics character Tattoo Man) is “in business with the Joker,” and this image further confirms so much to be true.
A screenshot very similar to the above Suicide Squad image was previously released online, around the time that post-production on the film had been concluded. This image appears to come from a scene where Joker and Harley engage in a car chase with Batman (Ben Affleck) – one that, as the trailers for the movie have suggested, ends with Joker abandoning Harley and the Caped Crusader taking Harley off to jail.
The above image – showing Harley sipping tea (?) and enjoying a good read – is yet another photo that calls attention to the character’s famously quirky (or unhinged, take your pick) personality. Robbie has also confirmed that Harley’s trademark gymnastics abilities and fighting style (from comic books and cartoon TV series past) is carried over into the Suicide Squad movie, too.
Shown above is Katana (Karen Fukuhara), a samurai-esque warrior – as well as another rare member of Task Force X who, it appears, may not be a full-blown convict. Fukuhara has already spoken in public about her enthusiasm for the role, noting that Katana is still one of the few Asian superheroes to be depicted in a comic book adaptation/superhero movie to date.
Last, but not least, we have a picture of Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer working on a scene with costar Will Smith. Ayer has long been in the business of telling stories about anti-hero types, going back to his time writing the original Fast and the Furious in the early 2000s – and more recently, with his work on the dramatic WWII action/thriller, Fury. Combined with his unconventional directorial approach on the film, there’s fair reason to think Suicide Squad could prove to be something special in Ayer’s capable hands, for that reason.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; 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. The Flash is currently without a release date.