There are a number of reasons why Margot Robbie is the ideal Suicide Squad cast member to represent the upcoming pic at a sports-centric event like the 2016 ESPYs — not the least of which are the facts that her version of Harley Quinn is styled like a gothy cheerleader type and she wields a baseball bat as her weapon of choice. Most importantly, though, she’s willing to bring some humor into the mix and prove that this film, will not be just another superhero (or villain, as the case may be) movie.
Ever since Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’s lackluster release results, rumors of director David Ayer and his “skwad” touching up the pic to add in some key moments of levity have been flying. And even though Ayer denied the reshoots that were done on Squad this spring were meant to imbue some last-minute laughables into the pic, he has been touting the movie’s level of fun.
In the spirit of earning an early chuckle, Robbie appeared in the film’s new ESPYs ad (above), which also featured New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, to talk about the fact that she and her pals are a livelier bunch than people give them credit for. In the clip, Gronk plays the set therapist — likely, a nod to the fact that Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel was previously in that line of work, which is how she came to know the Joker in the first place — and asks her to reveal what’s bothering her. That’s when she tells him about her team and reveals that we’ve got it all wrong.
With the promo, we are fully reminded that Suicide Squad boasts gobs of badassery — like Deadshot (Will Smith)’s impeccable aim and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez)’s fiery appetite for destruction. Plus there’s some good old-fashioned teamwork and determination, as well as some humor sprinkled in here and there, too. Meanwhile, Jared Leto’s done his part to remind us, yet again, that we have a lot of distinct craziness to look forward to from his end with that disturbing in-character selfie he shared yesterday.
Overall, the Xs and Os of this movie’s proverbial playbook are pretty solidly fundamental. Will you be lining up to watch the show on opening night? Is this a team even sports fans can rally around, as the ad placement here clearly hopes to suggest?
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016. Next up on the DC Slate is 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.