By the time Suicide Squad rolls around in theaters later this year, we should already have a pretty good idea of what direction the DC Extended Universe is headed in. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have already premiered, introducing us to several new DC heroes like Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and both Wonder Woman and Justice League will have either begun or wrapped production.
While Batman v Superman will be important in revealing the heroic side of the new DCEU, Suicide Squad will be instrumental in introducing us to its villains. The main team of Task Force X will feature a number of villainous characters that are integral to the future of the DCEU, like Will Smith’s Headshot (who is rumored to be featured in the upcoming Batman solo film), Jared Leto’s intimidating new Joker, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, among others.
In Cineplex‘s guide to the movies of 2016, Margot Robbie briefly spoke about what it was like to play Harley, joking about her connection to the character:
Harley is creepy, violent, crazy — all of the things that I aspire to be! No. It’s the fun of living vicariously through someone who is doing things that I would never do in real life.
Evidently, Robbie had a fun time getting to portray a character as brazen as Harley. As we have already seen in the Suicide Squad trailer, Quinn is far from afraid of a fight. As such, the questionable morality of the team and the extents they’re willing to go to will likely be a major theme examined by director David Ayer in the film.
In the same article, Quinn also talked about her experience recruiting Smith – who she had known from their previous film Focus – for Suicide Squad after learning he was in talks for the part of Deadshot:
I enjoyed working with Will so, so much that I was overjoyed when I heard that we would be working together again. I actually texted him when I heard he was in negotiations to be in Suicide Squad and kept peer-pressuring him, ‘You’d better be taking this movie!’ He obviously signed on for his own reasons, but I was so incredibly happy that we got to do Round Two. He’s awesome on set and awesome off set. He’s just a really, really good person.
While the film itself may have underwhelmed, the on-screen chemistry between Smith and Robbie in Focus was unquestionable. Hopefully Suicide Squad will feature more of the same from the actors, although their dynamic will likely be a little different given the differences of their characters in each. It won’t be long before we may get a peek into more of Quinn and Deadshot, as a new trailer is set to premiere later this month on The CW. Till then, we’ll just have to go off the little we saw of them in the first preview, too.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is 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 then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.