Comic-Con International 2016 gets underway in San Diego in just over a month (from the time of writing this), so stories about which comic book film adaptations will have major presences at Comic-Con this year have started to roll out. Marvel Studios will for certain feature its next two movie releases (Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) during its own Hall H presentation, while Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are planning to use their own Comic-Con panel to ramp up anticipation for this August’s DC Extended Universe installment, Suicide Squad.
Suicide Squad, as it were, has been generating positive buzz for some time now and has only picked up momentum in recent weeks – as WB/DC continues rolling out entertainingly kinetic TV commercials for the film, while writer/director David Ayer and his cast have kept the conversation about the movie going by revealing more and more offbeat details about the process of making the DC supervillain romp. WB has now unveiled another colorful poster showcasing the movie’s characters, in order to further assure that comic book and superhero fans keep talking about Ayer’s flick and its “Worst. Heroes. Ever.”
The poster, which Ayer also posted to his Twitter account (with the comment “Skwad Up people!”), features shady government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) alongside the various super-criminals whom she recruits to be a part of Task Force X: a team that carries out all-but-suicidal missions, in exchange for reduced prison sentences for its members. Near the bottom of the newest Suicide Squad poster (see below) is Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as June Moone: a regular human who, after being possessed by the spirit of a witch, becomes the sorceress Enchantress (who may or may not be the main antagonist of Ayer’s DC Comics movie).
All of the main characters in Suicide Squad are present and accounted for in this new poster, including Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). It’s also been confirmed – via trailer footage – that Ben Affleck as Batman makes an appearance in the movie (an impressive one at that, according to certain early Suicide Squad screening reactions); in addition, the film is expected to include its share of “Easter Eggs” that connect it to DCEU films past (Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) and future (Wonder Woman, Justice League, and so forth).
Nevertheless, Suicide Squad is more of a standalone movie than any other announced DCEU film so far – seeing as it takes place in the DCEU universe, yet doesn’t appear to focus too much on plot points or characters that are central to the DCEU’s over-arching Justice League saga. Ayer’s film is perhaps the DC equivalent to Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy movies in that respect, as they both have more storytelling freedom that most other installments in their respective cinematic universes. If everything works out as well for Suicide Squad as it did for Guardians of the Galaxy, then Ayer’s film could prove to be the nice kick in the pants that the DCEU needs in order to progress to the next stage of its evolution.
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; 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 Part Two 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. Pictures