With Suicide Squad‘s release now less than a month away, and plenty of buzz surrounding the film, many are wondering if this supervillain team-up caper could end up becoming the most successful entry in the DC Extended Universe so far. Directed by David Ayer (Fury) with a cast that includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker and Will Smith as Deadshot, Suicide Squad promises to be a badly-behaved, gleefully anarchic outing for some of the biggest (and also some of the lesser-known) villains from the pages of DC Comics.
Now that marketing has entered the final stretch, with a major presence expected at San Diego Comic-Con this month, there has been a rush of new images and details thanks to Suicide Squad being the featured topic in a number of different magazines. Recent weeks have also seen the release of a couple of tie-in music videos featuring tunes from the movie’s soundtrack, which seems set to be a keystone of its appeal.
Yesterday Entertainment Weekly revealed a set of covers featuring the Suicide Squad and their handlers – Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). Now EW has unveiled a gallery of mugshot-style portraits of the “skwad,” photographed by Clay Enos, with bright lighting offering a slightly more detailed look at their character designs from the chest up. Check out the images below:
The gallery also includes captions that offer some interesting insights into the characters and the group dynamic. For example, the Joker’s bio says that his separation from Harley Quinn is “a rift that has left him agitated and… well, slightly sad” (Harley would be delighted to know he cares so much). Diablo (Jay Hernandez), who has come across as one of the more somber, quiet members of the Suicide Squad in trailers, is apparently not without remorse, having suppressed his pyrokinetic powers “as penance for the horrors he inflicted on those he’s loved.”
One the “good guy” side of things, Rick Flag “executes Amanda Waller’s orders – though he may not always agree with her goals or methods,” while Katana is described as “Flag’s sword-wielding No. 2,” and “has a strong moral code even as she still mourns the death of her husband.”
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.