Writer/director David Ayer’s upcoming DC comic book movie adaptation Suicide Squad centers around a group of incarcerated supervillains – one which counts an extremely-deadly gunman, a cannibalistic reptile/human, and a warrior with a sword that can imprison souls among its ranks. It’s perhaps fitting, then, the the marketing campaign for a movie that features such a flat-out weird batch of protagonists has been darkly demented and quirky in its own right – from its trailers’ usage of catchy pop songs (most of them from the film’s soundtrack) to the very appearance of the characters who make up the eponymous “Skwad” (a.k.a. Task Force X).
Most people seem to agree that the Suicide Squad marketing team has so far also delivered the goods in the posters department, as most recently evidenced by the reactions to the film’s latest eye-catching one sheet – one that depicts the various members of Task Force X as part of a brightly-colored (and twisted) explosion of super-villain insanity. If you dug that Suicide Squad poster, then you ought to appreciate the movie’s newly-unveiled IMAX poster, too.
One of the recurring elements of the Suicide Squad marketing campaign to date has been the use of playful imagery (brightly-colored lollipops, for example), juxtaposed with the more threatening designs of the film’s actual characters. It’s an approach that’s all the more appropriate for a comic book movie about a team of criminals that includes Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), a character whose own bright and bubbly appearance clashes with her not-so-healthy state of mind. As the film’s newly-released IMAX poster – depicting the Suicide Squad characters as part of a marshmallow breakfast cereal – puts it, though, “We Need Them Bad”… if they’re going to save the day, that is.
You can check out the Suicide Squad IMAX poster below, followed by the new banner released for the film:
Who (or what) the world is being saved by Task Force X from, however, is a question that has remained unanswered in the build-up to Suicide Squad‘s theatrical release. The popular theory is that Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) is the one controlling the mysterious supernatural creatures – referred to as the “Eyes of the Adversary” by the movie’s producer Charles Roven – that the “Skwad” is shown fighting in Suicide Squad trailers and TV commercials. However, some fans that speculated that Task Force X head honcho Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) may ultimately prove to be the film’s true antagonist, in some way or another… though, in a movie like this, even Waller can only be the true “bad guy” in a relative sense of the label.
Case in point: Suicide Squad‘s character roster also includes such not-so-noble DC Comics players as Joker (Jared Leto), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Diablo (Jay Hernandez), as well as Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), among others. So really, the question to ask here is less “Which one is the bad one?” and more “Which one is the worst one?”
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