David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will introduce a whole team of supervillains who exist in the DC cinematic universe established by Man of Steel (a.k.a. the DC Extended Universe), when it arrives less than six months after Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduces such players as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and (of course) Batman into the mix, this upcoming spring. The cast members for Suicide Squad include Will Smith as Deadshot, Margo Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, and Oscar-winner Jared Leto as The Joker.
The first Suicide Squad trailer – which premiered at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con – introduces most of the eponymous pack of super-villains, accompanied by Becky Hanson’s moodier rendition of The Bee Gees’ tune, “I Started a Joke”. Warner Bros. Pictures isn’t expected to release the second trailer for the film until February at the earliest (possibly when Deadpool arrives in theaters), but we might now have some details on what form the theatrical preview will take.
HH‘s Umberto Gonzalez has posted what is allegedly a shot-for-shot breakdown of the second Suicide Squad trailer – one that (like its predecessor) will juxtapose its comic book crime/thriller footage with an offbeat choice of music – this time, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. This isn’t the first time that the aforementioned Queen song has been named-dropped as the potential music of choice for the next Suicide Squad trailer either, so there may be some actual fire behind the smoke of this particular HH report.
Here’s the general outline of what the second Suicide Squad trailer is going to show, according to HH‘s breakdown:
- Members of the Suicide Squad – which, in addition to the aforementioned characters (sans Joker), includes Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) – are shown in their prison cells. We then get to see the various baddies in action, once they have been set loose and are unleashed on the unsuspecting public.
- The members of the Suicide Squad are shown battling a variety of monsters and one giant CGI creature, described as having been created by Enchantress.
- Quick cuts of key scenes from Harley’s past (example: Joker pulling Harley out of a chemical tank and acting, well, very Joker-y in general), as well as sequences that illustrate the Suicide Squad’s unabashed love for chaos and depravity.
You can read HH‘s full report for the finer details of how Suicide Squad footage is framed by “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the upcoming trailer, along with more information on how the film’s Comic-Con footage is re-mixed and combined with fresh material there. However, it sounds as though the main intent behind the trailer is to further introduce the Suicide Squad and its members’ respective personalities – as well as their powers or, in the case of someone like Harley, “abilities” – and their dynamic when they are on missions together, without also firmly spelling out exactly what the central threat/baddie in the film is. That said, by the sound of it, containing the supernaturally-powered Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) will be one of the primary challenges (if not the primary one) that the Suicide Squad are tasked with in the film, as has been rumored in the past.
The Suicide Squad trailer breakdown also indicates that Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) serves as the ringleader for the eponymous group of incarcerated supervillains, under the supervision of A.R.G.U.S. head Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Previously-leaked Suicide Squad set images indicate Deadshot’s backstory and the events that shaped him will be explored in the film, and it sounds as though Harley’s origins shall be included in the movie too (as the first trailer and another leaked set photo hinted would be the case). Most of Harley’s scenes with Joker will unfold via flashback it seems, but her prominence in this new trailer breakdown suggests the character gets a significant amount of development in Ayer’s actual film – something that should please the many Harley fans out there.
Perhaps the last big takeaway from HH‘s Suicide Squad trailer breakdown is how the preview positions itself as being “not your average superhero movie” – with its “Worst. Heroes. Ever.” tagline and having characters like Harley flat out saying “We’re bad guys. It’s what we do.” 20th Century Fox has taken a similar approach to marketing the upcoming Deadpool – with trailers emphasizing that the Merc with a Mouth’s solo movie is a “different” kind of superhero film. Both Deadpool and Suicide Squad combine badly-behaved comic book characters with different genres (crime/thriller and raunchy action/comedy), and have the potential to put a refreshing new spin on the world of superheroes in movies – if they’re handled correctly, of course.
Indeed, between films like Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the upcoming supernatural adventure that is Doctor Strange, 2016 could the year that firmly drives home just how different a “superhero movie” can actually be. That’s a good thing too, seeing as the DCEU will only be getting started in 2016 – and it’s not as though Fox and Marvel Studios are planning to call it quits on their own superhero cinematic universes anytime soon, either.
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.