Worst. Heroes. Ever. That seems to be the general thesis statement surround Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad. Based on everything that has been shown so far, it seems like a fairly apt description. Much of the studio’s slate of upcoming DC movies revolves around introducing and fleshing out several members of the Justice League. However, Suicide Squad stands out as a unique way to expand the DC Extended Universe by highlighting just how dastardly its villains can be — while still having plenty of fun along the way.

Between its tone and its cast of relatively obscure characters, Suicide Squad represents a pretty big gamble for DC and WB. However, a new TV spot for the film has just been released teasing humorous but still action-packed affair.

The new promo released by Warner Bros. showcases some fairly familiar footage to anyone who has kept up with the Suicide Squad marketing campaign. It’s a quick TV spot, with Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) narrating how these DC universe criminals have been conscripted to take on a mission that will almost surely get them killed. As the video progresses just about every character on the squad gets a moment to shine: Deadshot (Will Smith) blows people away, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) scorches buildings, and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) gleefully chews her bubble gum. Throughout all of this, The Joker (Jared Leto) — ever the wild card — just laughs as he incites chaos all around him.

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Although the TV spot doesn’t have the same level of pageantry as the recent full length trailer — no “Bohemian Rhapsody” playing over the affair — it still effectively differentiates itself from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero melee has an overwhelmingly gloomy aura surrounding it, Suicide Squad seems to take on a more punk-rock aesthetic. The members of Task Force X may be on a literal suicide mission, but when it involves characters like Joker the proceedings inevitably take on a different tone.

In many ways Suicide Squad will be the movie that makes or breaks the early stages of the DC Extended Universe. A willingness to strike a balance between gloom and fun will likely work in Suicide Squad‘s favor, as the film itself does not inherently lend itself to box office success. Batman V Superman may be the easier draw, as The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel facing of on-screen for the first time ever feels like a recipe for success.

The question, then, is whether or not Suicide Squad can generate the same level of enthusiasm with these mostly B and C-list characters — Joker and Harley notwithstanding. It’s still incredibly early, but the livelier, more humorous tone of Suicide Squad seems to be working in the film’s favor.

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.

Source: Warner Bros.

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