The summer of 2016 is an odd one in that there are no superhero movies releasing. All three of the year's big, superhero franchise, tentpole films - Batman V Superman, Civil War, and X-Men: Apocalypse - released in the spring, and even the box office darling Deadpool had itself a chilly February release. However, there is one film poised to burst onto the scene this summer but it isn't exactly a superhero movie - Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.' next installment in the DC Extended Universe featuring a team of bad guys brought together to (hopefully) do some good.
That may sound similar to another comic book film from a couple of years back - Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. But that's really where the comparisons end, because though Guardians too had a team of ne'er-do-wells coming together for the greater good, Suicide Squad's Task Force X aren't so much of a united front as they are conscripts in Amanda Waller's army. Still, the trailers have made a point of setting rapid-fire cuts of intense action to catchy pop music, much like Guardians' trailers, so it's fair to say Suicide Squad aims to strike the same chord with audiences - that of a funny and fast-paced action flick centered on a group of misfits.
And that isn't all Suicide Squad is looking to take from Guardians of the Galaxy. According to latest box office predictions (via The Wrap), Suicide Squad is projected to make roughly $115 million in its opening weekend, toppling Guardians and its $94.3 million from the number one spot for August box office openings. If those figures hold true, it would mean Suicide Squad won't quite beat the opening of either Batman V Superman or Civil War, which earned $166 and $180 million on their respective opening weekends. But, for a film starring a group of comic book characters with little to no mainstream recognition (The Joker and Harley Quinn probably being the most well-known) anything beyond $100 million will be a more than impressive haul for an opening weekend.
There are a lot of factors contributing to the high anticipation for Suicide Squad, but there's certainly an argument to be made for the strength of its marketing. From its trailers to posters and everything in between, Suicide Squad's unique style and energy are fully on display. The film clearly operates within the already established DCEU, but it's serving as an entirely different facet of the universe, one that's more grunge than grim, streaked with the bright and flashy colors of pop art.
With hype for Suicide Squad at an all time high, it should come as no surprise the film will have a major presence at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, where it will serve as the centerpiece of WB's Hall H presentation. There's also a bevy of Skwad-related activities for attendees to check out, including a recreation of the infamous Belle Reve Penitentiary and displays in the exhibit hall of the film's many costumes. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more from Suicide Squad and San Diego Comic-Con!
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.
Source: The Wrap