While 2016 is slated to be jam-packed with all the superhero mayhem you could ever want, need, or ask for, one film in particular looks to stand out from the pack. With its focus on villains rather than heroes, Suicide Squad promises to be a comic book movie unlike any that’s come before - one that significantly expands the mythos Warner Brothers and DC have been building for their cinematic universe, too.
Suicide Squad follows a gang of legendary DC baddies who’ve been imprisoned and recruited to join a top secret squadron - one tasked with deadly missions, in order to earn time off their sentences. Led by the notoriously ambiguous Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), the team includes Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Enchantress (Care Delevingne), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman). Also set to appear are the new Joker (Jared Leto) and Batman (Ben Affleck), after the latter debuts first in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) has formally announced on Twitter that the Suicide Squad production has wrapped, after the news got out earlier this week. To mark the occasion, the director posted a photo of the entire cast and crew, as seen below:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 28, 2015
The film's wrap marks the end of an uphill battle faced by cast and crew to win over the hearts and minds of fans who have been famously skeptical of Suicide Squad's casting decisions and direction. The reaction to Leto’s Joker look was especially divisive, with commenters taking umbrage at his "style". Robbie's appearance has likewise rubbed some fans the wrong way, when compared to Harley Quinns past (like in the Batman: The Animated Series). However, the overall fan reception has warmed since the release of Suicide Squad footage at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Meanwhile, to further commemorate the end of production, Delevingne uploaded a pair of pictures to her Instagram account, showing herself getting in on the Suicide Squad cast's trend of getting tattoos (and giving their coworkers matching tattoos), to celebrate the end of shooting. Have a look at those pics, below:
Suicide Squad definitely presents risks to WB/DC's universe-building efforts, but one that could prove to pay off nicely. So far, the DC approach has been to embrace the grimdark elements of its properties, which marks a vast difference from Marvel’s slick, glossy approach. To that end, Suicide Squad gels nicely with their overall approach. Gritty realism is the hallmark of the DC cinematic universe, even with its cast of high powered superheroes. From this angle, we might just be surprised by what the studio has to offer, and Suicide Squad could make a huge splash on its release.
It’s heartening to see such enthusiasm from the cast in regards to Suicide Squad and it speaks well to the quality of film they have been attempting to produce. Cast members don’t always agree to get tatted up to commemorate their filming experience; the fact that so many are willing going under the gun is suggestive not only of the bonds they formed, but of their belief in the film’s potential too. After all, you don’t normally get a tattoo to remember the bad times, so their willingness to mark their bodies is, hopefully, a sign of good things to come.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Dates for the untitled Batman solo movie and Man of Steel 2 have yet to be announced.