Thanks to a nearly perfect marketing campaign, Suicide Squad was seen by many viewers as the saving grace of the DC Extended Universe, the commercial and critical hit the franchise needed to turn things around in the aftermath of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, like its DCEU predecessors, Suicide Squad has received mostly negative reviews, leading to some fans calling for aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down. In addition, recent reports indicate that the film was the victim of studio meddling during post-production.
Still, Suicide Squad is hitting theaters this weekend and there are many people excited to check it out and form their own opinion of what director David Ayer and Warner Bros. delivered. The movie promises to mix things up in the comic book genre by placing a colorful collection of villains and antiheroes in the spotlight, giving many fan-favorite characters their long-awaited live-action debuts. The full ensemble has been featured in countless promotional materials to date, but WB isn't done. Many members of the team are shown in a collection of new images, including the one and only Harley Quinn.
First up is a picture of Harley from Allure magazine, which profiled Suicide Squad hair & makeup designer Alessandro Bertolazzi, asking him specifically how Quinn's now-iconic look in the film was conceived. Interesting tidbits include the daily applying of Harley's tattoos and coming up with the color of her hair. Check out the photo below:
Harley and her beloved Mr. J have been among the stars of the trailers and TV spots (due to their status as the most recognizable faces), but WB has also done a great job of selling the team dynamic that defines Suicide Squad. A key element of the film will be how these varied personalities jell with one another as they work on their mission. The cast apparently got along very well with each other during production, as evidenced by their matching "SKWAD" tattoos. One of the positives cited in the early reviews is the group's chemistry, which can be hinted at in the following two images. Leader Rick Flag tried to get his troops under control in one, while Harley has a conversation with Diablo in the other:
With Suicide Squad already poised to break box office records, WB doesn't have to do much else to promote their latest endeavor. At the same time, these images will still be fun for viewers as they count down the days until the film's theatrical premiere. Suicide Squad may not be the acclaimed work many hoped it would have been, but there will still be some positives to take out of it - and the characters will no doubt be at the forefront of that.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in 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 and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.
Sources: Allure, Warner Bros.