Warner Bros. has officially kicked off the DC Comics Extended Universe, first established in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel then broadened by this year's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Next, the DCEU is heading to the opposite side of the good versus evil spectrum with David Ayer's Suicide Squad, which will follow a number of DC Comics villains as they become the "worst damn heroes" thanks to government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). DC Comics villains coming to life is Suicide Squad include Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Enchantress (Cara Delevigne).
Additionally featured in Suicide Squad is perhaps the most well-known DC Comics villain, the Joker (Jared Leto). Both the character and the actor have been heavily featured in the promotional lead-up to the release of Suicide Squad - with Leto's antics on set garnering as much attention as the Joker's look for the movie. Now, a new poster and featurette focus on Mr. J as well.
ComingSoon unveiled a Mondo poster created by the artist Boneface for Suicide Squad that features the green-haired, tattooed villain. The poster will be available on the Mondo website on the same day as the film's U.S. debut. Take a look:
Additionally, ComicBook revealed a new featurette (above) focused on the Joker that seems to have come from the film's Snapchat account. The video features both Leto and Ayer talking about the character, and the actor said, "As soon as I heard the word 'Joker' I knew that I was going to have to dive really deep and go to a place I had never gone before." Ayer, meanwhile, spoke about bringing the iconic character to life in a new way:
"Joker is the best known villain in western fiction. The trick was to respect the legacy of the character yet, at the same time, reinvent him. Jared pulled that high wire act off."
Of course, now that the review embargo on Suicide Squad has lifted and critics have offered their take on the film, we know that Leto's Joker does not appear as much in the film as fans may be hoping - or as much as the marketing for the movie may have indicated. Additionally, since the reviews for Suicide Squad have been mostly negative, there has already been plenty of speculation about what went wrong while Ayer and the cast of the film - as well as Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins - have offered their own takes on the reviews.
That said, fans will soon get to see Suicide Squad for themselves and form their own opinions on Ayer's entry in the DCEU. Certainly, considering the fact that the film is moviegoers' first live-action look at Harley Quinn (who has been a favorite among DC fans for some time) and Leto's unique take on the Joker, there will be plenty to talk about once Suicide Squad hits theaters later this week.
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.