Suicide Squad, the next film in the DC Extended Universe, hits theaters in a little less than a month and the big marketing push for the film is in full swing. In the highly anticipated movie, written and directed by David Ayer, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruits a motley crew of imprisoned super-villains to embark on a highly dangerous black ops mission in exchange for clemency.
The newest trailer above, which debuted at the ESPY Awards, shows us the same bits of mind-blowing action, featuring new footage of Katana (Karen Fukuhara) in all her sword-wielding glory. We catch a glimpse of her glimmering one-sided sword as she's about to behead a very unlucky person after she leaps down from the sky. Fukuhara herself is trained in martial arts and is said to have done most of her own stunts.
Katana's primary weapon, the supernatural Soul Taker sword was forged in the 14th century by Muramasa, whose swords were said to be cursed and make those who were evil commit evil acts. It takes the souls of those it kills, storing them inside the sword where they can communicate with Katana. The captured souls can be reincarnated with a sacred ritual to serve their summoner.
In Suicide Squad, Katana is a mourning widow who carries the soul of her dead husband in Soul Taker and frequently speaks with him. Unlike most of the other members of Task Force X, Katana isn't a criminal but a government agent tasked with keeping the misfit criminal crew in line alongside Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), and reporting to Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). In Katana's efforts to keep the squad on mission, it looks like she ends up joining in on the fun.
Keep an eye out for more Suicide Squad details coming your way from Comic-Con International in San Diego. Warner Bros. is bringing along the star-studded cast including Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, with Raymond Olubawale as King Shark, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, and writer/director David Ayer for a special presentation hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Conan O'Brien.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by 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.