[Update: Be sure to check out our Suicide Squad trailer analysis to catch all the hints and Easter Eggs!]
The DCEU has official set its big screen stage with the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film opened to a divisive response from fans - after reviewers slammed the Batman V Superman (read: Batman + Superman + Wonder Woman V Lex Luthor + Doomsday) mega-movie; however, as we suggested in our Batman V Superman review, there were actually a lot of great moments in Dawn of Justice. Much like Marvel's Iron Man 2 before it, Batman V Superman was hampered by a studio working extra-hard to inject loads of shared universe setup while also attempting to tell a standalone story.
Now, with key characters now introduced and overarching story threads now in place, Warner Bros. has slightly more room to tell standalone DCEU stories (albeit stories with shared universe connections). Ultimately, whether the DCEU will ever be able to challenge Marvel Studios' box office numbers remains to be seen but, for all the controversy over Zack Snyder's vision, moviegoers will get to test out two more DCEU entries prior to Snyder's return with Justice League Part 1. After a fan-favorite debut in Batman V Superman, Warner Bros. has a lot riding on Wonder Woman (set for June 2, 2017) and with an all-star cast, a zany premise, as well as a new Clown Prince of Crime, DC fans are, no doubt, hoping that David Ayer's Suicide Squad (set for release later this year) will be more positively received than its DCEU predecessor.
It's been a few months since Warner Bros. unveiled a new trailer for their DC villain team-up movie; however, the film made a big splash at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. The show was taped on Saturday night - presumably since censors have, in the past, struggled to keep up with MTV presenters and winners that, intentionally or unintentionally, push the boundaries of what can be said on the teen-focused cable network. As a result, a few details about the larger show (specifically the entire list of MTV Movie Award winners) and Suicide Squad segment (but not the trailer) leaked ahead of time.
While fans at home would have to wait until today to see MTV's Suicide Squad trailer (which you can see at the top of the page), comments from the attending cast members Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), began making news online prior to the show's cable premiere - especially Leto's head-turning assertion that "Sweat, blood and semen... it's all in this movie."
Given MTV's target audience, not to mention the ongoing success of Deadpool, the sneak preview clip leans heavily on irreverence - attempting to sell Suicide Squad as a cooky (sometimes horrifying) action-comedy that, in expanding the DCEU, also seeks to subvert comic book movie formulas. MTV promised "Never Before Seen Footage" and they delivered - with a whole new "blitz" trailer. What the trailer lack in buzz-worthy reveals, it does provide viewers another opportunity to relish in the crazy characters set to appear in the film - while staying true to the film's running streak of slickly edited trailers.
Fortunately, watching the antiheroes interact doesn't disappoint - suggesting that fans have reason to be optimistic that, with Batman V Superman's world-building behind them, Warner Bros. and Ayer may deliver a more palatable mix of comic book movie mayhem for die-hard fans as well as casual filmgoers.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.