Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are set to exponentially expand their DC Extended Universe when the films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad hit theaters in 2016. David Ayer's team-up of villains and antiheroes is arguably just as anticipated as Zack Snyder's superhero showdown, especially after the San Diego Comic-Con trailer left a great impression with viewers.
Once thought to be a mid-budget, "smaller" production, Suicide Squad is instead shaping up to be a vital cog in WB's master plan. The movie features a star-studded cast bringing an assortment of fan-favorite characters into the DCEU, including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and the Joker (Jared Leto). Now, we may know what Amanda Waller's (Viola Davis) group will be up to when they reach the big screen next summer.
A post on DCComics.com highlights an upcoming collection of Suicide Squad statues from DC Collectibles, modeled after their likeness in the movie. Fans will be able to purchase Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) beginning in July 2016. In addition, the article seems to have revealed a Suicide Squad plot synopsis:
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Obviously, this could be just a fancy description to pump up the collectibles, but there are a few similarities between this and some Suicide Squad rumors. It was speculated months ago that the team would be looking to take out an armored convoy so they can acquire the "bio weaponry" of Enchantress (Cara Delevinge) to prevent her from falling into the wrong hands. That character certainly fits the bill, seeing that Delevigne has talked about Enchantress' dual personas in the past, suggesting that she's an enigma and the wild card of the whole film.
The second half of the synopsis, dealing with the Squad's realization regarding why they were selected is interesting as well. In the trailer, Waller has a line saying that the group of bad guys are ideal due to their "built-in deniability." If anything on the mission goes wrong, the government can just blame the unstable nature of the participants and move on. It will be fascinating to see how the characters respond when they are hit with that revelation in the film (considering this is an actual plot description). Ayer has mentioned he envisions Suicide Squad as "comic book movie 2.0," and this would certainly be a different challenge "protagonists" face in a film such as this.
Fans will probably have to wait until the next Suicide Squad trailer for any confirmation on story details, but going off what has been reported, it appears this is the basic outline of the narrative. How all the pieces fit into place remain to be seen, but early on, it sounds like the film is the kind of hard-hitting character driven story Ayer has been promising all along.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19, 2020. The Superman and Batman solo films have release dates TBD.