Friday, August 5 sees the long-awaited theatrical release of Suicide Squad, the hyped-up latest entry in the DC Extended Universe. Putting a colorful collection of antiheroes and villains in the spotlight (including fan-favorites like the Joker and Harley Quinn), the film is poised to be the breakout commercial and critical hit that the franchise needs to generate some forward momentum. It's expected that August box office records will fall.
Like most comic book movies these days, Suicide Squad should be fine financially; the larger question is if the word-of-mouth will indicate the movie lives up to its on-paper potential. Reactions out of early test screenings would have viewers believe the buzz around Suicide Squad was worth it, but very soon the final product will make its grand debut for audiences at a special premiere event. And while fans still have to wait a few days for their chance to see what director David Ayer has in store, they'll be able to take in the sights and sounds of the red carpet.
According to Variety, Twitter will live-stream the Suicide Squad red carpet from the film's New York premiere tonight, August 1 beginning at 6 p.m. EST. This is the first live-video deal for the social media giant, a product of an agreement made by Warner Bros. and BuzzFeed, who will produce the stream. The event will include a column of real-time tweets pertaining to the film.
It goes without saying that there should be a great deal of interest in this. Suicide Squad has become the most talked about movie of the year so far, getting many viewers excited thanks to a killer marketing campaign that showcased the movie's sense of irreverent fun. A common criticism of the DCEU thus far has been that it's too dark and bleak, meaning Suicide Squad should be a refreshing change-of-pace. The humor promises to be a key aspect, something several are curious to see. In a way, Suicide Squad has become DC's version of Guardians of the Galaxy - sporting its own catchy soundtrack.
For those hungry for any new information about the film, the interviews with members of the cast and crew should prove to be valuable. The Star Trek Beyond premiere during San Diego Comic-Con 2016 was the source of several fascinating nuggets, so while any spoilers will undoubtedly be kept under wraps, there could be some fun behind-the-scenes tidbits revealed. The stories of how Suicide Squad was made get crazier by the day, and there are probably more insane tales of self-inflicted harm to be told. With the group of actors back together reminiscing about their time on set, it's sure to be a fun time.
While this obviously isn't the same as actually attending the Suicide Squad premiere in person, it's still nice that WB, BuzzFeed, and Twitter are putting this together. Fans will be able watch all-access coverage of the red carpet as they count down the days until Friday, celebrating the film's arrival. There will also likely be reactions to the end result on social media following the screening, making this the rollout of the first wave of reviews - even if they're just limited to 140 characters for the time being.
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.