Suicide Squad hits U.S. theaters next week, and Warner Bros. continues its marketing push of posters, trailers, and featurettes designed to entice what seems to be an already heavily invested fanbase. While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel didn't get quite the reaction the studio was hoping for, it looks like moviegoers are still ready to give the DC Extended Universe another chance.
It helps that Suicide Squad has a totally different hook than the previous films, with a terrifying but totally badass group of misfits who aren't afraid to use either violence or sarcastic one-liners. The line-up of criminals the government recruits to defeat an even scarier enemy, led by military man Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adam Beach as Slipknot, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc.
The abundance of new trailers has allowed fans to get hints of the plot, some pivotal moments, and a lot of the jokes in the upcoming film. For those who don't want to be too spoiled for Suicide Squad, the latest TV spot (shown above) captures all the frenetic energy of the film without giving too much away. Highlights include a barking Harley, absurdly quotable Joker (Jared Leto), Batman (Ben Affleck) leaping into action, and Boomerang's reaction to Killer Croc's confident declaration of "I'm beautiful."
Despite Killer Croc's aggressive, deadly, cannibalistic ways, actor Akinnuoye-Agbaje has repeatedly stressed that the film will show the crocodile man's human side. With ancient reptilian DNA altering his appearance from birth, and an abusive childhood, Killer Croc has had a lot to overcome:
"He’s always been ostracized and ridiculed for how he looks. What he’s done is embrace that. Instead of saying ‘I’m ugly’, he’s says ‘I’m beautiful’. Instead of going underground as if he’s hiding, he says ‘this is my kingdom’. He’s kind of reversed some of his childhood abuse into allowing him to become what he is, which is really the next threat to take over Gotham."
It looks like there's a lot of work to be done in Suicide Squad before Killer Croc reaches his ultimate life goal, but the trailer above shows he's definitely working on his self-positive mantras. With so many characters to explore, it's likely we won't get to go too in-depth into the team's psyches, but it seems there's been a definite attempt to flesh out -- or in this case, scale out -- the characters into something more than just a collection of caricatures. Hopefully getting to know them all will be as fun as the trailers have made it look so far.
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 and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.
Source: Comic Book