With the release of Suicide Squad only a few months away, it felt fitting to look back on the best moments from the trailers released so far.
This is more of general point, but from what little we’ve seen of Viola Davis, she looks like she’s set to be the Lee Marvin to the Suicide Squad’s Dirty Dozen. Sharp suits, sharper wit, and shadier than a palm tree – Davis seems to have nailed Waller’s good-bad dynamic. Expect her to be as much of an antagonist as the bad guys.
Trailer three boils down to Joel Kinneman’s Rick Flagg telling the team all the ways that they will get themselves killed. It’s a pretty extensive list, and almost impossible for anyone to abide by. Tom Hardy was originally slated for the role, but it looks like Kinneman may be able to hold his own against the bigger names in the cast. Only time will tell.
Trailer two gave us more looks at Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, but the biggest surprise is Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Boomerang has always been a bit of a joke, but here he comes across as a slightly psychotic larrican. Thankfully, he still seems to be an idiot.
In the first two seconds, the first full trailer for Suicide Squad manages to be far more entertaining than the two and a half hours of Batman v Superman, and that’s in large part due to the presence of Freddie Mercury’s golden tonsils. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been used many times to make things more awesome, and here its use definitely makes it more exciting.
The Ballroom Blitz
Rounding off the musical theme of the previous trailers, trailer three felt like an amalgamation of the first two – mixing the setup of the teaser with the anarchic fun of the second, to the tune of one of Sweet’s signature tracks. A lot of the action stuff is the same as the previous trailers, but feels so much more amped up with The Ballroom Blitz blasting behind it all.
While it is still uncertain exactly what role Batfleck will play in this movie, it is clear that writer-director David Ayer is milking whatever screentime he has for all its worth. There are some terrific shots peppered through the trailers showing Batman doing a bunch of Batman things – hanging onto Joker’s car; leaping off a building – his standalone movie may be still a few years away, but on this evidence, Suicide Squad may end up as the perfect tease of what that movie may be like.
‘You wanna see something?’
One of the best jokes from trailer three comes after Deadshot agitates El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) into action. Cue fireball apocalypse and a ruffled Smith retort: ‘…I was just trying to get you there. No hard feelings. We good?’
Smith’s presence has been relatively subdued in these trailers so far, but this short snippet implies a little more of the goofy action guy Smith used to play.
The Joke Was On Me
We see more of him in the later trailers, but the reveal at the end of the first teaser is hard to beat. There was a big bruhaha when the first image of Jared Leto’s Joker was released, but his rictus grin was the perfect button to the slow burn introduction of the team.
No Man’s Land
There are still scant details on what the Squad’s mission is, but it looks like they are getting dropped into the middle of a war zone. It could be Gotham or her sister city, Bludhaven, or somewhere else. Wherever it is, it seems like the perfect place to drop a group of psychos and leave them to run riot…or not (see Rick Flagg, above).
There are a couple of shots of people with machine guns dressed as pandas. No idea what the context of that is, but who cares – it looks awesome!