While viewers reacted favorably to the first teaser trailer for director David Ayer's "Suicide Squad," the initial look at the villain-centric movie was admittedly lean when it came to offering insight into the characters involved.
That's definitely not the case with the new trailer for Warner Bros. and DC Films' "Suicide Squad" film. While it remains a bit hazy on how, exactly, the movie fits into the overall Justice League Universe the studio is building, the new look showcases most of the Squad's members, and their personalities. It also reveals that beyond the world of science, the DCU of the movies contains magic, and more than its share of pure evil.
Harley Quinn's Origin?
As the third film in DC's new shared movie-verse, "Suicide Squad" is tasked with introducing a lot of new characters -- most notably Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie's take on Quinn actually marks her big screen debut, so it's fitting that the film looks like it includes an origin story for her. To that end, we see a quick shot of Jared Leto's Joker falling into what looks a lot like the vats at Ace Chemicals, and then cradling Harley in a stew of chemicals, with red and blue swirls of muck encircling them. We already know there will be some form of flashback, involving a pre-facial tattooed Joker, Ben Affleck's Batman and a car chase, so it would make sense that we can expect some sort of origin for the popular anti-hero. And, it appears as though we're getting something more in line with the character's New 52 origin (Joker kicking Harley into a chemical tank) as opposed to her original backstory, which cast Harleen Quinzel as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist that fell in love with the Mistah J.
The Squad In Action
"Let's go save the world," deadpans Will Smith's Deadshot to his team of "heroes." Then, we get to see the Squad in action as Harley, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc tear their way through an office building, shooting and punching their way through pretty much everything in sight. While Amanda Waller's (Viola Davis) idea of putting together a team of super villains to do dirty work might seem crazy, you can kinda see what she had in mind when you witness the team working together like that. Yes, they're unhinged, cocky, and completely morally bankrupt -- but they get the job done. It's a good thing the job involved racking up a high body count.
Harley Quinn's Personality
The filmmakers, and actress Margot Robbie seem to get Harley Quinn, even if the portrayal of the wildly popular antiheroine might not be exactly what fans of "Batman: The Animated Series" and her comic books were expecting. The signature accent is gone, but key character traits remain, as we see in the scenes where Harley gleefully pretends the "voices" told her to kill everyone and escape, and again when she pauses to break a window and steal a pricey purse. Why? Because, "We're bad guys. It's what we do."
Magic is Alive in the DC Films Universe
While 2017's "Wonder Woman" may seem the most likely place for magic to be introduced into DC Films' Justice League Universe, it will arrive instead in August with "Suicide Squad." Bluntly described by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) as "possessed by a witch," Cara Delevingne's Enchantress isn't merely superpowered in the film; like her comic book counterpart, she's a powerful sorceress (note the "magical effects" swirling around her). Similarly, Katana's (Karen Fukuhara) sword isn't an ordinary blade, but rather the mystical Soultaker. And what's going on at the 2:03 mark?
Despite being a member of the Squad, Digger Harkness isn't really a team player. While Jai Courtney's take on Captain Boomerang may be more buff and gruff than his comic book counterpart, that doesn't mean he's a better person on the inside. The trailer starts with Harkness placed in his cell, screaming at security cameras. We then see him punching guards any chance he gets and, in one of the trailer's most off-kilter displays of humor, cracking open a beer while hunkering down -- most likely because he's in the middle of a firefight. Who cares if there's a battle raging and your government-appointed teammates are in danger when there's a brew that needs drinking? This one short scene shows that, like The CW's television shows, "Suicide Squad" looks to offer slightly different takes on classic characters while retaining what made them popular in the first place.