The trailers for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad have made the film look absolutely incredible so far, and today’s new footage – premiered first at last night’s MTV Movie Awards in the US – is no exception!
As with the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, which also premiered at the MTV Movie Awards, today’s Suicide Squad trailer is chock-full of almost completely new footage, including loads of new shots of Jared Leto’s Joker. I’m hesitant to believe the hype about Leto when people say that his take on the legendary Batman villain surpasses the late Heath Ledger’s performance, but he does look seriously intense and quite macabre in the role, so I’m pretty confident from the footage I’ve seen so far that he will at least match Ledger’s brilliance when the film’s released in October.
The trailer also gives us another sneak preview of Ben Affleck’s Batman in action, but having found his take on the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman to be far less than satisfactory, I’m hoping that the film doesn’t rely too heavily on his character and, instead, gives the other – far more interesting and exciting – Suicide Squad members a chance to shine. It certainly looks like Ayer’s got the casting of this film spot on, especially Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn!
As far as I’m aware, there’s been no final word just yet on who the Squad will be going up against in the film, so that’s definitely one intriguing question that’s yet to be answered. In today’s day and age, where far too much of a film is so often revealed in the pre-promotional push prior to its release, it’s nice to have so much promo material out there with a bit of mystery still remaining.
There’s been plenty of hullaballoo been made about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice since its release late last month, with critics and fans alike bemoaning its unnecessary seriousness and glaring plot-holes to name but a few gripes and, whilst I generally agree with those who have given negative feedback on BvS, I’m hoping that Suicide Squad is a much better film. There’s been reports of some reshooting taking place on the film over the past few weeks, which hasn’t filled me with much confidence, as the reason behind them has been attributed to Warner Bros. wanting to add more humour in response to the negativity which which Batman v Superman. Still, director Ayer has downplayed these rumours on Twitter, and his statement on the matter makes me feel much better about the direction they’re going with this:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 11, 2016
Suicide Squad opens in the UK on 5 August 2016 and stars Margot Robbie, Jared Leta, Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Adewae Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara and Adam Beach.