Without Marvel sending in Robert Downey Jnr or Tom Hiddleston to corral the Comic-Con masses as they’ve done in previous years, this week DC Comics (home of Batman and Superman) sent in the Suicide Squad with the first legit footage of the film.
Chills. Chills, chills, chills.
Firstly, if you’re not familiar with the Suicide Squad story, here’s a quick catch up: Villains from the DC world, all batshit crazy and scarily dangerous are brought together for a mission to save the world. Basically, they’re totally psychotic and will get the job done – no matter what it means.
Who is in the Suicide Squad? Membership is limited yo, and the hazing must be insane (pun intended), but the guys and girls who made the cut are each from their own stories in the comic books, brought to life with an incredible cast:
Academy Award winner Ben Affleck (Gone Girl, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (The Help, How to Get Away with Murder) as Amanda Waller, Will Smith (Men in Black, Focus) as Deadshot, Academy Award winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, Requiem for a Dream) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys, A Good Day to Die Hard) as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman (Robocop, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Rick Flag, Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns, Pan) as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World, Pompeii) as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara (in her first major role) as Katana, Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers, Revolution) as Slipknot, Jay Hernandez (Crazy/Beautiful, Hostel) as El Diablo with Scott Eastwood, Alex Meraz, Common, Ike Barinholtz, Jim Parrack and David Harbour as supporting cast in various roles.
Phew. Two Aussies in the main cast – woot! Maybe totally effed up and creepy is the new Aussie niche. Onya, Hollywood!
The trailer doesn’t give too much away in terms of the storyline – we see each character for a few moments in their element, someone in a Panda suit (of course), a couple of shootouts and then The Joker is revealed – Jared Leto is completely unrecognisable and freakish, a completely different Joker to the infamous version that Heath Ledger made his own. The voices are similar, but Jared Leto’s makeup is more akin to the Jack Nicholson version, with a twisted sense of Ledger in there.
The expectations are by far the highest for Leto, who has gone “method” off camera (apparently not socialising with the rest of the cast and sending Margot Robbie live rats – dude, really?), to see if he can hold his own in the Joker heavyweight category.
Written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, The Fast and the Furious), Suicide Squad hits theatres August 4th, 2016.
You know what they say about the crazy ones…