A machine gun wielding Panda and men wearing batman masks? Yes - you saw it, but if you didn't, you can check out the official trailer for Warner Bros. and DC's newest addition to the DC Cinematic Universe Suicide Squad below.
I know...possibly the greatest trailer we've ever seen for anything DC related. For those of you who don't know, this trailer was never supposed to be released this early. You can actually thank the Comic-Con leakers who kept putting it up on the internet for Warner Bros. just deciding to release it now, as basically said so in this statement:
"Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation."
This quote is straight from Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
While I won't condone illegally distributing footage like these leakers have done, I will say thank-you to Sue. Sue Kroll and her team realized the one thing that most fail to see in a position like hers - they lost the battle. Once it's leaked, it's like a virus. It just keeps growing and multiplying and spreading, and no matter how hard you try to eradicate it, it comes back time after time. So rather than continue to fight a losing battle, Sue Kroll gave the trailer the justice it deserves, releasing it to the public in high quality for all of us to enjoy. Everybody, take a moment and give a standing ovation, because Sue and Warner Bros. deserve it on this one.
Now for the dissection of this masterpiece. Please, note that this breakdown will be slightly different. Instead of going piece-by-piece chronologically, I'm going to do it by characters we see, providing what the trailer gives us about each character, as well still shots and comic lore to help us make sense of every aspect of these characters and what their role will be in Task Force X.
Okay, I'm just going to say it - no one knows for sure who this is. But our best guess is General Wade Eiling. He's got the military outfit of a high ranking official and the medals pinned to his jacket to back it up, so he fits the description of a general in the military. Couple this with how Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is answering everything question he asks, even divulging information on super powered indivuals being in the task force, his authority is evident. My best guess, again, is General Eiling, but if anyone has any more information or clues as to who he is, please comment on this post!
Okay, this one I'm certain about. Viola Davis will portraying Amanda Waller, the leader of the Suicide Squad. From the trailer we can see she isn't sure why super-powered indivuals started popping up after Superman's stunts in Man of Steel, but that hasn't stopped her from recruiting them to her team. And while Eiling seems concerned that these individuals cannot be controlled, Waller assures him that if anyone can do it, it's her. She even tells the General the she keeps these special individuals in a hole inside a hole; and she isn't kidding.
This maximum security prison where our task force X troops are being kept is shown in the trailer. While nothing official has been confirmed about what prison we are seeing, it's a safe bet that it will be the iconic suicide squad holding facility from the comics: Belle Reeve.
In the comics, Belle Reeve was located in Louisiana, but this may be subject to change for the movie. Either way, this is probably our first look at Belle Reeve in the DC Cinematic Universe, and it certainly won't be our last. Expect to see all our main characters being housed in this facility prior to the creation of the Suicide Squad. And if this photo above isn't any indication of what the term "maximum security" entails, let's explain.
Okay, I need to address this immediately. Taking a closer look at the trailer, there's something VERY disturbing I noticed; Harley Quinn is in a cage...with no toilet.
So we have Harley Quinn in a cage within a cage, doing what appears to be her own rendition of gymnastics, surrounded by armored guards wielding guns. But why no toilet? Even super villains have bowel movements, right?
Well, it's probably a good sign for fans, as the lack of a toilet may mean this isn't Harley's cell, but where she does her "gymnastics". Why is it a good sign? Do you see all those guards and what they're wearing? If this is the amount of firepower it takes just to let Harley Quinn work out, then she must be one dangerous chick, and not the conventional Joker sidekick we're accustomed to seeing. Either that, or they have a heavy supply of diapers on deck. HEAVY.
But I digress. Back to the breakdown and Dr. Quinzel.
As fans know, Harley Quinn was originally Dr. Quinzel. She was a therapist and a "normal" person at some point, and this is shown in the trailer.
This is definitely Dr. Quinzel as a therapist, so it looks like we will be getting a little bit of an origin story for how she became the Harley Quinn we see caged up. But with a closer look at the photo, we see a lamp in the top right. Why does this matter? Well...
Is The Joker Torturing Dr. Quinzel?
That lamp looks familiar to the end of the trailer scene where we see the Joker telling someone
"Oh no, I'm not gonna kill ya. I'm just gonna hurt you. Really, really bad."
That seems to be the same lamp, and if you notice, the Joker is holding what appears to be a jump rope. Harley Quinn does seem to love her gymnastics - could this be symbolic of the Joker causing her transition from therapist to psychotic super-villain gymnastics lover? It appears so.
If you look at the shoulder of the man holding her head, we can some tattoos. Is this the Joker?
We also get to see Harley Quinn in a number of different outfits in the trailer, so it's safe to assume we'll be getting a lot of scenes with her in them.
Be it Rick Flagg or Rick Flagg Jr., the character has been the team leader of Task Force X for a very long time now in the comics. As such, his incusion in the movie is no surprise to fans. What is surprising, however, is that we may be seeing some romance between and Harley Quinn (well, Dr. Quinzel, actually) prior to their induction to the task force.
While this could be the Joker before he goes all super-villain, it appears to look more like Rick Flagg having a romantic moment with Dr. Quinzel. Could this be part of why the Joker appears to be torturing her? Being that she is therapist at Arkham Asylum, where the Joker is kept and evaluated by Dr. Quinzel, he could have fallen in love with her here. To torture someone he loves would definitely take a certain button (so to speak) being pushed, and what better way to push it than the Joker seeing his love interest romantically involved with another man?
Speaking of the Joker, we actually get a big hint that may clear up another discrepancy from the trailer...
The Joker is The Panda
I'm not pulling this out of my...butt. If you watch the trailer again, pause it at 2:40 exactly. You can see on the left side this exact panda costume while the Joker walks into the room where it appears he's torturing Harley Quinn. This isn't confirmed, but it seems to be the only explanation. Besides, who else is crazy enough to light up the place in a panda costume? But this leads me to my next point, and I need your help on this one readers!
Okay I honestly have no idea what the hell this means. The only thought that comes to mind is that it's part of the Joker's hidden agenda to lure out Batman from the shadows. Or it could be to put the blame on Batman, as Amanda Waller said so herself that the purpose of using super villains for this squad is that, should something go wrong, the liability doesn't fall back on the government. Maybe the Joker is using this costume to put the liability on Batman, forcing him to come out and play, so to speak. And it appears he does as we see Batman going for a "joy ride" with Joker and Harley Quinn in the trailer as well.
While many have been speculating this scene is going to be a flashback, I actually think it's going to be tied directly to the method behind the madness of the Batman costume guy with a machine gun. No way Batman's going to just let that slide, and the Joker really does know how to push Batsy's buttons.
Floyd "Dead Shot" Lawton will be portrayed by Will Smith and seems to be sticking pretty close to the comic version of the character. We even get to see him taking daughter Zoe out Christmas shopping in the trailer. Think of Zoe as the rock that keeps Dead Shot level headed, but don't count on seeing family-man-Floyd for too long in the film, as the picture below is what we will be getting the most of.
I'd say they did an excellent job of keeping his costume pretty close to the iconic comic version, wouldn't you?
Not quite as colorful as his comic counterpart, but still pretty spot on I'd say. And from the looks of that Christmas scene, we will be getting a look into his past as sort-of an origin story. Speaking of origin stories...
June Moon is the comic version of the Enchantress, and they seem to be following her story line pretty closely. In the comics, she basically becomes a sorceress after an underground adventure goes wrong, meeting the demon Dzamor. It's this demon who grants her powers, and judging this shot it seems this is the story we'll be getting for her origins.
All of these scenes will lead to her looking like this:
Speaking of super-powered individuals, Killer Croc's appearance in the trailer has shown that DC can bring any character to life. I mean - just look at him. It's beautiful. And exciting, as fans of the comics know Killer Croc packs some serious strength and almost impenetrable skin.
We see him here strapped to a gurney, which I'm guessing is going to be how they managed to get into the Belle Reeve facility in the first place. It may also be experiments they are conducting on him to see just what created his "condition".
Fans of the CW hit show Arrow will recognize this name from her debut in season 3, but now a different actor will be portraying her on the big screen. Katana (Karen Fukuhara) is an expert martial artist with sword-skills that would scare a samurai. But her sword also has magic powers in the comics (like taking the souls of it's victims). Whether or not this rendition of the character will introduce the more magic aspects of Katana is yet to be seen, but it is definitenly possible since they are introducing characters like the Enchantress. Either way, you don't want to be on the wrong end of that blade.
If there is one character I can see dying it's SlipKnot. In truth, he was a minor Firestorm villain in the comics, and his only real threat comes from his love of rope coupled with his assassin abilities. Adam Beach will be portraying the character.
Digger Harkness AKA Captain Boomerang is another villain fans will recognize from the CW hit show Arrow. Jai Courtney will be playing the character on the big screen, and while his costume appears to be just a jump suit, it's still color-schemed correctly with his comic book counterpart.
While I doubt we'll be seeing him in such goofy attire as his comic character, the track suit is definitely a nod to his comic book character.
Jay Hernandez will portray Chato Santana/El Diablo. Who is El Diablo you ask? Well, this version of El Diablo was a gang member/drug dealer before becoming host to the demon, and he eventually became a member of the suicide squad.
His inclusion makes sense as we have the Enchantress getting powers from a demon and possibly Katana wielding a sword that can consume souls. Expect to see lots of supernatural aspects to these characters in the movie.
Whatever happens from here, one thing is guaranteed - Suicide Squad is going to be awesome! If I missed anything big please comment down below!
Also, if any reader can tell me what the following image means from the trailer, it would be greatly appreciated as I have not a clue:
Suicide Squad premieres in theaters across the USA on August 5, 2016.