Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
That's what fans everywhere are asking themselves after seeing the mind-blowing new trailer for Suicide Squad! I'll admit, I had my doubts, but after seeing that incredible trailer, I am 100% on the Suicide Squad hype train!
The last time a trailer came out for this film, I did a little breakdown for it, showcasing its coolest, most interesting, and most thought-provoking scenes. With the new trailer finally out for the world to enjoy, I thought about doing the same thing.
But instead of just talking about every scene in the trailer, I'm only going to be talking about ONE scene! Well, it's not really one scene, more like multiple scenes that all have to do with each other. First off, if you have yet to see the video, make sure to check it out below before reading the rest of this article:
Now, before I continue with this article, I feel I should properly express how I feel about this video. I was thinking of saying something along the line of "IT'S GLORIOUS!", but that's simply not enough. In fact, no words are good enough to fully express the emotions this trailer makes me feel. So instead, here's a gif of Jake the Dog.
Well, now that that's out of the way, let's get right into it! Like I said, I was thinking of doing a breakdown for the entire Suicide Squad trailer. There were certainly enough interesting scenes to go through- Deadshot trying to take on an army of guards, helicopters shooting at literally nothing at all, Joker willingly jumping into a vat of acid, these were just some of the incredibly intriguing moments!
But as I was watching the trailer, there was something that caught my eye- more so than the aforementioned Joker jumping into acid scene. Of course, knowing me, I had to go and ask a million questions about one scene that went by faster than I could blink.
But I think that due to the nature of this particular scene, it's okay- even normal- for me to have several questions. What scene is that? This one.
Now, the trailer goes by incredibly fast, and there's so much going on to the soundtrack of Queen's hit song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' that I actually missed this guy the first time. But after watching the trailer again, I noticed him...whoever he is.
Despite my neglecting to see him the first time around, he's pretty hard to miss- a man who looks to be covered in weird green tube-like things and markings. Even though the trailer has only been out for about a day, eagle-eyed fans are already making speculations about who this mysterious man is.
Before I reveal who I think it is, let's take a look at the two most common (pun intended, you'll see what I mean) theories for who this guy may be.
The most common (still a pun) theory is that the mystery "man" is actually a mystery woman. Unfortunately, this theory is debunked as soon as you look closer at the figure. He simply doesn't look anything like the Enchantress.
You could argue that this is perhaps some transformed state Enchantress goes through, but that doesn't make sense as her powers don't traditionally include turning into a green-tubed dude. It's pretty evident by appearance alone that this isn't Cara Delevigne.
Though it hasn't been fully confirmed, it's widely assumed that Common will be portraying Tattooed Man- the DC Comics supervillain- in Suicide Squad. And so, another common theory (NOW you get it!) is that the mysterious figure in the train station is none other than Common as Tattooed Man!
It's an interesting theory, and it does have more behind it than the Enchantress one. Tattooed Man has the power to use living tattoos on his body as weapons. He shoots them out like projectiles, similar to the way the mysterious man does in the trailer.
However, just like Enchantress, the mysterious man doesn't look like any iteration of Tattooed Man that we've ever seen. It's possible that since Tattooed Man has never been in a live-action movie before, the Suicide Squad crew is just taking liberties with his appearance—but then there's the matter of his powers.
It's very hard to see, due to the fast-paced nature of the trailer, but it looks like this mysterious man is shooting out some sort of vine-like, tentacle...thingy. "Thingy" is really the only word I have to describe it.
Anyway, as far as I know, Tattooed Man doesn't do that. Yes, he shoots out tattoos in the same manner, but none of them have really looked like...that. They've ranged from a fiery skull to a Chinese dragon, to a scorpion. He certainly had a lot of options to choose from, but never a giant tentacle-like object.
Of course, just because he's never had that kind of tat before, doesn't mean he couldn't in his first ever live-action appearance. But I'm still not so sure that this mystery guy is Tattooed Man; I think he's someone else.
Yes, Brainiac- the extraterrestrial android who's always enforcing the alien stereotype of trying to take over (and destroy) Earth! In the comics, Brainiac can usually be seen battling against the Justice League, and doesn't really interact with the Suicide Squad much.
Furthermore, Brainiac is a pretty big villain, one that's been theorized to be in the DCEU before; but for bigger films like Justice League or a Man of Steel sequel. So why do I think DC will introduce Brainiac as the big villain for Suicide Squad? I don't.
Before I begin to explain that, let me explain why I think Brainiac is the mysterious man in the Suicide Squad trailer!
There are several scenes in the trailer that lead me to believe that Brainiac is in Suicide Squad. A few scenes feature some strange, black ooze- shown above. That car- or at least that's what it used to be- is completely covered in the stuff.
Another scene shows the Squad walking in the room of a building also covered head to toe with mysterious black goo.
The goo is all over the place, and judging by the amount of wrecked cars and dead soldiers around the city, it's pretty dangerous. But there's also something very odd about it, something almost lifelike. As if something came out of it. That's because something likely did, these guys:
See that weird creature Captain Boomerang is fighting? I'm willing to bet that it's related to the black ooze that's currently littering itself all over the city. I thought that perhaps the black ooze acted as some sort of cocoon for these weird creatures.
I WAS thinking that, until I noticed something else:
Here's another scene with the same weird black-goo creatures, only this time they're wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying guns. It's likely that these "creatures" aren't creatures at all, but are fallen soldiers being possessed by the strange black ooze- much like an alien symbiote.
Of course, many would assume that this black ooze belongs to Enchantress. It would make sense. We know she's the bad guy in the movie (or at least...the badder guy...), and she does possess magical capabilities. It's just not possession capabilities that she has.
She can manipulate others, and she can perform many spells. June Moone herself is being possessed by the witch known as Enchantress, but as far as I know, she's never possessed the ability to possess others. Now, I'm definitely not an Enchantress expert, I know more about the Marvel version than I do the DC. And of course there's the fact that they could just be giving her a new power since- like Tattooed Man- this is her first time in a live-action movie.
But do you know who already possess the ability to mind-control people, and has access to an army of tiny exobytes, probes, and nanobots that could potentially resemble strange black alien ooze?
Yes, Braniac can possess people, thanks to his superior intellect. So I believe that this black ooze that's currently possessing everyone is of his design! Like I said earlier, it's been rumored for a long time that Brainiac will show up in the DCEU, and Zack Snyder even stated that Brainiac is "definitely down the road". Perhaps that road isn't as long as we thought?
But why would Brainiac, the most powerful villain in DC Comics history, be going against the Suicide Squad? Well, he's not really. This is just his attempt to invade Earth, and the Suicide Squad- being such an expendable team- are called in by Amanda Waller to stop him!
But shouldn't he be fighting the greats? Like Batman or Superman? Well, considering the time Suicide Squad is set in, which is rumored to be before or just around the events of Dawn of Justice, Bats and Supes are probably too busy to answer. They're dealing with Lex Luthor, Doomsday, and each other! And as for the rest of the Justice League, well, that team hasn't even been formed yet.
So with Batman and Superman busy, and the Justice League not yet a team, it's up to the Suicide Squad to save Earth from an alien invasion!
But anyway, back to what I was saying about Brainiac not being the big villain for Suicide Squad. I believe that the extraterrestrial black ooze will be the real villain in this movie. The Squad will have to deal with Brainiac's mind-controlled soldiers and stop the black ooze from spreading and taking over the world!
Assuming they succeed in saving the Earth, because that's always what happens in these movies, the boss is going to want to finish the job himself. That's when the mysterious man, Brainiac, crashes down to Earth, ends up in a station on the train tracks, and completely demolishes a train that's heading towards him! The perfect, mind-blowing ending that'll set up Brainiac's true introduction into the DCEU!
So that's my theory on who that mystery character in the Suicide Squad trailer was! Is it odd? Yes. Is it crazy? Yep. Am I wrong and just overthinking it? That's a big possibility!
Whether I'm wrong or right, we'll all find out everything about the Suicide Squad when the movie hits theaters August 5, 2016!