With a stellar cast and an intriguing premise, Suicide Squad is shaping up to be one of 2016's most eagerly anticipated movies. Promising an edgy take on the superhero genre, Suicide Squad plays role reversal with many of its main characters, as a group of reprobates and villains is formed to take on a dangerous mission.
Until this point, it was unclear exactly what this mission was, and why Amanda Waller chose to assemble her team. The latest trailer actually shed some light on this, though the hints are buried pretty deep.
After the first trailer highlighted the dark, psychological thriller aspect of the film, this trailer is far more upbeat. It proves that while Suicide Squad will definitely challenge our concepts of morality, it's also gonna be crazy fun (emphasis on the crazy). And there's one character who's quietly pulling the strings, and it's not Amanda Waller...
Enchantress' Secret Role
There's a lot of mystery surrounding the character of Enchantress. When we were introduced to Task Force X in the movie's first promotional photo, Enchantress was among the gang. However, subsequent group shots excluded Enchantress, and she's never shown with the Squad in the trailers.
This lead many people to speculate that Enchantress' role in the plot was separate to Task Force X's mission, and that she might be the true villain of the piece. The official synopsis was released a few months ago, which seems to imply that this might be the case..
Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.
At first glance, this seems like a reformulation of what we know already: Task Force X are formed to take out a threat, they're actually the "patsies", and they have to decide whether to save the day or abandon ship. It's a pretty solid plot, and a nice twist on a typical superhero tale.
But there's one line in the synopsis which points towards Enchantress' role as the secret villain: that the Squad are "on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity." Which definitely lines up with what we know of Enchantress: in the comics, June Moon gets possessed by an incredibly powerful magical being while exploring a haunted house.
From what the first Suicide Squad trailer revealed, it looks like this has been adjusted slightly, so that June is possessed when spelunking. She might also have performed a ritual to deliberately invite the Enchantress to possess her, considering that we see June immersed in water under a pentagram in the first trailer.
And the second trailer might have revealed just what Enchantress is planning...
She's Got Big Plans
There's a part in the trailer where the Squad is being described by Rick Flag...
"Deadshot: guy who shoots people. He's a crocodile and he eats people. Burns people... And you're possessed by a witch."
The "possessed by a witch" statement seems to be addressed to Enchantress herself. And interestingly enough, she's actually with Rick in this scene.
This definitely takes place after her possession, so the glasses seem to be a disguise. But why is this scene important? Notice the documents that Rick Flag is holding: they're prisoner transfer requests. Rick Flag might be a member of the Squad but he's also Waller's plant: he's there to make sure they don't do anything super evil like steal a sparkly purse (I'm looking at you, Harley.)
The above scene seems to be taking place in a government building, which actually lines up with another hint about Enchantress' role from the second trailer...
We already know that Amanda Waller is an epic puppet master, sending in the expendable Task Force X to do her dirty work. Now it seems that Enchantress is playing a similar puppet master role, as she controls some of the most powerful people on the planet: that's the White House logo in the background of this scene.
So what is Enchantress' plan, and how is she going to use her infiltration of the White House to wreck havoc? We might have a while to go until we find out but one thing's for certain: Enchantress is definitely not the quiet side-character she seems to be.