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Suicide Squad trailer: Breaking down the latest action-packed footage

by Brandon Russell | January 20, 2016January 20, 2016 12:30 pm PDT

It came in the night. During DC’s special on The CW, a brand new trailer for Suicide Squad was shown off, comprised almost entirely of new footage. We saw Joker. We saw Deadshot and his trademark wrist-mounted guns. We even saw what looked like Joker “creating” Harley Quinn.

What other kind of evil experiments is he conducting?

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, what are you waiting for?! Compared to what we’ve seen from Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad at least shows us brief glimpses of personality. And, wow, is that color? For whatever reason, the DC Cinematic Universe has shied away from color in favor of a grittier approach, but Suicide Squad chucks that trend and actually exudes a bit of life.

What are the secrets hiding in the newest footage? We have you covered.

Set to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the trailer kicks off inside of a heavily guarded prison, a drab, dreary and all-together squalid place. Not somewhere you’d want to be cooped up. As you can tell by Captain Boomerang’s (Jai Courtney) reaction to being in solitary confinement, it’s the kind of place that can drive a person mad.

The footage cuts between the different members of the squad: Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and El Diablo. They all look sullen, alone.

Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sits at dinner with two gentleman and proposes her crazy idea.

“I want to assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet,” Waller says. In other words, she wants to get the characters mentioned above and send them on a suicidal, impossible mission.

More shots of the squad in prison, and we get an idea of how they’re treated; Deadshot appears as though he regularly gets mobbed by guards, while El Diablo, whose power is to wield fire, is tortured with water. Killer Croc, meanwhile, is led into a room full of doctors, likely in preparation for some kind of experimentation.

Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamen) reads over files of the different squad members. We can see Belle Reve Penitentiary labeled on them, which is the same place the villains were held in the comics. Deadshot shoots people, Killer Croc is a crocodile and eats people, El Diablo burns people, Enchantress (Cara Delevinge) is possessed by a witch, and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is just crazy.

Note at this point Flagg says, “You’re possessed by a witch,” referring to Julie Moon/Enchantress, who is standing behind him. Why she’s with him when he is fully aware of her powers is unclear. Is he trying to protect her since they’re in a romantic relationship? Do her powers eventually get to the point where she’s unable to control them?

People are pretty disappointed by Harley’s voice, and I totally get it. She typically has a much higher pitched squeal, but in Suicide Squad she sounds, well, pretty much like Margot Robbie usually does (with an American accent).

With the group now together at the request of Waller (who Harley calls the devil in the earlier Suicide Squad footage), Flagg starts to explain their mission. The trailer cuts back and forth between his speech and footage of the squad in a city, which is ravaged and torn apart by unknown forces.

“This is the deal,” Flagg explains. “You’re going somewhere very bad, to do something that’ll get you killed.”

The action and different cuts sync up beautifully with the music, and we get a look at some of these characters in action. The squad is shown fighting unknown foes. They don’t look human; or it’s just their armor that gives them an otherworldly appearance. They almost look like Killer Croc, perhaps a result of the experimentation done on him?

Among the city’s wreckage, black sludge cakes everything. There’s been a persistent rumor going around that Enchantress winds up being the main baddie, and given her appearance and the aura around her, the black sludge and terrible destruction could back that theory up. Whenever the squad is together, she’s not with them.

“I can’t wait to show you my toys,” Joker says to a man. The hanging meat in the background suggests they’re at some sort of slaughter house.

I’m still not completely sold on Joker’s appearance, but there’s no doubting Jared Leto’s ability to pull the character off. In another shot, we see Joker in full tux holding a gun, laughing like only he can. The image of him all dressed up is very reminiscent of this.

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The Joker and Harley Quinn drive down a city street in his pink Lambo. Last year, we saw plenty of third-party footage of these scenes while filming was taking place. We know that these are flashback scenes, and will feature Batman tracking the two villains down. Could this be when Harley gets captured and put into prison?

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“Let’s do something fun,” Enchantress says. Behind her is a very prominent American symbol: The White House.

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Joker lies among his favorite toys: knives, guns, drugs, alcohol, and, of course, roses.

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Katana holds her blade up, which is affectionately referred to as Soultaker; as the name implies, the blade can rip the soul out of anyone she kills, allowing Katana to communicate with the spirits inside. Look at how the blade emanates these souls like a smoke.

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Now under Waller’s command, Deadshot loads a few weapons, something he probably hasn’t done in a while.

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Cut to a shot of the subway, and we get a brief look at whatever it is the squad are fighting. Whatever it is, it’s capable of tearing a train to shreds; the colors suspiciously match those of Joker, and in the screen grab above, you can almost make out a face—but Joker’s face? We don’t know. Through experimentation, does Joker temporarily possess super powers? Or is this mysterious foe someone we haven’t seen yet?

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As the trailer climaxes, we see Deadshot using his wrist-mounted guns, shooting at an army of baddies. Again, we can’t quite tell where this army came from, and who leads them. I still maintain that they’re not quite human, but their appearance could simply be a form of intimidation. I mean, just look at Joker’s squad, which wears some of the weirdest masks imaginable.

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Toward the end, Joker leaps off a ledge of a building into a vat of goop, and emerges among a swirl of colors. He unveils what looks like Harley Quinn, pretty much confirming (as did the previous footage from Comic-Con) that we’re going to get her origin story. According to rumors, this scene takes place at ACE Chemicals, which is precisely the place Joker was turned into the madman he is today.

The trailer ends with a little sass from Harley, who lifts a purse while the squad is walking down an empty street.

“We’re bad guys, it’s what we do.”

There are a lot of explosions and mysterious bad guys; flashbacks; origins; and plenty of dark humor. We like what we see so far, but will it be enough? Suicide Squad is in very capable hands with David Ayer, so you can bet the action will be great. However, hopefully character development and exposition don’t take a backseat to all the death and destruction.

Suicide Squad will assemble the worst heroes ever on Aug. 5, 2016.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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