Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for its antihero superhero film Suicide Squad on Tuesday, January 19. It's pretty ridiculous — in the best way possible.
Set to the soaring vocals of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," the trailer offers a sardonic introduction to the squad. Comic book fans will likely be familiar with the movie's premise, which is essentially The Dirty Dozen translated and styled into a dark, cynical comic book.
Superhuman convicts are chosen by the government to perform off-the-book missions in exchange for shorter sentences — it's a way for the government to complete crucial illegal tasks without being "involved."
The trailer gives us a good look at the team, including the psychotic Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the killing machine Deadshot (Will Smith), a man who's part crocodile (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a magic-wielding woman known as Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and the human incinerator known as El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). There's also an extended look at Jared Leto's version of the Joker:
Back in July, during San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. released a trailer (which was promptly leaked) that seemed as if it was aiming to please longtime fans. (Understandable, given the venue.) While the Comic-Con trailer focused on mood, this one provides a formal introduction to the team.
It also has an irreverent, self-aware, almost slapstick feel. Suicide Squad appears to be more in line with something like Kingsman: The Secret Service or the upcoming Deadpool movie than it does an epic superhero film. It signals a break with tradition, and could make the film a breath of fresh air considering the massive slate of superhero movies ahead of us.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.