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Suicide Squad's new official trailer: it's time to meet the team

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

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:

(Warner Bros.)

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.

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