There appears to be something in the water. Given that the majority of filmgoers have been waiting patiently to get back to seeing movies the old ways, studios seem to be sensing this. At least, that appears to be the case, what with Warner Bros. dropping yet another trailer for The Suicide Squad. Last week there was a Red-Band trailer. Now there’s one that fleshes out a bit of the cast. Save for adding a few little quibbles into who is the main focus here. Just take a look to see for yourself.
Dipping even further into things, here’s the film’s official synopsis, which was conspicuously absent, the last go around:
“Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.”
Taking the above and putting it together with the other trailer, a weird question forms. Does half the cast die early on in the film or potentially get captured? It appears that only one set of characters is seen interacting with the other. Meaning they could either meet a MacGruber movie type end. The other possibility could be that this is closer to a GIANT X-Men #1, in which a new team goes and saves and old team. It could also be that neither of these has any connection to the end product. What matters is how over-the-top everything looks here. James Gunn is bringing his own superhero sensibilities to the DC Universe and it looks glorious. John Cena cracking wise. The drollness of David Dastmalchian. Idris Elba. Joel Kinneman and his yellow shirt, getting a chance to do more than seem annoyed (like he was in the first film). It all makes for a film that can’t get here soon enough.
The Suicide Squad lands in theaters and HBO Max, to save the world (while also making a bit of a mess) starting on August 6, 2021.