In a little less than a year, we’ll be getting Warner Brothers first big step into their shared comic book universe film franchise with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. But the real indicator as to how the venture may fare may just be how well the film after Batman V Superman turns out to be. That film is Suicide Squad, which is currently in production.
This evening director David Ayer tweeted out the first photo of most of the villains who make up the titular Dirty Dozen-ish covert operations group forced to work together by the government. We get our first look at Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (expect to start seeing a lot of that cosplay at cons fairly soon), Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and most of the rest of the Squad. Conspicuously absent is Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller, the government agent in charge of the group, as well as a more representative shot of Jared Leto and how his Joker will look in the film. (A previously released picture of Leto threw the internet into an uproar until it was revealed that the tattoos he was sporting were a tribute to the character’s 75 year history.)
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 3, 2015
Going from left to right we have Adam Beach as Slipknot, Courtney, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress (standing), Karen Fukuhara as Katana (crouching), Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Robbie, Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo.
Personally, I’m liking the here. The gritty esthetic that it seems that Warners is trying to set for their shared universe is much more suited to this film than perhaps a Superman film. In fact, based on this one picture, I am more interested in seeing Suicide Squad than I am for Batman V Superman. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until August 5, 2016 when the film hits theaters.