Ellie Wells ’18 / Emertainment Monthly Assistant Movies Editor
Ever since the buildup of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to an immense payoff with 2012’s The Avengers, Hollywood seems to have caught comic book superhero fever. Not that it wasn’t there before, but compare the two released in 2009 with the eight slated releases for next year. With many tiring of the repetitiveness of what Hollywood churns out when adapting panel to screen, something new and different is deeply craved. And hopefully, if the first look at David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is to be believed, it will come very soon.
The film is based around a team of super villains that perform certain high-risk missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. Interestingly, most of the characters in the upcoming film are unknown to the casual viewer. Yet there is anchor with the Joker, and to a lesser extent, Harley Quinn, which is perhaps why the trailer focuses mainly on the pair. The cast, which includes Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delvengine and Viola Davis, is all solid and seem to be in their element.
The trailer itself is eerie, yet there is an air of mystery to it, which is to its benefit. It is satisfying yet more is craved. What kind of missions will they go on? What will the team dynamic be? How will audiences be introduced to the characters, and how will empathy form for them in spite of the things they have done? After all, like it or not, audiences are often more drawn to the villains.
The final scene is especially chilling, and one can only wonder how Jared Leto’s Joker will compare to Heath Ledger’s iconic turn a mere eight years ago. He’s creepy enough, and the manaical laugh is spot on. Who is he torturing? Is it Harley Quinn? Or, in light of the Batman v Superman trailer, Jason Todd?
One thing is for certain — August 5th can’t come soon enough.
Watch the trailer below: