With Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice disappointing many, eyes are starting to turn to Suicide Squad as DC’s real chance to still claim the summer.
It obviously wasn’t meant to be that way with BvS set to be be the biggest movie of 2016, but sadly the movie itself got quite a few negative reviews and failed to hit the now perfunctary $1billion, leaving many to think that DC/Warners was in trouble… however with the BvS Ultimate Edition making many reconsider the movie, Suicide Squad has everyone looking at it to really put the new DC universe on the map.
“Two years ago Suicide Squad was a tertiary [DC property]. No one knew anything about it. It was a cool little playground, and I was going to go make my movie,” says writer/director, David Ayer.
“Now it’s like the hype bus. All of the attention has swung onto it, and it has to carry a lot more weight than it was ever intended to. I think it can sustain it. But it’s a lot of pressure. You definitely feel the pressure.”
EW has a few new bits of info on the plot of the movie… approach with caution as there are minor spoilers in here:
Suicide Squad takes place in a post-Superman world, following the events of Dawn of Justice, as the government grapples with how to respond the next time an alien visits Earth with less noble intentions than the Man of Steel. The answer, according to ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), is to recruit society’s most vile criminals, armed with lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target is possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).
Waller’s program doesn’t get a green light, though, until Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, and Waller needs to activate the whole squad of prisoners. The baddies get a break. Deadshot (Will Smith) has his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley (Margot Robbie) is carefully excised from her birdcage, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is released from his own fireproof fortress of solitude, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) strap their weapons back on, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is popped from his swamp. The one condition for their restricted freedom: Obey orders or die, a rule strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), his samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), andthe explosive devices inserted into their necks courtesy of Wayne Enterprises. (Thanks, Batman!) Throwing a wrench into all these plans is the tatted Gotham City arch-criminal, the Joker (Jared Leto), and his laser-like plan to reunite with his true love, Harley, mission be damned.
But a funny thing happens while these scumbags try to become heroes – they each must absolve themselves of their crimes even if society won’t. And that’s where it gets interesting. A layer of humanity – and sadness – resides underneath these characters’ stories as they each grapple with whether they can be redeemed.
Interestingly, in the comics Midway City is the home of Hawkman and Hawkgirl… so more universe building, perhaps?
It’s interesting that we know a little about the Joker’s story in the movie: “Throwing a wrench into all these plans is the tatted Gotham City arch-criminal, the Joker (Jared Leto), and his laser-like plan to reunite with his true love, Harley, mission be damned.”
Sounds to us like Joker isn’t really anything to do with the Suicide Squad’s mission and all he wants is to cause havoc and get his girl back. And we LOVE this idea of this being his modus operandi here… don’t you?
Anyway, cool new images and covers from the latest issue of EW below. Enjoy….