It’s a little hard to believe, but Suicide Squad will be in theaters in less than two months. It seems like just yesterday rumors were swirling that Warner Bros. was considering a feature film adaptation of the niche comic, and now one Batman v Superman and plenty of reshoots drama later, Suicide Squad is almost upon us. Last night during the NBA Finals game, two new TV spots for the film aired, and while they only show the briefest flashes of new footage, they do a nice job of contextualizing the movie as a good-time-havin’ affair, which seems like a direct response to the gloomy dullness of Batman v Superman.
What’s neat about Suicide Squad is that it’s a writer/director movie, which is rare in the age of blockbusters. David Ayer, fresh off his World War II film Fury, wholly originated this villain-centric pic, and while reshoots did indeed take place to work on the film’s third act—possibly to add a new action sequence—the film we’ll be getting in August is going to be a David Ayer film. Moreover, he’s got a bang-up behind-the-scenes team, including cinematographer Roman Vasyanov (Fury, End of Watch), costume designer Kate Hawley (Crimson Peak, The Hobbit), and Oscar-winning Gravity and The World’s End composer Steven Price.
We’re still pretty in the dark on story specifics, which is another nice thing about this particular film. Too often we know every major plot point of a movie before we ever get to lay eyes on it, but with Suicide Squad Ayer still has yet to confirm who the principal antagonist is. Here’s hoping Warner Bros. doesn’t go full Batman v Superman on us and spoil any third act reveals when the final marketing push kicks into high gear in July.
For now, take a look at the new TV spots below. The PG-13 film stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delvingne, Adam Beach, and Karen Fukuhara. Suicide Squad opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 5th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Suicide Squad:
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?