A new look at Suicide Squad has arrived, but this time the superpowered villains aren’t the focus. Instead, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller gets the spotlight this time around. The Oscar-nominated actress fills the role of the comics character who serves as the one holding the leash of the titular Suicide Squad, as her governmental figure puts the team together and sets them up with their highly dangerous missions. Waller is described as one of the fiercest characters in the film, and it’s hard to argue with the casting of Davis here. She’s one of our finest performers and getting to see her go toe-to-toe with folks like Will Smith’s Deadshot or Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn should be a delightful treat.
There’s also quite a bit of new footage scattered throughout this promo, and I’m curious to see if we’ll get a new, final trailer for the film during the Suicide Squad Comic-Con panel on Saturday. The DC Comics adaptation is one of the centerpieces of Warner Bros.’ presentation at the San Diego convention, after making a surprise appearance last year where the very first footage was unveiled via an “exclusive” sizzle reel that was subsequently bootlegged and put online. The entire cast is expected to be in attendance, including Jared Leto, so it should make for a lively panel, and you can be sure we’ll have a full recap up here on Collider shortly after it ends.
For now, check out the new Suicide Squad ad below via IMDb. The film also stars Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Adam Beach. Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5th.
For more on Suicide Squad, peruse my set visit coverage below:
- ‘Suicide Squad’: Over 55 Things to Know about the Ambitious DC Film
- ‘Suicide Squad’: Margot Robbie on Understanding Harley Quinn, Cracking The Joker, and Fighting in Heels
- ‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer on Shooting on Film, Directing The Joker, and Working in the DC Universe
- Here’s How Batman Figures into the Plot of ‘Suicide Squad’
- ‘Suicide Squad’ Director and Cast on the Intensely Personal Rehearsal Process
Here’s the official synopsis:
Suicide Squad follows the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and takes place in a post-Superman world where the government tries to determine how to respond in the event that an alien with more villainous intentions visits Earth. Ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) offers to recruit society’s worst criminals, those possessing lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target: the possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).
When Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Waller’s plan gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with the whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley (Margot Robbie) is set free from her cage, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) steps out of his fireproof prison, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) each get to wield their signature weapons once more, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) emerges from the swamp. The only condition is this: Obey orders or die. This is strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and of course the explosive devices – developed by Wayne Enterprises – inserted into their necks. However, the arrival of the tatted-up Gotham City mega-criminal, the Joker (Jared Leto), might doom the mission thanks to his plan to reunite with his true love, Harley.