Warner Bros Japan released a full trailer for their upcoming anime movie Suicide Squad ISEKAI today. It’s just the latest in an unexpected avalanche of Suicide Squad related material from DC — we’ve had movies, we’ve had shows, we’ve had new comics and there will at some point be a video game. This reporter never thought he’d have to write the words “Amanda Waller” so many times.
What brought all this on? Did some weird data from an algorithm dictate the Suicide Squad couldn’t lose? Because they have lost, several times — the original film was kind of a flop. James Gunn’s fix-up follow-up THE Suicide Squad was much better (it’s one of my favorite superhero films personally) but box office wise it didn’t become a hit either. Why so much, and why now?
Anyway, pile an anime onto all that. The setup is that Waller somehow discovers a portal to another dimension full of magic and monsters, and recruits the Squad for a secret mission to infiltrate said dimension — the EXACT reason hasn’t been revealed by any of the pre-release material, but if they fail, the bombs in their heads will blow up. The Squad this time consists of Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot, Peacemaker and Clayface.
In the crime-ridden city of Gotham, Amanda Waller, the head of A.R.G.U.S., has assembled a group of notorious criminals for a mission: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Peacemaker, Clayface, and King Shark. These Super-Villains are sent into an otherworldly realm that’s connected to this world through a gate. It’s a world of swords and magic where orcs rampage and dragons rule the skies—an “ISEKAI”!
With lethal explosives planted in their necks, there’s no running or hiding, and failing the mission means a one-way ticket to the afterlife! Can Harley Quinn and her crew conquer this perilous ISEKAI realm?! Brace yourselves for the pulse-pounding saga of the elite task force known as the “Suicide Squad” as they embark on a jaw-dropping adventure!
Questions about its existence aside, the trailer makes Suicide Squad ISEKAI look like it could be a lot of fun. It’s a collaboration between Warner Bros Japan and Wit Studios, and it’ll be out sometime next year.