Warner Bros sent out the trailer for The Suicide Squad this morning. There’s no rating on the trailer, but sources indicate they’re shooting for an R with this one. The trailer is Red Band, but don’t worry — it’s of the “swearing” variety mostly; you won’t see anything that’ll spoil your lunch.
So what is this — a sequel to the David Ayer Suicide Squad, or a reboot? It appears to be…both? It’s a new story, but several of the same actors show up in the same roles, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn most prominently. Also, the two movies are called “Suicide Squad” and “The Suicide Squad” and they were released within five years of each other. Why, that’s not confusing at all!
If it’s a better movie, though, it’ll serve its purpose of making everyone forget about the first one. And this is a pretty solid trailer that amused me in quite a few places (though I’ve been hoodwinked by trailers before, so who knows until launch). For one thing, it opens with the first Harley gag in a live-action motion picture that actually felt like something Harley would do. It was even funny!
Oh boy, King Shark! He’s really having a moment lately, turning up on several episodes of The Flash, a regular role on the Harley Quinn cartoon, and now here on the big screen. And they keep finding the best people to play him: Ron Funches in the cartoon, SLY STALLONE here. (Also, Shelley Michelle says this is actually her body but with a shark’s head.)
And Shark is joined by such AAA superheroes as Polka-Dot Man, who can rip the polka-dots off his costume and turn them into things, Weasel, a CGI-animated weasel who feels like DC’s answer to Rocket Raccoon, Peacemaker, a psychotic ultra-right-wing take on Captain America (and played by John Cena), Thinker (the guy with the plugs on his head), and Javelin, who has a javelin.
We’ll find out more when The Suicide Squad launches August 6 in theaters and on HBO Max.