There was a big to-do when the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer dropped after San Diego Comic-Con. But that’s not the only DC property coming to movie theaters next year. David Ayer’s supervillain-packed Suicide Squad drops in August of 2016. They just released the footage they showed at Comic-Con, and it’s rad, and may or may not haunt your dreams in both a good and bad way.
Given the ensemble nature of the cast, some of these characters you’re already more than familiar with, while others are more out of left field, at least as far as casual fans go. So, we figured now is as good a time as any to run through the laundry list of distinctive comic book personalities that show up in the first Suicide Squad footage and that we’ll spend the next 13 months waiting to get to know better.
The big bad boss lady of the whole Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) took all the supervillains she could round up, "put them in a hole, and threw away the hole." A government agent, she is not someone to be trifled with, no matter what walk of life you come from.
Not originally a comic book character, Harley Quinn first popped up in the animated Batman series, but after seeing Margot Robbie’s rendition of the Joker’s protégé/sidekick, you may very well wish this was her movie without all of those other knuckleheads around taking up valuable screen time. Alluring, insane, and vicious as hell, she may very well wind up as the breakout character of Suicide Squad.
If nothing else, this role as Captain Boomerang may very well prove that we should start letting Jai Courtney speak in his natural Australian accent. He already has more personality and charisma here than anywhere else we’ve ever seen him. Traditionally an antagonist of The Flash, as you probably gathered from his name, he’s quite skilled with a boomerang.
Played by Cara Delevingne, Enchantress is torn between using her magical, mystical powers for good and evil, though we imagine, given her current circumstances and company, she has fallen prey to her darker impulses as of late, and should be cool to watch on a big screen.
Will Smith has almost exclusively played heroes on screen, so taking a villainous turn as Deadshot is something we’re keen to see. However, the character has often been portrayed as an antihero, and from this footage he appears to be grappling with the good and bad sides of his personality. However this incarnation shakes out, he’s one of the deadliest marksmen in the world, and a snappy dresser to boot.
Fresh off of playing RoboCop, Joel Kinnaman takes the role of Rick Flagg, an elite soldier and the de facto leader of the Suicide Squad under the guidance of Amanda Waller. He starts going on these suicidal missions after most of his earlier unit was wiped out and obviously has some issues to work through.
Played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje under heavy make up, both CGI and practical, Killer Croc may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he makes up for any lack of intelligence with sheer brutality, animalistic strength, and lighting fast reflexes. He also wears what looks like a Hannibal Lector mask in this trailer, which is creepy and awesome.
Not to be confused with the mask-wearing heavy metal band, Slipknot (Adam Beach) is a former chemist-turned-supervillain with a penchant for wielding durable ropes covered in a powerful adhesive of his own creation.
As you probably guessed due to her name, Katana (Karen Fukuhara) wields a magical sword, Soultaker, which steals the essence of those she kills and stores it within the blade. Usually a hero, she has worked in conjunction with Batman before, it will be interesting to see what role she plays in Suicide Squad.
Maybe the scariest looking of the Suicide Squad, Jay Hernandez’ El Diablo has some seriously creepy face tattoos going on. Several different characters have taken the name, but the current incarnation is a former criminal who adopted the moniker after encountering an earlier version who died but was resurrected by a shaman.
You know him, you love him, he’s going to give you nightmares, Jared Leto’s Joker promises to be much different, but no less striking, than other incarnations of Batman’s most notorious foe. If anything, from the short, psychotic burst we get here, coupled with the shiny grill and face tattoos, this version of the Clown Prince of Crime may be even more twisted and brutal than any we’ve seen on screen before.
And of course, Ben Affleck’s Batman shows up for a quick ride, but we’ve been seeing quite a bit of the Caped Crusader lately. Before he gets here, he’s going to have to go through the Man of Steel, which should be a neat trick.
Suicide Squad hits theaters everywhere August 5, 2016.