Warner Bros. continues to barrage us with promotion for the upcoming DC antihero team-up film Suicide Squad, which marks the third outing in the current canon. Following the, financial, success of 2013’s Man of Steel, which saw british actor Henry Cavill step into the world-famous red boots of Superman, director Zack Snyder sought to bring the much-loved Dark Knight into the new DC Comics cinematic world he’d created. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released back in March of this year, with Snyder opting to bring influences from Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and pitting the two heroes against one another as a way of introducing Ben Affleck’s older, grittier Batman. The result was a very dark, very depressing movie, but one that served the purpose of placing ‘The Trinity’, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, together on screen.
It seems that the backlash of comments about the dark tone of Batman v Superman have been heard, as was shown to be the case with the recent reports from visitors to the set of Justice League (2017), with the filmmakers making it clear that the latest outing will be the darkest of all the DC films they will make.
Arguably, Warner Bros. themselves had acknowledged the early reception, those who saw the film before its wide release, and took steps to ensure that their big budget DC summer offering, Suicide Squad, would be a more upbeat affair. Marketing for the film has certainly shown that to be the case, featuring almost entirely action scenes, set to the sound of lively music, such as the second trailer’s use of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
The studio has now unveiled a set of high-quality character portraits, by way of EW, including that of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, The Joker and Amanda Waller, shown below, with a mug-shot style look encapsulating the personalities of each of the film’s antiheroes:
With its release date fast approaching, there’s no doubt we will continue to see more promotional material such as this, but for now these images present, in terms of quality, the most detailed look at the characters we’ve seen yet. You can make out smaller inclusions on the costumes here and there, the bullseye on Deadshot’s right breastplate for example, that points to the amount of thought that has gone into creating each character.
Hopefully we can say the same about the movie upon its release in just over three weeks time.
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Suicide Squad shoots into cinemas August 5th.