A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous special missions in exchange for shorter sentences.
Margot Robbie (Dr. Harleen F. Quinzel / Harley Quinn), Cara Delevingne (June Moone / Enchantress), Will Smith (Floyd Lawton / Deadshot), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Jared Leto (The Joker), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang)...
Let's face it. In comparison to the company's direct competitor Marvel, DC, cinematically-wise, is in a hard place right now. Marvel's recent successes include the fantastically popular Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War movies. And that's just for 2016 alone. Meanwhile, DC has Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which was panned by critics for being too boring and non-sensical. Pretty disappointing, considering that DC owns the intellectual property to two of the most badass superheroes (i.e. Batman and Superman, in case you're not aware) that the comic world has ever seen.
DC definitely needs to step their superhero movie game up. Mixing Batman and Superman seemed like a perfect plan on paper, but we all know how that turned out. Having two of the most marketable and most familiar superheroes in the world together in one screen doesn't actually translate to a good film.
So instead of more superheroes, how about we have more super villains instead? Relatively unfamiliar and unknown villains at that.
That's the whole premise behind DC's upcoming movie "Suicide Squad." Slated for release in theaters worldwide on August 2016, the movie seems to be very promising. One of the most promising, in fact, compared to DC's other film releases.
What makes Suicide Squad special? We know that a lot of casual moviegoers out there wouldn't be familiar with a lot of DC comics' fringe characters, and as such, wouldn't actually know who the people in the Suicide Squad full movie are. But the mystery and weirdness is part of the movie's appeal.
The Squad's first appearance was in DC's 1959 The Brave and the Bold series. In this regard, the group actually predates Marvel's The Avengers by at least four years (the first The Avengers comic was released on 1963). So, yeah, the Suicide Squad is old enough to be someone's grandparents.
While the group is composed of DC's most infamous criminals and villains, the Suicide Squad isn't directly involved with doing supervillain acts like killing the good guys and taking over the world. The members of the Squad (i.e. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Joker, Rick Flag, Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, Enchantress, as per the upcoming 2016 movie) were all former inmates who were later drafted by the US government to help out with some high risk missions. The group was initially called as Task Force X.
The premise of the group is simple: every successful mission they complete gives them a chance to get their sentences reduced so they can get out of jail early. Should they fail or misbehave (i.e. escape and go back to being a regular villain once more), they will get killed.
In the comics, the Squad members actually have microscopic bombs implanted inside of their bodies which will be detonated in case of mission failure or misbehavior. However it is unknown if this particular aspect will feature in the film. The identity of the person (or group) that the Squad will fight against in the movie is also unknown as of this writing.
Yep, Suicide Squad, despite its fierce name and its slightly violent-looking trailer, is expected to have a PG-13 rating. Marvel has already dabbled in R-rating territory before with Deadpool, but DC does not seem to want to go down that route. The company's reasoning is that they want to be consistent when it comes to ratings for their movie series. Most of DC's past movies were at PG-13, so it's no surprise that they want it for Suicide Squad full movie also. This is why some are doubting that the implanted micro-bomb thing that the Squad members have in the comics won't actually make it into the film.
The Joker is probably the Suicide Squad member who enjoys the most popularity and name-recognition in the group (the second spot goes to Harley Quinn, probably, since both are from the Batman universe). The last movie where Joker was featured in was the 2008 film The Dark Knight. As most of us know, the late Heath Ledger played the role of Joker in that film and his performance was considered to be one of the best roles every played by a character actor (thus making Heath's Joker, the best Joker in the Batman universe, period).
Will Jared Leto ever top Heath Ledger's performance? It's too early to say anything right now, but from what we've seen in the Suicide Squad full movie trailers, it seems that Leto has his own unique take on the character himself. It's been reported that Leto is going all out with his portrayal, counting on his chops as a method actor to flesh out one of comic world's most notorious crazy villain. Will Smith mentioned that Leto never stayed out of character, even while he's off-set, and he even mailed a dead rat to his co-star Margot Robbie (who will be playing Harley Quinn on the movie). This kind of dedication to his character is both weird and admirable at the same time. We only hope that Jared Leto's efforts would pay well on the Suicide Squad full movie itself come release day.
Of course, you can't have a DC movie without some of DC's popular characters in it. Despite his latest movie being panned by critics, Batman is expected to make a brief appearance in Suicide Squad. Ben Affleck was seen on set when the movie was filming in Toronto, so this fact is expected to be a certainty. Reports are also popping up that Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, will also be in the Suicide Squad full movie. As to what capacity these characters will be playing and what their influence on the Squad members are still unknown. Some even suggest that the presence of these two characters is DC prepping up the public for their upcoming project Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.