First things first — here it is:
‘Guy shoots people. He’s a crocodile, and he eats people. Burns people. You’re possessed by a witch. And she’s just crazy.’
Two conclusions, I think, can be drawn immediately:
1) Between this and a few moments in the Batman V. Superman trailer, DC’s staunch stance of ‘We’re gonna continue down our relentlessly dour, anti-Marvel path no matter what and there’s nothing anyone can say or do that will change our minds. So there!’ seems to be retreating faster than Monthy Python’s knights when faced with a killer rabbit.
2) It is actually impossible to gauge how good this movie will be because putting ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to anything is just cheating. The whole thing could just be
Sam ‘Pavement Excitement’ Worthington Jai ‘The Eyes Are The Window To The Soul So My Soul Must Be A Basement’ Courtney reading a phone book, and it would be entirely reasonable to get hyped up for it if ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was playing.
We also have more of Margot Robbie’s Harley.
Who, despite some pretty awful lines — ‘We’re baaad guys; this is what we do!’ — seems to be bringing a bit of charisma and verve to the role.
Then, to help counteract that — you don’t want too much charisma after all — there’s Jai Courtney’s partner in helping you fall asleep: Joel Kinnaman, looking — well, if you guessed ‘stern’:
To be fair to Jai, though, the trailer does gift him with the best image of his career thus far — sipping a beer during a firefight:
Although he is Australian, so it’s not easy to discern whether the cameras were rolling at this point, or whether this is just an outtake.
There are new shots of Cara Delevigne’s Enchantress:
Delevigne is of course famous for being a model and for having eyebrows.
Uh, guys, at the rate you’re going, someone in this cast is gonna have to do some real heavy lifti-…
Oh. Ok. Never mind.
And, finally, of course, this:
Leto’s much talked about, much mocked, Joker, who — like any respectable psychopath — likes to relax by lying down and laughing in his meticulously ordered collection of knives and blades:
And here he is with Harley:
I dunno, despite the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ trickery I just can’t get excited about this. But you know what, maybe I’m being too harsh on the whole thing.
What did Twitter think?
That #SuicideSquad trailer should end all of the talk about the DC movies being grim, grey, and humorless.— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) January 20, 2016
Suicide squad looks amazing but 99% of my reasoning behind this is because margot robbie— gracelord solo (@deadcooI) January 20, 2016
Jai Courtney was my favorite part of the Suicide Squad trailer and life is full of surprises.— Nick Mundy (@dickfundy) January 20, 2016
"Suicide Squad looks like DC's version of Guardians of the Gal—" pic.twitter.com/4pGG16ZDQw— Eren - CabooseXBL (@Caboose_XBL) January 20, 2016
The trailer for Suicide Squad is different than what I expected. pic.twitter.com/Q96pmQCklS— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 20, 2016
Hell, I don’t know what to think. Pajiba, tell me what to think.