The Avengers: Age of Ultron currently sits atop the box office, acting as not just a team-up of Marvel’s biggest heroes, but a sign of things still on the way to the studio’s shared universe. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are taking a different path: Not long after Batman V Superman introduces two new members of the Justice League (at least), David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will offer a look at the criminal side of the film universe.
As rumors have mounted of seeing Jared Leto’s Joker in Batman V Superman, and a Ben Affleck cameo in Suicide Squad, the production hasn’t offered many official details or insights – aside from Leto’s new Joker design. But that has all changed.
Photos from the production revealed that Will Smith would be sporting a stylish wardrobe as Floyd Lawton – also known as Deadshot – but significant hints about the rest of the cast, or even rumors about their costumes have been hard to come by. Director David Ayer teased a reveal via Twitter, keeping fans in suspense for some glimpse at the next DC Comics adaptation.
Given that he’s an infrequent Tweeter, and that Squad actress Cara Delevingne (playing Enchatress) also took to Twitter to claim that “something really exciting is happening,” fans couldn’t help but speculate what reveal – or reveals – were incoming.
And we got more than we bargained for. Take a look:
To be clear, the picture shows (from left to right) Adam Beach (Slipknot), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Karen Fukuhara (rumored for Plastique, but clearly playing Katana), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag – with ONE ‘g’), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Will Smith (Deadshot), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) and Jay Hernandez (El Diablo).
Again, we would remind comic fans that the first look at any comic movie’s cast can be far from exact (the photo above doesn’t appear re-touched to the point of typical marketing shots). In the case of the Squad – or their official designation, Task Force X – the image speaks to the real potential of the film: their strength lies in the ensemble, not one villain or another. Given that, it seems only fair that they should all get their reveal at eachothers’ side.
The costumes are sure to stun, if for no other reason than movie fans have never seen a film version of Deadshot, Boomerang, Harley Quinn, or Killer Croc. While all designs won’t be a hit with every fan, you can’t say the photo doesn’t provide several hints as to each character’s personality (or exuberance).
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will likely be a hotly debated design, since the Joker’s sidekick has gone on to enjoy real solo success as a comic fan-favorite. Bringing such a manic character to life is a film’s worth of challenge in itself, and it seems director David Ayer isn’t looking to reinvent the villain quite as much as The Joker. Pale-skinned, platinum blonde, studded short-shorts and laced heels are all in keeping with her (many) comic looks, but – as is the case for every one of these villains – it’s hard to predict too much from their appearance alone.
What do you think of these costumes and looks? Are you eager to see Ayer’s vision of the Squad in motion, or do some of these designs stray too far from tradition in your mind? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.