When the Saturday Comic-Con schedule first came out in late June, the official description for Warner Bros.' Hall H panel was this: "A 'sneak peek' at a few upcoming releases." While that certainly wasn't much to go on, most fans expected that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would surely be part of the festivities, and just a few days later that superhero adventure was confirmed, along with a pair of 2015 releases, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (August 14) and Pan (October 7). Some fans were surprised that Suicide Squad wasn't on the agenda, but others weren't since production is still happening in Toronto. Keeping the tradition of Comic-Con's unannounced surprises alive, Suicide Squad director David Ayer took the stage, delivering a rousing speech that had the fans cheering, while joking about starting an "East Coast/West Coast" feud with Marvel. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below, revealing that he wanted to show up at Hall H because that particular crowd, "runs this s--t."
"We were shooting last night in Toronto but we had to come down to report in to Hall H because you guys run this s-t! We're making this movie for you, right here. It's all about canon, it's all about being faithful to the source material. You guys know who you are, and know what you want, and you're going to get it with this show. All this good vs. evil s--t is kind of played out. It's time for bad vs. evil. It's time for a movie about bad guys! Who's got the best bad guys out there? DC Comics, the best villains. Now, I'm not trying to start a East Coast-West Coast feud with Marvel Comics, but someone has to say the truth."
The filmmaker then revealed that he had "a little footage" he wanted to show the audience, debuting a wonderful Suicide Squad trailer that is even more impressive when you take into consideration that the effects aren't completely finished, since production has only been under way for less than three months. I know, it seems a lot longer than that, with the slew of set photos and videos we've posted within that time, where we saw The Joker (Jared Leto) slapping Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) around and driving his ultra-flashy sports car around the streets of Toronto, sometimes with Batman (Ben Affleck) hanging on to the roof of his exotic whip. Aside from that, and a few other exterior scenes where the group is seen walking together, there isn't much else we've seen from this superhero movie, but thanks to some wonderful editing and a cleverly-remixed song, the Suicide Squad trailer played incredibly well in Hall H.
The video tease why Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) wants to put this team of baddies together, along with showcasing the villains themselves. Deadshot (Will Smith) is seen hitting a punching bag, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is doing some sort of suspended aerobics, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is seen holding a lit match very close to his fingers, Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) gets wheeled in on a standing gurney, just like Hannibal Lecter, and we also get an intriguing look at Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) before she gets her powers. Oh, I almost forgot, we also get our first real look at The Joker (Jared Leto).
David Ayer then brought out the entire cast, Karen Fukuhara (Katana), Adam Beach (Slipknot), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Will Smith (Deadshot), with Jared Leto as the only notable absentee, but, unfortunately, the cast and their filmmaker couldn't stick around for a Q&A session. Still, the enthusiasm that fans saw from the cast speaks just as highly about the film they're making than the footage itself, with Will Smith stating that the movie is "absolutely fantastic" before the cast and crew left the stage. Thankfully, Warner Bros. released the official trailer today for all to see, so we're breaking down the footage as best we can to see what unique details we can cull from this footage.
Opening Dinner Scene
The trailer opens with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) having a steak dinner with two men who appear to be high-ranking military officials, just based on their appearance. The scene shows Waller explaining that she wants to "assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet who I think can do some good." When one of these confused officials wonders why she's using "bad guys," she retorts by saying that, if anything goes wrong, they can blame the baddies, since they have "built-in deniability." Who are these men? We have no clue. Unfortunately, we don't get any insight into why, exactly, this squad was assembled, and what their main objective is. Waller also mentions that "it took some time" to assemble this squad, so it's possible that some of these criminals could have been rotting away in this private jail of hers for much longer than others, but we don't know which villain Waller apprehended first. There has also been a rumor circulating that this jail has a "special area" in the basement, reserved specifically for characters with superhuman abilities, like Enchantress and Killer Croc, but we haven't seen any evidence of a secret part of the jail. As of now, all we know is that Amanda Waller has brought all of these baddies together, and plans on using them to do her dirty work for her. What, exactly, that dirty work is, we don't know, but hopefully we find out when the next trailer hits.