Over the weekend, Warner Bros. held the press junket for Suicide Squad in New York City, and last night, the world premiere screening took place in the Big Apple. At the end of the weekend's junket festivities, the entire cast assembled once again, along with director David Ayer and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, for a massive press conference, hosted by DC All Access' Tiffany Smith. Today, to get fans ready for this massive movie, Warner Bros. released the full press conference video, which shows how much of a bond has formed between this tight-knit cast. Best of all, it finally allows Jared Leto to shake himself free of his Joker persona, which he lived at all times on set.
Unfortunately, this 28-minute video from Warner Bros. doesn't include any new footage, but it's always entertaining to see such a huge cast all together in once place. For the second year in a row, this DCEU adventure tore the roof off of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, giving fans an extended trailer before hosting a full screening of the movie. During this new press conference, the cast shares their stories from the trenches, with Will Smith revealing that he tore his calf during production, which was supposed to sideline him for six weeks, but he kept shooting.
Suicide Squad follows the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and takes place in a post-Superman world where the government tries to determine how to respond in the event that an alien with more villainous intentions visits Earth. Ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) offers to recruit society's worst criminals, those possessing lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target: the possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).
When Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Waller's plan gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with the whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is set free from her cage, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) steps out of his fireproof prison, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) each get to wield their signature weapons once more, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) emerges from the swamp. The only condition is this: Obey orders or die. This is strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and of course the explosive devices - developed by Wayne Enterprises - inserted into their necks. However, the arrival of the tatted-up Gotham City mega-criminal, The Joker (Jared Leto), might doom the mission thanks to his plan to reunite with his true love, Harley.
Earlier today, new box office predictions surfaced along with the first reviews, which aren't exactly in sync. The movie is eyeing a debut of more than $140 million, which would shatter the previous August opening weekend record of $94.3 million, set by Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. However, the movie is sitting at a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which may get even worse throughout the week. Take a look at the full press conference video below, as we continue the countdown to Suicide Squad's August 5 release.