Last month, a prequel comic for the highly-anticipated Suicide Squad was released, which shed some new light on the relationship between the iconic villains The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). While we certainly knew that they were a couple long before this comic's release, it delved deeper into their romance. As it turns out, that courtship plays a huge part in The Joker's "master plan" of the Suicide Squad movie.
Entertainment Weekly debuted new cover images from this week's print issue, which feature various members of Task Force X. The site also unveiled new photos, which give us our first look at Common and confirm that he's playing a character known as Monster T. The site reveals that Amanda Waller's (Viola Davis) initial plan for these villains doesn't get the green light from the government, until a mysterious villain threatens Midway City. These criminals are told to obey orders or they'll die, thanks to explosive devices placed into their necks by none other than Bruce Wayne's (Ben Affleck) Wayne Industries. Here's an excerpt from the site about how The Joker fits into all of this.
"Throwing a wrench into all these plans is the tatted Gotham City arch-criminal, The Joker (Jared Leto), and his laser-like plan to reunite with his true love, Harley, mission be damned."
There have previously been reports about where Suicide Squad takes place in the DCEU timeline, but this new report confirms that the story takes place after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the government trying to figure out "how to respond" the next time an alien like Superman visits earth. This report also reveals that both Rick Flagg and Katana are in charge of the explosive devices place in the Task Force X members, and that June Moore a.k.a. The Enchantress, is the first person that Amanda Waller seeks out for this Suicide Squad. Each of these characters are said to be grappling with their past, and whether or not they can be redeemed.
While we have seen bits and pieces of The Joker in the past, we've usually seen him on his own, apart from the other Suicide Squad members. There have been rumors that The Joker spends most of his time in the movie locked up in a jail cell, but we have already seen footage from the set and the trailers that show The Joker and Harley Quinn riding around town in a fancy sports car, with Batman riding on the roof. EW also spoke with writer-director David Ayer, who talks about how this movie went from a little-known property to a massively-hyped summer movie.
"Two years ago Suicide Squad was a tertiary [DC property]. No one knew anything about it. It was a cool little playground, and I was going to go make my movie. Now it's like the hype bus. All of the attention has swung onto it, and it has to carry a lot more weight than it was ever intended to. I think it can sustain it. But it's a lot of pressure. You definitely feel the pressure."
While nothing has been confirmed yet, David Ayer has been rumored to come back to the helm for Suicide Squad 2, which Warner Bros. wants to shoot in early 2017. Naturally, that news likely won't be confirmed until Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, and only if it becomes a big hit at the box office. While we wait for more details, take a look at the EW magazine covers along with the new photos below.