New Suicide Squad Synopsis and Photos Released

Thursday, 07 July 2016 - 6:45PM
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Thursday, 07 July 2016 - 6:45PM
It's now officially less than one month until Suicide Squad hits theaters, which means the marketing team seems to really be buckling down for the film's big debut. Still yet to come is the final trailer (which may end up premiering at SDCC) as well as the Suicide Squad themed music video from Rick Ross and Skrillex. Until then, interviews with cast members and brand new photos from the film seem to be hitting the web almost everyday. In fact, a new, detailed synopsis of the film has been released along with a few more pictures of the film to accompany the Suicide Squad themed issue of Entertainment Weekly, and all of it looks really exciting. 

Opening quote
Suicide Squad (out Aug. 5) takes place in a post-Superman world, following the events of Dawn of Justice, as the government grapples with how to respond the next time an alien visits Earth with less noble intentions than the Man of Steel. The answer, according to ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), is to recruit society's most vile criminals, armed with lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target is possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).

Waller's program doesn't get a green light, though, until Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, and Waller needs to activate the whole squad of prisoners. The baddies get a break. Deadshot (Will Smith) has his Second Amendment rights ­reinstated, Harley (Margot Robbie) is carefully excised from her birdcage, Diablo (Jay ­Hernandez) is released from his own fireproof fortress of solitude, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) strap their weapons back on, and Killer Croc ­(Adewale Akinnuoye-­Agbaje) is popped from his swamp. The one condition for their restricted freedom: Obey orders or die, a rule strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), his samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and the explosive devices inserted into their necks courtesy of Wayne Enterprises. (Thanks, Batman!) 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.

But a funny thing happens while these scumbags try to become heroes – they each must absolve themselves of their crimes even if society won't. And that's where it gets interesting. A layer of humanity – and sadness – resides underneath these characters' stories as they each grapple with whether they can be redeemed.
Closing quote

The most exciting image is without doubt the the new cover of EW, which seems to be somewhat of an homage to the Alex Ross drawing used for the cover of the Batman: Harley Quinn anthology graphic novel. 

The photo of Joker, Harley, and the character played by Common is also quite interesting, as it's somewhat reminiscent of a certain scene from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's graphic novel, Joker.

In the aforementioned graphic novel, Joker murders an old business partner who wasn't loyal during the Clown Prince's last stint in Arkham. While all of that's going on, Harley dances up on stage. As some of the scenes from the trailers have shown, in the film, Harley also dances on a set very similar to the one shown in this picture, which makes one wonder whether or not Common gets to take the unlucky role of the disloyal business partner.

If so, it'll be yet another aspect of Azzarello and Bermejo's work that makes it on film. The two comic creators successfully created an iteration of the Clown Prince that seemed closer to a modern day gangster than most other versions - and that's clearly something that Ayer and company have been trying to adapt for the big screen. One of the costumes that the Joker wears is also quite similar to the one drawn by Bermejo in the novel as well.

Other than that, the other pictures from EW also show off a couple different shots of the titular Squad and one of Ayer talking with Will Smith, too. Sure, none of it's too terribly groundbreaking, but this ought to help hold the crazed fans of Suicide Squad over until the next trailer hits the web.

Suicide Squad comes to theaters on August 5th.
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