I have to admit, my Suicide Squad knowledge is not what it should be. That being said, this trailer got me interested in seeing the movie. Especially after getting a glimpse of Margot Robbie’s take on Harley Quinn which is part Arkham Asylum part Batman: The Animated Series. You heard it here first, Margot’s performance is going to outshine the rest of the cast, possibly even Jared Leto’s performance.
This trailer didn’t give us much, but it was enough to explain the basic premise of the movie. In short, a bunch of bad guys are assembled to work on behalf of the government. So who is a part of Suicide Squad? Well, the trailer didn’t give much information to novices like me of the squad. I recognized Deadshot, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and Katana. I’m familiar with Captain Boomerang but nothing in the trailer spelled it out that the character Jai Courtney was playing was him. As for the other squad members (Slipknot, Enchantress, Rick Flagg, and El Diablo), they were not familiar to me.
Most of the cut scenes of the squad feature Harley. The little I saw of her performance was enough to leave me spellbound. Like I said, I think she is going to stand out in this movie.
You do get a glimpse of Killer Croc in the trailer and I think he looked believable and not some green, animated blob on the screen. To me, Croc, Harley, and the Joker came across as young, and punk-ish. Not aged-looking like Bruce Wayne. Since Suicide Squad is going to tie-into Batman vs Superman (in the trailer we see Batman riding on top of sports car driven by the Joker), I’m interested to see how the timeline of events line up with Batman vs Superman and possibly even Man of Steel. Could it be that Robin gets killed in the Suicide Squad movie, which ties into why we see the Robin suit displayed in the Bat Cave in BvsS trailer? Time will tell.
As for Leto’s performance of the Clown Prince of Crime, I thought it was good, not great, not bad, but good. And to be fair, we only get to see seconds of his performance so it’s hard to make a judgement call at this point. Interestingly, if you watch closely it appears that the Joker (at the end of the trailer) is talking to Harley before she becomes a villain because earlier in the trailer you see (what looks to be) Harley tied down to an operating table and the Joker’s hands next to her head. Here is a screen shot of what I’m talking about.