The MTV Movie Awards (which, yes, were taped last night in Burbank on the WB lot) aired tonight, and as part of the special events making it worthwhile to tune in 24 hours after the winners were announced, the event sees the premiere of some exclusive clips from upcoming films the target demo (and, let’s be honest, me) are dying to see. Case in point, Will Smith, who received the “Generation Award” was joined onstage by his Suicide Squad co-stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne to unveil a really fun new trailer. Watch it here now.
Some fairly big Suicide Squad reshoots have taken place recently, and rumor has it they’re intended to make the movie lean a lot more heavily on fun and black comedy. Director David Ayer has denied that, but either way, as someone who found the unrelenting bleakness of Batman v Superman tiresome, this looks like just the thing to wash the taste out of my mouth. It’s not Deadpool levels of absurd but it looks like a blast.
Suicide Squad is the second (official) installment of the DC Extend Universe (Warner Bros answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe), following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and, retroactively, Man of Steel. The pic sees a shady government spymaster assembling a team composed of the DC Universe’s worst criminals to take down an even greater evil. To keep them in line, the team members are implanted with “microbombs” in their heads set to go off if they try to flee or if they fail – the “succeed or die” requirement gives the squad its name.
The villainous good guys are led by Will Smith who plays DC villain Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, and Cara Delevingne as The Enchantress. The ensemble cast is rounded out by Jared Leto as The Joker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, the military officer overseeing the team, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, with Ike Barinholtz, and Scott Eastwood. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and hits theaters August 5.