Two days after being debuted at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. have officially released the first look at Suicide Squad.
The footage gives us an early indication of the previously-released synopsis, that a group of criminals would be put together in a task force, with the proviso that they can take the blame – or worse – should things go wrong.
We then get shots of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot and other members of the squad. Interspersed with this is a quick shot of none other than Batman clinging to the top of Joker’s car. And speaking of the clown prince, we get the money shot; Jared Leto’s Joker telling some unfortunate soul that he “isn’t going to kill ya…I’m just going to hurt you really, really, bad.”
The trailer was initially planned to only air to fans in San Diego, with Sue Kroll, the President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros, telling Deadline that the leaked footage would not be officially released.
“We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience. We are still in production on Suicide Squad, and will have a big campaign launch in the future. Our presentation yesterday was designed to be experienced in that room, on those big screens!”
Following two days of Warner trying to remove the leaked footage from the internet, Kroll changed her tune and confirmed why the clip would now be available.
“Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”
Suicide Squad stars Smith, Robbie, Leto, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Ben Affleck, Joel Kinnaman, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez and Adam Beach. It is due for release on 5 August 2016.