The Show Stealer
Apart from the surprising, lighter, Guardians of the Galaxy-ier tone of the second trailer, the big takeaway from the preview is how clearly this movie is already being stolen by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The first shot of Harley — reading a romance novel in her cell over tea (pinky up, of course) — is such a great character moment that it’s obvious how much fun director David Ayer is having with the character.
Deadshot gets his shot
The spotlight then shifts to the other Focus cast member in the movie: Will Smith as Deadshot. Apart from Harley Quinn, he’s the member of the team who has been getting the most screen time. Considering it’s Smith in the role, I’d wager he’s one of the more conscious-driven characters, especially with these kind of contemplative, staring-out-of-windows shots and lines of dialogue about saving the world.
El Diablo lights up
El Diablo, a.k.a. Chat Santana (Jay Hernandez) has a fiery power, and later on in the trailer, we see just how hot this guy can get. What’s most exciting about El Diablo here is that he has a full-on superpower. Marvel Studios took its time incorporating the more supernatural end of the hero spectrum, and so far, the DC Universe movies are mostly made up of an alien and a rich guy. Seeing El Diablo’s hands light up is a good sign that maybe this cinematic universe won’t be too dark and gritty for its own good — or forget where these stories came from.
This is Captain Boomerang
Captain Boomerang traditionally has the ability to throw various types of specialized boomerangs. But his scenes in the trailer are notable for their lack of boomerangs. Unlike El Diablo, Boomerang doesn’t have clear moments of power demonstration. He just punches people. Maybe that’s just the structure of this particular trailer, but for now, he’s the odd member of a very odd group.
Killer Croc, the most reptilian member of the group
In a cast full of shocking transformations, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s makeup for Killer Croc is incredible. Before any stills were released from Suicide Squad, this was the character that was the biggest question mark. Would the production be able to pull off a humanoid crocodile monster? And would it look too hokey? The answers, respectively, are definitely “yes” and “no.”
Mr. Eko looks straight badass.
Who is Enchantress?
Cara Delevingne’s character is by far the biggest mystery of the film. Fans who have kept a close eye on the materials released from Suicide Squad should notice that Enchantress doesn’t appear in any group shots. Are we looking at one of the film’s villains? It’s a definite possibility when you consider how separate the character is from the others and that shot of her in what appears to be the White House.
This is Slipknot. He doesn’t get his own character beat in the trailer or show up in what appear to the be later scenes of the film. Slipknot is probably going to die.
What happened to the Humvee?
The first trailer for Suicide Squad introduced the main players — “the worst of the worst” — but the new clip shows glimpses of what they face: some black, goo-like force that seems to have smashed this Humvee, downed a place, and wreaked havoc in the subway system. Whatever it is, it is strong — as is the mysterious big-bad wielding it.
The powerful goo also shows off some of its decorating abilities.
And then the Joker shows up
As someone who is skeptical of any face tattoo but particularly ones that spell out “damaged,” I have to admit that Jared Leto’s version of the Joker seems kind of fun. Heath Ledger’s Clown Prince may very well go down as the definitive cinematic take on the character, but Leto is bringing back a laughier iteration, closer to what has appeared in the comics and television series.
Dressed to distress
If you can ignore the grill, this is about as close to the iconic comic book version of the Joker that we’ve seen in a film.
It's the circle of death
One of the more striking images of the trailer, this circle of death overhead shot is very interesting. In addition to the rows of knives surrounding Joker, there are also piano keys. The rest of the disassembled instrument is off to the side of the frame.
Katana has a katana
Katana has a sword that takes the souls of anyone it kills, which sounds like a truly evil superpower. And if that wasn’t clear, the vapors rising from the blade take the form of skulls. It’s actually pretty creepy.
A big, bright bad
Is this the big bad? She/he/it has some serious power, sparking some neon bolts while shredding through several subway cars. Any antagonist for the Suicide Squad would need to pack a serious punch in order to even the odds, so smart money is on this thing.
Joker takes the dive
Joker gets all of the best shots in the trailer, doesn’t he? This swan dive plays like a more willful recreation of the Joker’s origin, taking him back into the Ace Chemicals vats. Is it a flashback — not necessarily to his own creation, but that of another…?
I’d wager that the Joker’s purposeful dive follows quickly after Dr. Harleen F. Quinzel’s not-so-purposeful fall into the vats down below. What we’re seeing might be the creation of Harley Quinn.
A sad clown
…which brings us back to Harley.
Even though this is a story about bad guys, Harley Quinn feels like the first among equals. She might be the most tragic figure in Suicide Squad — and thus, she might be the most relatable and sympathetic for the audience. She’s a doctor, taken by the Joker to essentially become his Bride of Frankenstein. The result is a loopy, laughy blonde, who is the fractured shadow of her former self. If Harley’s arc is anything along those lines, that’s pretty damn compelling.