This past weekend at Comic-Con, fans attending the Batman vs. Superman panel were treated to an additional surprise: the entire cast of Suicide Squad appeared on stage (minus Jared Leto) and introduced our first ever look at footage from the upcoming supervillain film. Despite their pleas to not record any of the footage, someone of course did, and it leaked online shortly thereafter in a really crappy quality. Well, director David Ayer and Warner Bros. feel your pain and have decided to do the right thing and just release the whole trailer online.
Ayer tweeted this afternoon:
Shame our sneak peek Hall H footage was leaked. #notcool it's unfair to the fans who waited in line. And not how I intended folks to see it. As we used to say in the #Navy stand-by to stand-by. We're gonna make it right.
He then sent the link to the official Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailer as it was meant to be seen. What’s funny is that directly after the panel, Warner Bros. said they had no intentions of making that footage available online. Shows how quickly a well-timed leak of really grainy footage can change everyone’s perspective. Suicide Squad is a very important movie for Warner Bros. and the new DC universe, so if people are going to see this trailer, they might as well see it as it was meant to be seen. Says Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures in a statement:
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.
She’s right, it sucks. It’s great that we all get to share in this footage now, but that we’re getting it because a few people illegally recorded it is very unfortunate and does not bode well for the future of exclusive footage at Comic-Con.
The movie’s lineup includes Deadshot (Will Smith), The Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Slipnot (Adam Beach) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).
This trailer puts a heavy emphasis on both Deadshot and Harley Quinn (and, if you pay attention, you can also get a glimpse of Batman, plus a mention of Superman), even though Rick Flag is supposed to be the team’s de facto leader. The Joker money shot doesn’t come until the very end of the footage and, if you thought he was going to look different than those early photographs, it doesn’t quite look that way. The metal grill and tattoos are all still there. (The footage is fittingly scored with an eerie cover of the Bee Gees’ “I Started a Joke”.)
Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5, 2016.