Suicide Squad: Comic-Con Trailer Analysis

After the release of the Joker’s design in the film, people were starting to think the worst about Suicide Squad. Well, it seems this trailer has silenced most of those concerns.

With a dark but restrained feel, Suicide Squad is evoking more David Fincher’s style than Zack Snyder, the film is looking like it may just deliver. Let’s break the trailer down and see what we can find.

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The trailer starts with Amanda Waller trying to convince a pair of generals to put together the Suicide Squad. They seem interested, but she just needs to give them a little nudge.

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It seems like this is the prison housing all of, or at least part of, the squad. Notice all of the heavily armed guards and the “Firm but fair” printing on the beam.

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Here we have Cara Delevigne as Enchantress, looking not very villainy. In the comics, the character stumbles upon a secret chamber that holds a supernatural being that bestows her with powers she can’t quite control. It seems we’re seeing her stumble onto that power here on some sort of dig or excavation.

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Guards are rushing into a corridor…

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… and toward Harley Quinn? It’s probably a misleading cut, with both angles taken from different moments in the film. But check out this establishing shot of Harley in a very extreme, old school cell. It looks like she’s hanging by her bed sheets and doing aerials.

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Some more shots of her hanging upside down. She’s personalized her prison uniform into something a little more her style. Not her hair isn’t dyed yet. That must be for when she changes into her Squad outfit.

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Here’s Jay Hernandez as El Diablo in his cell, looking contemplative with what looks like a prayer shrine complete with candles. We have to say, we’re honestly shocked he’s allowed to have fire in his cell.

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Another shot of Harley in her cell. Check out the cool playing card inspired tattoo that invokes the Animated Series.

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Will Smith as Deadshot, working a punching bag in his cell.

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Another beautiful shot of Harley hanging in her cell. Check out the lighting with her hair. Also, with all the attention she’s getting in the trailer it’s safe to assume she’s probably going to be the main character.

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Killer Croc, looking pissed as he’s wheeled around like Hannibal Lecter.

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Harley in her cell, looking up at Amanda Waller and asking if she’s the devil with a wonder and innocence very much in the spirit of the character.

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Deadshot out in the open and walking around. Is this before or after he’s caught? Either way, he seems to be doing shopping.

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Deadshot suited up and repelling down the side of a building.

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Here we have a few quick shots of what looks like a gang tearing a place up with machine guns. Note the super creepy and elaborate masks. Are these the bad guys or their henchmen?

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Deadshot taking aim.

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Enchantress is clearly unstable and knows it. She’s scared and distressed. Notice the pentagram on the wall of her cell and the vegetation in the bath tub.

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The assembled team out on the streets. Here we have Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Harley, Katana, and what looks like Deadshot or Slipknot bringing up the rear.

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Out first look at Rick Flagg, suited up and ready for action.

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Deadshot, probably deciding whether or not he wants to join the squad after he realizes they’re being used as expendable grunts.

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The Suicide Squad entering what looks like the lobby of an office building. Notice they have a military escort, because who would trust them to be out on their own?

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Deadshot and Rick Flagg standing together, ready to save the world.

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Deadshot and Flagg storm an alley with soldiers. They’re clearly on the hunt for something or somebody. Maybe it’s the Joker?

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It seems Deadshot has a family he wants to get back to. It very much seems like he’s being played as the everyman of the group, so expect him to be the audience surrogate.

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Rick Flagg is getting cozy with someone. Is that Enchantress before she gained superpowers or someone else?

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Harley sensually dancing… somewhere. It looks like a club, but it looks very empty.

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Killer Croc without the mask. We’re betting he has the hood on because he’s a little self conscious of the way he looks.

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Harley, pretending her baseball bat is a shotgun. Awesome.

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More of the masked henchmen. Here we have a panda bear and a Batman mask. Are they calling Batman out?

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Deadshot with his awesome rifle. It looks like this is from the alleyway hunt from earlier.

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The Joker being led through what looks like an industrial area. It looks like he has a purple leather trench coat on over that white suit we’ve been seeing everywhere.

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Harley licking the bars of her cell, taunting her captors. This is from Amanda visits her in her cell.

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This shot looks like a flashback to Harley before she became the Joker’s girlfriend. She looks terrified as the Joker stands over her. She’s gagged which makes us think he’s about to torture her as part of an indoctrination process.

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Katana distressed as she moves her sword downward. It looks like she might be stabbing herself because the shot is so quick, but it seems she’s painfully putting her sword in its scabbard.

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Katana fighting among the squad’s extra soldiers… or possibly against them?

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Enchantress in her full costume, looking possessed and distant. Has she given into the evil within?

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Harley side by side with the Joker in the car chase we saw filmed not too long ago. We also have Batman riding on top of the car in an attempt to bring them down.

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El Diablo in front of flames as the sprinklers go. Is this a prison break?

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Harley, looking maniacal. Also, is she naked in this shot?

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Our first shot of Slipknot, reading to shoot something.

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This looks like El Diablo again, coming out of a water valve. It looks like he attempted escape and got caught.

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A helicopter crashing to the ground. It looks like the Squad’s mission on the city streets goes very badly and they’re forced to make a stand out in the open.

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Harley cleary isn’t a fan of being locked up, banging against the bars. This looks like it’s from the Amanda Waller scene again.

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Harley, hanging out and chewing bubble gum.

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Deadshot is in the same area, judging by the pattern on the walls. Is he checking to see if a body on the floor is really dead?

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Captain Boomerang clearly talking about crazy women in bed.

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Harley, in what looks like a completely different scene, oblivious to something going on. We’re pretty sure she’s hanging with Deadshot in this scene. Based on his earlier shot, he must find something and call her over, which she only partially notices.

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And then we hear the Joker’s laugh as he slowly approaches the camera. It seems he’s about to torture someone with electricity.

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The squad assembled with Katana at the lead. It looks like it’s from the street sequence we saw earlier.

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And, the last shot has already become a bit iconic: The Joker letting someone in on the fact he’s about to torture the hell out of them instead of killing them. Hooray for mutilation!

 

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