While many fans were hoping for news about the future of characters like Batman and Green Lantern (who it is now at least known will star in a movie titled Green Lantern Corps), the focus of Warner Bros.' Hall H panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon was very much Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
While the former is almost certainly guaranteed to be a hit, Suicide Squad is going to be a big test for superhero movies and the future of the DC Cinematic Universe. Should it succeed, darker, villain led releases could start becoming more common, while Warner Bros. will no doubt be hoping that the movie is a hit for them similar to how a property as obscure as Guardians of the Galaxy made big bucks for Marvel.
Based on the footage that was shown from Suicide Squad at the event though, it appears as if the studio has nothing to worry about! For reasons unknown, they've decided not to release it officially, but a bootleg version found its way online almost as quickly as Warner Bros. released the new Batman v Superman trailer.
Perhaps they were worried it would overshadow the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel, because seeing the likes of Harley Quinn and The Joker in action for the first time is undoubtedly even more exciting than those two iconic heroes going to war...
What made it so great? Here, you will find an in-depth breakdown of the footage's biggest, best, and most sinister moments.
6. Amanda Waller's Grand Plan
The trailer's lengthy opening scene sees Amanda Waller lay out her plan for the Suicide Squad to what are presumably the men funding the operation over dinner in a fancy restaurant.
Describing those she's chosen as the "worst of the worst", it sounds like Belle Reve is going to be a hidden location which the public are unaware of in the DC Cinematic Universe (whereas in the comics, it's simply like any other prison, just specifically for those with powers).
"I want to assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet who I think can do some good," she says before being questioned about the fact they're all villains. To that, Waller replies: "That's right, and if anything goes wrong, we blame them." She's as ruthless as in the source material then, something which is evident when she makes it clear that she's an expert at getting people to act against their own self interest.
As expected, David Ayer is sticking to the comics when it comes to the reason for Task Force X being created, though there was no mention in this trailer of the team being outfitted with explosives which will instantly kill them if they disobey orders. As Waller seems confident that nothing will lead back to her or the men she's talking to should things go wrong, perhaps that's a plot point this movie will end up shying away from.