After the poor critical and somewhat underwhelming box office performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. was left a bit reeling, leaving them to lick their wounds a bit and recalculate their approach to bringing their DC heroes and villains to the big screen. They began with naming new co-leads of DC Films in Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, and followed that announcement with a Justice League set visit for the press that gave many of their more vocal critics some semblance of hope. Most recently came the release of the “Ultimate Cut” of Batman v Superman, which received modestly better reviews on the whole than its theatrical counterpart (cue the cries of: “it actually makes sense now!”).
In all, the studio has done their best to turn a really disastrous situation around, and they’re hoping that the release of Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, will be that final push that gets everything on the right track in the public eye.
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the stars of the film adorn the multiple covers seen below and the issue itself provides a tiny bit more detail on the plot that we’ve received before:
Suicide Squad (out Aug. 5) takes place in a post-Superman world, following the events of Dawn of Justice, as the government grapples with how to respond the next time an alien visits Earth with less noble intentions than the Man of Steel. The answer, according to ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), is to recruit society’s most vile criminals, armed with lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target is possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).
The article goes on to explain that a mystical enemy threatens Midway City, which causes Waller to enact the program utilizing Will Smith’s Deadshot, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, among others. Rick Flag and Katana are tasked with keeping them in line, along with some well-placed Wayne Enterprise’s explosive devices (in their necks). Of course, with Harley, comes the Joker and he seeks to be reunited with Harley, regardless of Waller’s intentions.
Will this be the answer to WB’s hopes and dreams? We’ll find out on August 5th.
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