Is Ben Affleck aka Batman likely to make an appearance in the anti-hero collective aka Suicide Squad? As Warner Bros released the first trailer of Suicide Squad, that was the question a lot of fans were left asking.
The Caped Crusader is momentarily seen in the trailer as he hangs on to a car as it makes its getaway.
WB released the trailer a few days after it was leaked. The trailer was tweeted with this message, "SUICIDE SQUAD Comic-Con First Look, making it official, the way you should see it #SuicideSquad."
For a film that's still deep in production, what Warner's has managed to assemble is not only incredibly impressive, it is also the validation we were all waiting for ever since they announced their ambitious super-villain team-up film.
The trailer works very effectively: Not only are we given a clear outline of the plot (misfit villainous types are brought together for a secret mission), we are also treated to remarkably potent imagery. The shot of Harley Quinn perched upside-down in her tiny cell is one that will linger, especially with the accompanying operatic hymn-like music.
Every member of the Suicide Squad is introduced, and the big names like Will Smith and Jai Courtney are given lines to speak.
But the piece-de-resistance is Jared Leto's Joker. Teased throughout the short clip, he finally makes an entrance towards the end with a signature 'ha ha ha', as the crowd erupts. He is the wild card in a group of wild cards.
And then we get a close-up of his face (the grill remains intact), as he utters his first lines, with a twisted smile on his face, as the crowd swells with anticipation: 'I'm just going to hurt you, really, really bad'
To be sure, this is extremely grainy, cell-phone footage. But, it doesn't seem as if they rushed this one. They were sure of the footage they had and what could be shown to the rabid Comic-Con audience. And following the leaked set footage outing Batman's presence in the film, they've decided to not keep that a secret any longer and the shot is there in the trailer.
The film, always a doubtful idea, now seems like a home-run. It is stylish, fits perfectly with the tone established by Zack Snyder for the DC Universe and embraces the comic-book aesthetic affectionately but retains David Ayer's over-the-top characterization. Leto's Joker, with immensely large shoes to fill may, at first glance, seem slightly similar to Heath Ledger's defining performance, especially his voice, but the character's new design is so unique it firmly becomes its own thing.
Suicide Squad stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis. It is written and directed by David Ayer and will hit theatres on August 5, 2016.