The reveals just keep coming, and this time David Ayer has released the mother-load on his 2016 film Suicide Squad which stars Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, and others as the villains of DC heroes who are commissioned by the government to carry out special black-ops missions as Task Force X. While most reveals related to this movie have been surrounding the much-anticipated and worried-about character of the Joker to be played by Jared Leto, in this one picture Ayer gives us our first look at the entire Squad in costume.
Featured in this image from left to right are Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez).
Now though I have mixed reactions about some of the costumes in this image, the overall feel of the team shot is delicious. There is that element of realism that rides as undercurrent throughout the team members, but Ayer has stuck to comic book roots and colors for most of the crowd favorites. In this, I think Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn looks particularly perfect, capturing both the costume and the body language of the demented Quinn as we know and love from the Arkham series. And again, Robbie as Quinn has been the most certain aspect of this film, most people concurring on the opinion that she is indeed best suited for the job. Will Smith as Deadshot too looks damn great – with his shaved head and red-black sniper gear, he looks like he has imbibed the spirit of the incredibly skilled and never-miss marksman. His look I was a bit apprehensive about after having seen certain images of Smith in a long red jacket surface over the internet, but with this close-up shot that Ayer released alongside the team has me won over:
Although not seen in the Task Force X image, Will Smith’s mask and marking eye elevate the look and make it seem right out of the pages of the comics, which is great.
Among the others, I love the looks of both Katana and Rick Flag, having gone full sinister-assassin with the former and grounded for Rick Flag as he is the only non-villain in this group, being a government agent himself. Karen Fukuhara’s suit as Katana has embraced the oriental and does give off the dangerous and fast vibe that a samurai-assassin should possess. While I do not have many opinions on the looks of El Diablo and Slipknot, being not too familiar with them in comic-lore, their costumes safely blend into the rest and maintain the tone, except for the blue jacket on El Diablo which seems jarred and raises doubts. Now, obviously the most controversial one in this picture is Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Although the character does not lead the biggest fan following, it is in the interest of every one of us fans that they do her justice in the film. Her costume looks most detached and apart from the rest of the squad, edging toward an ancient murky image, a little too similar to Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean. While I am not one to judge the character by the look itself, I would say that this costume shows a lot of potential if harnessed in the right way. Yes, Enchantress is a sorceress and so she will be archaic and look more damaged than the rest, owing to her maniacal schizophrenia which makes her lose consciousness of time and identity more than often. I really do hope that this is the angle they go for, and have her Enchantress ego cover herself in squalor and murk, much to the agony of her human self. But I would be understating it to say that her reveal incites fears in me. I do like the direction they went with Killer Croc, except for his attire, here shown in some sort of hoodie which looks plain silly, though I feel Croc will be shirtless and displaying his scaled body for the most part in the film. Jai Courtney as Boomerang I have very few opinions about, considering how I’m still not sure the direction they’re taking the character. But it looks to me like they’re sticking to embrace his uncanny ability to wield the boomerang seriously and in an equally demented way as the rest of his psycho-ward team. His eyes are bloodshot and look hungry, as does he look beefed up for the role.
Overall, the team looks quite good in these shoes and all of us are now being let into the general atmosphere and tone the movie is going to take on, which looks promising. What I especially liked about this picture, again showing of how much attention these people are paying to the source material is the message of ‘Welcome to Bella Reve’ marked above the Suicide Squad.