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“All this good versus evil shit is played out,” said Suicide Squad director David Ayer on stage in Hall H at Comic Con. “It’s time for bad versus evil.”

The writer/director’s introduction of Suicide Squad came with a quick appearance from the cast — Adam Beach as Slipknot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo. — and a few big proclamations from Ayer and star Will Smith.

But the meat of the panel was the first Suicide Squad trailer. We don’t have the trailer online yet, but we’ve described the footage as best as possible based on that single viewing. Read the Suicide Squad footage details below.
Ayer says “it’s all about being faithful to the source material,” when making this movie. At the very least we can see that this is a viciously detailed film, with a real eye for keeping things grim and weird. You think the Batman v Superman trailer is dark? It’s got nothing on this footage.

Ayer joked about the many photos and videos that ended up online during the film’s Toronto shoot, saying he had “a little something I found on the internet that Id like to show you.” (Ayer has already said those reveals didn’t ruin anything in the film.)

That footage was a trailer, opening with logos rotating in a motion like the ticking hands of a clock.

It opens on a dinner scene, with some high-ranking cops. There’s talk about some characters being “the worst of the worst,” and a reveal soon shows the cops are at a table with an authoritative Amanda Waller. One cop says “There’s rumors that come of ‘em have abilities. Maybe Superman was some kinda beacon.”

Waller is insistent. “I want to assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet.” A bit of resistance for the idea. “They’re bad guys.” Waller is unfazed. “Exactly. If anything goes wrong we can blame them.” Can she control them? Oh, yeah. “Getting people to act against their own self-interest is what I do for a living.”

Music starts as we begin to see characters in prison. It’s a slow-jam version of ‘I Started a Joke,’ originally by the Bee Gees, released long before their big Saturday Night Fever fame. (Well, this is an even slower jam than normal, as the original isn’t exactly a banger.)

The character intros begin, and the footage is grimy, weird, drenched in shadow and dirt. Harley Quinn is hanging upside down in her weird cell, but sees Waller observing her. Quinn addresses Waller: “Are you the devil?”

There are shots of Deadshot rappelling down a building. Close up on Will Smith’s face, sans mask. “We’re the patsy, we’re some kinda suicide squad.” He’s the good bad guy! There’s a parade of other quick shots of team members: Killer Croc, Slipknot, Captain Boomerang.

One shot has someone in a big cuddly panda suit wielding a rifle, seemingly in a robbery. There’s someone who might be dressed up as Batman, or could actually be the real thing.

Harley Quinn gets a great into shot in full costume and makeup, then a kinda sicko close-up, licking the bars of a jail cell. The trailer cuts to some of the most attention-getting stuff out of the Toronto shoot: Batman on top of a car as it races through city streets. We don’t see the driver, but he is introduced shortly after as the sound of creepy laughter is heard. Jared Leto’s Joker slowly emerges, stripped from the waist up, covered in tattoos, silver teeth flashing, head topped by shock-green hair.

And he speaks: “I’m not going to kill you. I’m just gonna hurt you. Really. Really. Bad.”

The Joker is leering right into the camera as he says it, and man, it’s unsettling. Very few characters in this movie look like anyone you’d ever want to be in a room with, but this Joker looks totally freakish. You’ve seen the image, but there’s something about the crazy-eyed energy Leto has in footage that immediately makes clear what Ayer is going for.

After the trailer and the cast walk-on, Will Smith took the mic. “This group is banging out stuff that is stunning,” he said. “Ayer is the absolute truth.”

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Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016.

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