After many teases and controversy over the reveal of Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker in Suicide Squad, director David Ayer has now unveiled the villainous group in full costume. The first official image is sure to spark as many polarizing thoughts over Harley Quinn’s non jester-like appearance as there were for the Joker and his Juggalo tattoos. Fortunately for the costume department, this will take the focus for how muted everyone else looks.
Now that we have our Suicide Squad, or Task Force X if you want to refer to them by their official designation, it’s clear that DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. want to continue down the path of a more grounded world like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Why change what worked, right? I’m fine with that, but the costumes look so bland and lifeless. There’s very little color compared to their comic book counterparts. At least give them a little more personality to them.
The ladies of the group stand out to me the most. Enchantress (Delevigne) looks like she came from a swamp, Katana (Fukuhara) has this mysterious ninja assassin thing going for her, and then we have punk rock Harley Quinn (Robbie) who looks like she’s trying to mirror the Joker’s look with the tattoos and the bling. The only thing that resembles the iconic Harley is the blonde pigtails, pail skin, and big, red-lipstick smile. There are definitely going to be some naysayers who disapprove, but I don’t think it’s worst get up the character has ever worn.
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Pictured above (from left to right) is Adam Beach as Christopher Weiss aka Slipknot; Jai Courtney as George “Digger” Harkness aka Boomerang; Karen Fukuhara who is rumored to play Plastique, but clearly looks to be in costume as Tatsu Yamashiro aka Katana; Cara Delevingne as June Moone aka Enchantress; Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn; Will Smith as Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Waylon Jones aka Killer Croc; and Jay Hernandez as Chato Santana aka El Diablo.
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Behind the group photo on the backdrop reads, “Welcome to Belle Reve,” which is the prison facility that houses the Suicide Squad. The question I’d like to put out to the floor is, why is the Joker not present in this photo? Is he not an official member of the group? Will Task Force X be sent out to hunt down the Joker? Filming has just began, so we’ll hopefully get a teaser at Comic-Con as filming will wrap in August. One could assume at least that it will be the prime location to reveal footage and a plot synopsis.
For those worried about Deadshot not having his infamous mask, Will Smith’s Facebook page graciously answered that question with a new photo too:
And as if we had enough to worry about with whatever is going on with Leto’s “damaged” Joker, Ayer had to go and throw out the name Task Force X. Suicide Squad is a great, catchy nickname, but I think by throwing “Task Force X” into the mix it may confuse mainstream audiences who are not comic book readers or are not familiar with this ragtag group of villains.
But I digress.S What do you think of the costume choices for our anti-heroes?
Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad also stars Jared Leto as The Joker and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. This movie is set to be released in theaters on August 5, 2016.