Not an April Fool’s joke: Theatrical trailer for The Suicide Squad drops

Theatrical trailer for The Suicide Squad takes a more ominous tone than its red-band sibling.

If you ventured into a movie theater for the first time in a year to see Godzilla vs. Kong—and Ars’ Sam Machkovech suggested in his review that, if you can safely do so, that might be the most satisfying way to watch it—you likely caught a brand-new trailer for the forthcoming The Suicide Squad, with some new footage and a distinctly different tone from the red-band trailer that dropped last week. “Although it’s April Fool’s, the only joke here is on the supervillains who agreed to work for Amanda Waller,” writer/director James Gunn quipped in his Twitter announcement of the new trailer.

As we reported last week, The Suicide Squad is more of a relaunch than a direct sequel to the 2016 film; Gunn has said he wanted to take the franchise in a new direction and introduce new characters. He drew inspiration from John Ostrander‘s original 1980s Suicide Squad comics. (Ostrander has a small role in the final film.) Gunn has described his R-rated film as a superhero version of the classic 1967 film The Dirty Dozen, selecting characters he described as “loser, B-grade supervillains.” And apparently, the studio is allowing him to kill off certain characters as he sees fit, which should make for suspenseful viewing. (We’re betting Harley Quinn will survive.)

Per the official synopsis:

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