Margot Robbie, who plays Dr. Harleen F. Quinzel/Harley Quinn in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad from Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment, was featured in a video trailer from the flick shown on Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con in Hall H. Unfortunately, one of the fans at the panel for the David Ayers-directed movie filmed the video using a smartphone, and leaked it online. Warner Brothers has since taken the clip down, though fans who saw it have commented that Robbie’s performance stole the show.
Ayers told the fans gathered at the Suicide Squad panel that there were already a lot of movies out that were about “good vs. evil.” He stated that Suicide Squad was more about “bad vs. evil.”
The clip opens up with Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, the head of a secret government agency, addressing a group of U.S. generals at a dinner. She tells them about her plans to assemble together super villains in prison into a task force. She tells the generals that if something goes wrong, they can blame the villains.
In the leaked Suicide Squad clip, Robbie reportedly was seen imprisoned inside a maximum security prison while also held captive within a cage there, giving a gymnastics performance and appearing to be having a crazy good time, despite her circumstances. She is one of the super villains that are recruited by Waller to go on black-ops suicide missions to fight crime. Though the super villains are definitely bad, and evil in their own ways, they are banded together by Waller to combat a greater evil.
It had been rumored that Ben Affleck would be in Suicide Squad playing Batman, and according to the New Zealand Herald, he will be doing just that. Also starring in Suicide Squad as other super villains will be, as most fans already know, Jared Leto playing the Joker, Jai Courtney in the role of Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne playing Enchantress, Waylon Jones/Killer Croc will be played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman will play Rick Flagg and Floyd Lawton/Deadshot will be played by actor Will Smith. The cast made a surprise appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
In the leaked clip from Suicide Squad, when Waller arrives to recruit Quinn, she asks Waller “Are you the devil?” The trailer had received nearly 5 million views before it was yanked.
Though Jared Leto just had a brief appearance in the Comic-Con trailer, when he first showed up in the clip, that part of the trailer got the most cheers and applause from the fans at the panel. In the clip, the green-haired Leto holds what looks like electrodes connected with wires, and he is seen telling a hapless victim that he will not kill him, but he will hurt the person, “really, really badly.”
Then, a version of the Bee Gees song, I Started a Joke, played, serving as the soundtrack for the brief clip. More action shots were shown in the clip, including one of Batman on top of the Joker’s car, trying to get inside of it. Unlike with Batman v Superman, Warner Brothers has no plans to release the official version of the trailer until possibly in the fall. The movie is scheduled to be released in 2016.
As Warner Brother’s President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Susan Kroll, put it, the video trailer “was not intended for a wider audience.” She added that the movie is “still in production,” and Warner Brothers plans to “have a big campaign launch in the future.” The Comic-Con trailer was only meant to be viewed and “experienced in that room, on those big screens.”
Margot Robbie was among the super villains featured in the leaked trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con. It made a lot of waves, getting millions of views before Warner Brothers had it yanked from YouTube. Though the video trailer was not intended to be released until later by Warner Brothers, in a big campaign, it likely served to generate a lot of positive publicity and buzz from fans in advance of the flick’s release.
Written and Edited By Douglas Cobb
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