This past weekend at San Diego Comic Con, particularly Saturday’s panels, proved to be a major hit for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Saturday featured a terrific panel for the March 26, 2016 film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the August 2016 film, Suicide Squad. While the Suicide Squad trailer was released immediately after the close of their panel for fans unable to attend the Hall H screening or those unable to make it to California, the SDCC footage for David Ayer’s film, featuring the long-awaited screen debut of Harley Quinn, leaked after an attendee pirated the footage. Today, in a response to said leak, Warner Bros. unveiled the SDCC footage as it was originally meant to be viewed – in clear, full, HD. Here is the trailer for Suicide Squad:
- The trailer features a cover of The BeeGee’s song “I Started A Joke.”
This is the statement Warner Bros issued with the release of the trailer today:
“Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”
– Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures
There must be something said for the statement that Ms. Sue Kroll made regarding the release of the trailer for “Suicide Squad.” It’s an interesting time in pop culture and movies where there is no longer a curtain to contain the magic and film studios immediately have to cater to the fan base in a way that was never seen before in the golden age of Hollywood. In a sense, film studios are almost forced into revealing their products to combat piracy, leaks, and other harmful actions on part largely to the people that make these movies and franchises so successful. I’ll leave the examination of this to someone far more suited to make the argument, but for now I believe it’s worth mentioning, especially as Kroll’s words are massively overlooked due to the overwhelmingly exciting nature of the trailer.
Suicide Squad opens August 2016 and takes place in between the events of 2013’s Man of Steel and 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.