Warner Bros releases first glimpse of ‘Suicide Squad’ anti-heroes

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Comic-Con: Pirated Footage From ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Deadpool’ Forces Studios to Take Action.

Studio bosses have released an official trailer for Suicide Squad, after exclusive footage was leaked online following a screening at San Diego Comic-Con.The film’s Twitter account posted a cast selfie, snapped at Comic-Con and originally posted on Instagram by Cara Delevingne, who plays Enchantress in Warner Bros.’ forthcoming supervillain flick.

Social-media analysis firm Way to Blue found that Comic-Con was mentioned 2.6 million times between last Wednesday and Sunday — a 53% increase from 2014 — with TV dominating the discussion, thanks to shows like “Teen Wolf,” “The Walking Dead” and “Once Upon a Time.” Overall mentions of the top 10 titles, led by “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” increased by over 739,000.Exclusive previews could be on the chopping block at the fanboy convention as Warners counters illegal postings by issuing its own version of footage from the supervillain film.If you’ve paid any attention to San Diego International Comic-Con over the past decade or so – even if, like me, you’ve mostly watched it from your couch – you know that the world’s largest fan convention has undergone significant changes in recent years.

The picture also features Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, and – best of all – Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie flipping the bird at the camera. And so he did, giving fans a high-definition look at 2016’s Suicide Squad, complete with Jared Leto’s Joker in full maniac mode: “I’m not going to kill you,” The Joker says. “I’m just going to hurt you really really bad.” “Warner Bros.

The cast of Suicide Squad — about a team of DC villains recruited to save the world using morally slippery tactics — appeared on stage at Comic-Con’s Hall H to introduce the film’s first trailer. With the rise of strong female protagonists on film and TV comes an increase in women talking about Comic-Con — 57% of mentions this year were made by females, compared to 53% from last year’s event. However, while both studios first insisted websites take down the footage, Warners ultimately reversed course, releasing its own authorized Suicide Squad trailer. Forty-five years later, comics are still a vibrant part of the four-day event, but SDCC has morphed into a wholly unrecognizable beast, a marketing juggernaut for Hollywood’s nerdier franchises. Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad is part of DC’s new extended universe; a multi-character tale of dangerous criminals working together for the better good.

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,” Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing and international distribution, said in a statement. “We have been unable to achieve that goal. Warner Bros. (“Batman v Superman”) and 20th Century Fox (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) took the biggest share among studios being discussed, with 14% each. Although all three films — which were enthusiastically received at the massive fanboy convention — were generating plenty of excitement online, the flagrant piracy could also damage the standing of Comic-Con itself, making studios more cautious about hosting advance looks at exclusive footage if it’s going to immediately be leaked far and wide on the Internet. “Filmmakers are already nervous about showing this stuff so far in advance. Superstars of the entertainment industry unveil trailers and announce big news to audiences thousands-deep, many of whom have camped overnight for a seat in the hall.

Major villains who make an appearance in the trailer include the Joker’s right-hand gal, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney). 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. You have to pry the footage out of their hands,” said one executive. “People are now going to be even more hesitant about showing anything but finished trailers.” A number of studios did use Comic-Con to preview material that the studios themselves then immediately posted to the web. 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.” The crowded selfie still had nothing on the one taken by Channing Tatum during Fox’s Comic-Con panel for X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four.

San Diego is a lovely city, sunny and full of friendly people who don’t seem to mind the influx of fans, most of them a little tired and many of them a little drunk. When you head down to the convention center, which stretches along on the harbor, you walk beside people in sensible shoes and cosplayers alike; the costumes range from gentle nods to pop culture to pitch-perfect recreations of favorite characters. Pedicab drivers with Iron Throne-shaped carriages trundle past; the distant sound of bagpipes grows louder until you see a bunch of buff, kilted men dancing for Outlander.

And, particularly in the case of Deadpool, the new superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds, the hard-R dialog featured in the reel, if it is eventually incorporated into a future trailer, would require restrictive red-band treatment before it could be formally released by the studio. Past the Jesus fans with signs about eternal damnation, past the Bernie Sanders fans with signs about progressive policy changes, you reach an astounding crush of people – the sprawling convention center itself.

If the tectonic plates of SDCC have been shifting over the years, the focus moving from the independent artists to the corporate behemoths, things seem to have settled into a relatively stable juxtaposition inside the exhibition hall. Suicide Squad, about a team-up of DC Comics villains with a sprawling cast that includes Will Smith and Jared Leto, isn’t due until Aug. 5, 2016, which is more than a year away.

At Artist’s Alley, comic book artists talk with and sell work directly to their fans; at booths for major television networks, those same fans queue up simply to enter the area where they can buy things. It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience. We are still in production on Suicide Squad, and will have a big campaign launch in the future.” Both studios did what they could to curtail the damage. In the lines for the biggest halls, the type you spend hours waiting in without moving to see the most famous panelists, people are settled and relatively jovial, playing games and swapping stories.

On Friday afternoon in an out-of-the-way section by the water, I puzzle at the stretch of people sitting along the sidewalk, until a Con official passes by with an announcement and I realize that I’ve stumbled upon a hidden stretch of the Hall H line. Hall H is the storied one, the place you camp out to visit – its line is where celebrities sweep through in the middle of the night to take selfies and hand out pizza and thank the kind of fan who would wait day and night for them. But the funny thing about Hall H and panels full of A-list celebrities is that when you’re at home on the couch, that’s all that comes through – the convention’s for the big announcements, and being a hardcore fan is camping out overnight for your favorite comic book movie franchise.

This leak not only violates the trust of Comic-Con and the studios, but each of the attendees who respect the bond we have long held.” By Monday afternoon, though, Warners reversed course. I go to a books-to-comics-to-film adaptations panel and listen to Nicole Perlman, the screenwriter of Guardians of the Galaxy, talk about her Ms Marvel screenplay and the pressures of writing one of the few female-led superhero films. On the final afternoon, Juliet Landau, who played Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, shows the trailer of her new vampire documentary, and then hundreds of us launch into a rowdy sing-along of the Buffy musical episode.

So many people were there celebrate something they loved, but many of the film and television studios were working hard to push stuff they were sure we’d love in the future. Out back, I watched live-action role-players swordfight and work a spinning wheel in period dress; out in the streets (and clubs) of San Diego, I felt as if Hollywood had simply picked up and moved a few hours south – and in a way, it had.

At SherlockeDCC, a party for Sherlock fans, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue were asked a question by a woman cosplaying as a rabbit mentioned in an episode – and cleverly done up as a Playboy bunny. Several hours later, I confusingly found myself surrounded by actual Playboy bunnies, and, because it was Comic-Con, artfully strewn test tubes and beakers. It was the sort of event that reaffirms the best intentions of a fan convention: people with a long-held and deep love of a thing connect with creators who value that love and offer up something truly special in return.

The rest of us scattered around the city all paused to watch the Star Wars’ crew’s fireworks go up over the harbor: a reminder that we were all there to celebrate something, together.

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