Thanks to the bootleggers, the fans win. The dark, creepy, totally awesome trailer for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad has officially arrived online care of Warner Bros. Pictures, in the wake of bad cam-captured versions circulating the web and social media following Saturday’s Comic-Con presentation. I guess they could just blame the Suicide Squad themselves, because they’re ready-made patsies for any occasion.
Here’s the studio’s statement, from Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution:
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.
And here’s what Kroll stated earlier regarding the same footage (see Neil’s response to the whole issue of Comic-Con bootlegs here):
We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. 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. Our presentation yesterday was designed to be experienced in that room, on those big screens!
As you can see, the Comic-Con trailer also revealed a new logo for the movie, with a kind of happy face filling in the Q of Squad rather than a target. Check it out:
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016. It’s written and directed by Ayer, starring Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Ben Affleck bridging this movie to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by appearing as Batman.