Well folks, we now know when we’ll see the first official trailer for Suicide Squad. While we’ve already seen footage from the DC supervillain film, Warner Bros. really only intended for that sizzle reel to be presented to Comic-Con audiences. As such, we’ve yet to see an official trailer for the movie, but that all changes in a matter of weeks.
The CW announced today that it will be airing two new superhero-centric specials on January 19th. The first is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Their Time Is Now airing from 9:00-9:30pm ET/PT, which will provide an in-depth look at the new Flash and Arrow spinoff series. The second focuses on DC’s big-screen offerings with a half-hour special called DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League from 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT. This special, hosted by Kevin Smith, will take viewers behind-the-scenes of some of the DC Films (probably Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice most heavily) and debut the first trailer for Suicide Squad. Moreover, the special also promises a sneak peek at Wonder Woman, maybe with some behind-the-scenes footage from the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero feature?
Suicide Squad is a big movie for Warner Bros.—it’s a very different kind of superhero film and they’ve got an interesting filmmaker at the helm with David Ayer—and I’m incredibly curious to see how the first official piece of marketing material aims to introduce this movie to audiences at large. Remember, that sizzle reel was intended for fans who are already familiar with characters like Harley Quinn and Killer Croc. This debut trailer will aim to get folks interested who’ve never heard of Deadshot.
I also find it kind of funny that this DC Films special is airing on The CW, given how hard Warner Bros. has worked to delineate the small-screen superheroes from the big screen universe. They’ve made it clear that they don’t have any intention of ever blending the two, so for now they exist wholly separately—and will both be marketed on the same evening.
Check out the official descriptions of the specials below, with more info on who will be appearing from the DC Movie Universe side. And click here to read Allison’s review of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which debuts on January 21st.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THEIR TIME IS NOW is an in-depth look at the origin stories of the heroes and villains of the highly-anticipated new series, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, premiering Thursday, January 21, 2016 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). Featuring show clips and interviews from LEGENDS, ARROW, and THE FLASH executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer, and Wendy Mericle, THEIR TIME IS NOW introduces viewers to the immortal madman Vandal Savage, the time master Rip Hunter, and the motley band of heroes and rogues he assembles to try to save the future of humanity: Hawkman, Hawkgirl, White Canary, The Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave.
DC FILMS PRESENTS: DAWN OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE invites viewers behind the scenes of the exciting new movies coming out of the DC Films universe, culminating in the thrilling world premiere of the all-new trailer for “Suicide Squad,” DC’s misfit crew of antiheroes forced into saving the world this summer, with director David Ayer. Hosted by filmmaker/writer/lifelong comics fan Kevin Smith, with special guest DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, the special showcases the explosive landscape of DC’s greatest heroes, kicking off with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in theatres this March, and with a sneak peek from the upcoming Wonder Woman feature film.
Get a look at never-before-seen footage, and see interviews with such stars as Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, and directors Zack Snyder and Patty Jenkins—just a few of the creative forces behind the much-anticipated film franchise that will bring together the greatest collective of Super Heroes in the upcoming Justice League feature film. And because no Super Hero could make his or her mark without a truly formidable foe, the special also provides glimpses of DC’s most famous Super Villains.