Suicide Squad has been shrouded in mystery ever since it was announced. Many were taken aback that this would be the followup to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The only thing that we were sure of were the cast and crew of the movie. Trailers were released and commercials started to pour in but the plot of the movie was still unknown. Today, that all changed as news dropped just about a month before the movie is to be released. People learned the plot of the movie and it will play an important part in the burgeoning DC Extended Universe.
In the plot synopsis, we learned that the movie takes place post Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is now a world where Superman is "dead". Now government official Amanda Waller has created a team to deal with this larger than life threats since Superman is out of commission. The team is led by Rick Flag, a poster boy soldier and his number two aka bodyguard, Katana. The rest of the team is composed of supervillains; Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Boomerang, Slipknot, El Diablo and Killer Croc. Their first mission is to deal with The Enchantress, who is what her name says she is. If that was not crazy enough to deal with, Batman's greatest enemy The Joker decides that it is time to reunite with Harley Quinn.
How is this movie important? It brings in the element of magic into the DC Extended Universe. Aliens have already been introduced and the Atlanteans and Amazons (who also have ties into Greek mythology) have been touched upon. Both these two elements also have their ties into magic. So it will be interesting to watch this movie and see if they have Easter eggs towards the upcoming Wonder Woman and Aquaman movies. It's also a smart way to introduce this element through a team composed of more or less human characters with no special abilities.
Since this movie takes place after the "death" of Superman, it is interesting to see how the world is responding to it. The synopsis and trailers have implied that there is a void left by Superman's death. We know that Batman is in the movie and he is trying to assemble the Justice League. Maybe this is just more incentive for him to do so? Seeing that a group of his supervillains (who are being forced into this) are risking their lives to save the world may not sit well with him. Also seeing that they have explosive devices in their heads just in case they go off the path might fuel his distrust of government and really spur him into forming the League.
Then there's The Joker. Batman's archenemy has been known to be in the movie but no one knew what role he played. Trailers have implied we will see a lot of flashbacks prior to the main plot of the movie. The Joker who is presumably been around as long as Batman in this universe, can show more of the history of the DCEU. There are many characters shown interacting with The Joker who have not been named yet and this could help show the growing world. It was confirmed from the get go that he wasn't a member of the team so why was he in the movie? Well he's in the movie to reunite with Harley Quinn. But why? Does this version of The Joker have genuine feelings for her? Does he just not like what is "his" not being taken away from him? How will he hinder the Squad's mission? Will he actually help them? If there's one thing for sure about any version of The Joker is that he is unpredictable.
So far in the DC Extended Universe, we have only seen it from two different perspectives. One from Superman's world and one from Batman's. Though those two characters cast a large shadow over this movie, it can make its own way. We will learn more about the universe. The movie doesn't take place in Gotham or Metropolis but instead in Midway City, which in the comics has been home to Hawkman. Amanda Waller brings a new element as we see how the governments are responding to the growing superhero and supervillain element. There have been rumors that ARGUS, which as been recently established as DC's answer to SHIELD, will be in the movie. Needless to say, the DC Extended Universe is growing and we will soon learn more about it on August 5th.