I had such high hopes for the first Suicide Squad movie.

It looked like perfect summer movie fare with its over-the-top theatrics, bombs, guns, a little something-something for all the pre-pubescent lads in the audience, and an amazing trailer.

What we ended up getting was a burnt cinder, something that woefully fell apart the moment any sort of logic, or thought really, was applied to it. Still, there were enough goobers who ensured it would live to see another day and, amazingly, I am still on board with the next installment here. Lord knows the second trailer was a bit frightening on how limp it was in terms of pacing, editing, and the scenes it decided to go with, but, with this one, this one is a winner.

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

This latest trailer, markedly, takes a fresh approach than the other ones before it and it is much better off for doing so. We’re grounded a little more in the emotional stakes of some of those on the squad, namely Idris Elba’s backstory.

Director and writer James Gunn is also the one guiding things here, and that adds a little more to the goodwill that I’m sure many, if not just me, are giving the second installment of this franchise.

There are jokes, there is mayhem, there are more explosions, a lot more David Dastmalchian, and there is hope that is could be a nice addition to the summer movie season.

The Suicide Squad is in theaters and streaming exclusively on HBO Max August 6.

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