DC's Gamble and Rowling's Return

Watch Two New Trailers: ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’

April 11, 2016 Culture By

Last night MTV aired the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, a block of television hosted by Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in which actors won popcorn-shaped trophies in categories like “Best Kiss.” The show took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, and the film studio capitalized by premiering two new trailers for its upcoming summer blockbusters, which were easily the highlight of the night.

The first trailer was for Suicide Squad, which hits theaters August 5. As the third film in the DC Extended Universe, the title has a tall order to fill. The negative reaction to their second film in this universe, Batman v. Superman, means that all eyes will be on Suicide Squad: the film could make or break the producers’ attempt to compete with Marvel Comics, which has been raking in money with the Avengers franchise.

The second trailer was for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which premieres November 18. The film, written by J. K. Rowling, is a more adult perspective on the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts, with a deeper exploration of the politics between the magic and non-magic communities. Watch both trailers below.

Suicide Squad

In theaters: August 5
What happens: Based on the work of John Ostrander, who created the second iteration of the Suicide Squad in 1987 (buy his book here), the film follows federal agent Amanda Waller’s plan to release imprisoned super-villains in an effort to save democracy from bigger evils.

Director: David Ayer
Who did: Fury
Starring: Ben Affleck, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Jared Leto

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

In theaters: November 18
What happens: Written for the screen by J. K. Rowling and based on her book of the same name, the film takes place 70 years before the events of Harry Potter and follows Newt Scamander as he accidentally lets loose magical creatures in New York, putting a strain on wizard-muggle relations.

Director: David Yates
Who did: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Starring: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell