The first ‘Suicide Squad’ trailer shows Toronto like you’ve never seen it before

By Sarah Kelsey

Before the Pan Am Games took over Toronto, there was Suicide Squad – the weeks-long shoot for the forthcoming DC Comics film starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. Now, we’re getting our first glimpse of how the city looks in the highly anticipated blockbuster.

The haunting three-minute clip shows Yonge Street and Yonge-Dundas Square looking eerily apocalyptic, and, at some points, the city’s buildings are barely recognizable.

Throughout filming there were a number of over-the-top scenes shot in Toronto's downtown core that garnered attention on social media and news outlets. There was the downed helicopter and the crashed plane as well many an overturned car. On several occasions, Toronto’s major arteries were closed overnight to accommodate the film, and Toronto's own "Batman" even said he'd retire when the film hit theatres. By all accounts, Suicide Squad – which follows a band of villains tasted by the government with saving the world – will be the biggest movie ever shot in the city.

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The trailer was initially screened at San Diego's Comic-Con convention on Saturday, much to the delight of attendees who sent out a flurry of tweets about the film. Director David Ayer had initially hoped to keep the clip private, but after a pirated copy of the footage appeared online Warner Brothers released the official spot early.

The cast of Suicide Squad at Comic-Con. Photo: © Getty Images

The film company’s marketing chief Sue Kroll said in a statement: “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.”

While this may not be the trailer Warner Brothers had initially hoped to release, it's sure to get every Torontonian excited about seeing the movie. Also starring Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Viola Davis, Suicide Squad hits theatres on Aug. 5.

Sarah Kelsey is a gal in the know who regularly appears on television and writes for a variety of outlets. Check out her work at sarahkelsey.ca, on Twitter @sarahkelsey, Instagram @sakelsey and Pinterest @sakelsey.

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