At last, DC fans finally have their first look at Rocksteady’s next game, which is leaving the heroes behind to focus on the villains. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League puts everyone’s favorite band of villainous DC misfits front and center in an over-the-top mission to take down the world’s greatest heroes.
The first trailer for the game, which was unveiled at the DC FanDome digital event, teases the story, gameplay, and characters fans can expect to see in Rocksteady’s latest. Check out the trailer below:
For those who haven’t read the comics or watched the live-action and animated movies or missed Arrow, the Suicide Squad is actually a top-secret black ops initiative called Task Force X created by Amanda Waller, a high-ranking official in the U.S. government. While the name “Suicide Squad” was first used in 1959 by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in the pages of The Brave and the Bold #25, the better-known modern version of the Suicide Squad was created by John Ostrander in 1987’s Legends #3. The team of villains-turned-anti-heroes was later spun off into its own, critically-acclaimed series, which was written by Ostrander and drawn by Luke McDonnell.
As you probably guessed from the trailer, the team is made up of captured villains who have no choice but to serve their country and save the world in exchange for their freedom. Of course, the team is nicknamed “Suicide Squad” because their missions usually come with a high probability of death.
Mainstays of the team over the years include quite a few DC characters who have already appeared in Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham games, including Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, and Deadshot. But now that the studio has access to the full roster of Suicide Squad members throughout DC history, the team can finally explore some of comics’ most zany and ridiculous baddies — Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, Thinker, Rag Doll, KGBeast, and so many more. The studio could even throw in some DC C-listers in there like Condiment King, Kite Man, Weather Wizard, and Crazy Quilt (at least that’s this writer’s hope).
For now, the game’s roster of villains includes Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, and King Shark. It’s definitely a more tame version of the team than what James Gunn is planning in his movie.
With the Suicide Squad setting sights on the Justice League, this also means that Rocksteady will be able to work with Batman again in some form, even if the intent is to kill him this time. Rocksteady confirmed that its Suicide Squad game is a continuation of the Arkham trilogy, Fans hoping for another Batman game should instead turn their attention to WB Montreal’s Batman: Gotham Knights, which was also revealed during DC FanDome.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will arrive in 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC at launch.