UPDATE: Warners has changed its mind. Click here for the HD version of the trailer.
ORIGINAL: With camcorded copies of the Comic Con trailers for “Suicide Squad,” “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” having now leaked online – questions have arisen regarding if and/or when legit copies will hit.
As previously reported, though the “Deadpool” clip is not being released, we can expect the film’s first trailer next month. Fox won’t be releasing the “X-Men: Apocalypse” footage though and the public won’t get a teaser trailer until towards year’s end.
The real question is with “Suicide Squad”. Warners showed off a three-minute trailer that looked fairly complete and went over very well with the crowd. Yet with the film not due out until August next year, it seems far too early to begin an official promotional push.
That isn’t stopping the interest though. Of all the studios, Warners seems to understand people will leak the stuff following bootlegs of Comic Con-only trailers for “Godzilla,” “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” going online in years past. They got ahead of the curve this year and officially released the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer on its Youtube channel immediately after its Con premiere two days ago.
The result? The clip has already reached 19 million views on Youtube alone and has generated a wave of fresh interest and publicity for the film well beyond just the few attendees and bloggers in the room. They opted not to do a similar deal with “Suicide Squad”, but the bootleg leak has been enough of a problem that Sue Kroll, the President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, has issued a statement:
“We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. 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. We are still in production on Suicide Squad, and will have a big campaign launch in the future. Our presentation yesterday was designed to be experienced in that room, on those big screens.”
The statement was released to Deadline who has also posted a breathless report saying that major studios are now reconsidering bringing footage to the event in future – unless it’s the kind of footage that can be released immediately online after it’s shown in Hall H.