While everyone is eagerly awaiting DC Comics’ upcoming clash between heroes in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” many fans of the comic book universe are more excited for the follow up movie focused on some of the franchise’s more iconic baddies. Now, thanks to a new cover shoot, fans are being gifted with brand new images of some of the characters that will make up the 2016 film “Suicide Squad.” 

As previously reported, Empire Magazine is devoting the cover of its upcoming December issue entirely to “Suicide Squad.” As a result, fans were given an updated look at the clown prince of crime himself, Jared Leto as The Joker. The 43-year-old actor even shared some details about what it was like to play the madman. However, the magazine has released another pair of cover art images featuring the characters Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). 

The above image features Harley Quinn smiling as she holds both a customized baseball bat and a studded pistol. Each of these weapons seem to replace her trademark giant hammer from the comic books. For those unfamiliar, Quinn started out as a psychiatrist who begins to form an unhealthy relationship with The Joker while he’s in prison. Eventually, he warps her mind so completely that she becomes a shell of her former self and acts merely as the often unrequited love interest to The Joker. However, all of that may change once master assassin Deadshot enters the picture.

Speaking to the magazine, Smith confessed that his character and Harley Quinn start to make eyes at each other, forcing him into “a pretty ragged romantic triangle,” according to The Wrap. It appears fans weren’t too far off when they speculated that the first leaked set video from “Suicide Squad,” which featured The Joker slapping Harley Quinn, was evidence that the couple would split at some point in the film. 

“It’s about her breaking free of The Joker and becoming this fully actualised, independent person,” director David Ayer told Empire (via MTV News). "That really is a metaphor for everyone’s journey here."

The covers join previously released artwork that shows both The Joker and “Paper Towns” actress Cara Delevingne as the villain Enchantress, according to Us Weekly. Are you among those excited for the premiere of “Suicide Squad” on Aug. 5, 2016?

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