‘Suicide Squad’ VR Experience To Debut At San Diego Comic Con

by Joe Durbin • July 15th, 2016

Are you excited for the biggest superhero movie event of the summer? No not that one, the other one. No the other one. That’s right. We’re talking about Suicide Squad.

Today, Warner Bros. is announcing a partnership with Samsung that will see its hotly anticipated new property, Suicide Squad, brought to immersive life in virtual reality. The experience will be running on Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which is quickly becoming the instrument of choice for these types of large-group experiences.

Details on the experience itself are sparse at this time, however, an official statement from WB and Samsung does indicate that it will, “transport fans into the world of Suicide Squad” and help them to experience “what it’s like being a member of the Squad and watching their favorite characters, like Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Katana, in a scene from the film.”

From this, it sounds like at least one scene of Suicide Squad was shot using a 360-degree camera. For movie quality this would presumably be done by using the Nokia Ozo, or any number of other similarly high-end VR cameras. The Suicide Squad VR experience will then most likely be similar to other 360 movie experiences like the one we saw earlier this year for Disney’s live-action re-imagining of The Jungle Book.

The first demonstration of this experience will take place at San Diego Comic-Con which kicks things off on July 21. Following that, it will be a part of several marketing ”activations” leading up to Suicide Squad’s theatrical release on August 5.

Once the film itself is out in the wild, Warner Bros. will release the full VR experience onto Samsung VR — the tech juggernaut’s own distribution platform that recently replaced Milk VR.

Suicide Squad is produced by Warner Bros. and directed by and is rated PG-13. The film follows the adventures and exploits of a rag-tag group of supervillains who are repurposed by the United States government in order to take on the missions deemed too dangerous for traditional operators.

The cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Jared Leto as the Joker.

Suicide Squad is being positioned as part of the newly launched DC Entertainment Universe (DCEU) and will therefore feature a cameo appearance by Batman (Ben Affleck) who was last seen earlier this year in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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