New 'Suicide Squad' trailer debuts

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First Look: 'Suicide Squad' Trailer

They might be the self-proclaimed worst heroes ever, but the first official trailer for David Ayer's Suicide Squad demonstrates that they appear to make some compelling protagonists nonetheless.

The trailer debuted during the CW's DC Films Present The Dawn of the Justice League special, which also featured advance looks at next year's Justice League Part 1 and Wonder Woman. It is technically the second chance fans have had to see what lies ahead in the big screen adaptation of DC Entertainment's supervillain black ops team concept, following last summer's surprise release of footage at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Suicide Squad centers around a group of villains and ne'er-do-wells -- headed up by Will Smith's Deadshot and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn -- forced to work for the government under the supervision of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). With such morally dubious characters as the "good" guys, it falls to one of DC's most infamous villains -- the Joker, as played by Jared Leto -- to take up the position of bad guy in the movie.

See photos from the "Suicide Squad" panel at last year's Comic Con:

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: (L-R back row) Actors Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jai Courtney, and Jay Hernandez; (L-R back row) actress Karen Fukuhara, director David Ayer, actresses Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis and moderator Aisha Tyler, taking a selfie, attend the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actress Margot Robbie from 'Suicide Squad' attends the Warner Bros. presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actors Margot Robbie (L) and Will Smith attend the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actress Holly Hunter from 'Suicide Squad' attends the Warner Bros. presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actor Will Smith attends the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Actress Viola Davis, director David Ayer, and actress Margot Robbie attend the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actress Cara Delevingne attends the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actors Jai Courtney (L) and Joel Kinnaman attend the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Actors Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith attend the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actress Karen Fukuhara attends the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Director David Ayer attends the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actor Jai Courtney walks onstage at the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Bolstered by a strong social media presence -- helped by Ayer's posting of images from the movie accompanied by the hashtag #Skwad -- Suicide Squad has gone from being a little-known property to one of the most anticipated movies of the year, with Harley Quinn being named as one of the most anticipated comic book characters to debut on the big screen in 2016 in a recent poll of moviegoers, ahead of Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange and Black Panther.

Also starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne and Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad is released Aug. 5.

Watch the trailer below:

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