Our first good look at Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, but does she look good?
Empire magazine is featuring characters from Suicide Squad on their upcoming covers, and Director David Ayer has already tweeted out the covers featuring both Joker (Jared Leto) and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne):
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) October 27, 2015
The Enchantress costume, in particular, is already making some (mostly positive) waves online. The costume choice itself is a stark departure from the antihero’s typical look in the comics:
Which is fine, we wouldn’t really expect flowing medieval robes to fit with the rest of the Suicide Squad’s look. But a metal bikini for the model-turned-actress? Delevingne sounds on board – here’s what she said about the character in an interview with Empire:
She’s an ancient sorceress. A feral being. She’s been trapped for so long and now she’s finally let out…June [Moone, the human the Enchantress spirit takes over and uses as a host] is an adventure-seeker who’s always wanted some excitement. And she gets what she wished for, in an terrible way.
So far, response on both Reddit and Twitter has been mostly positive.
— Ark•ham (@_ARKYLICIOUS) October 27, 2015
But there have been a few that have questioned the radical redesign-for-the-less-fabric.
@DavidAyerMovies *sigh* must she look so slutty?
— BlackEagle (@Freexone_) October 27, 2015
Either way, it’s definitely leaning hard into the occult nature of the character, and possibly also her misandrogy (i.e. she hates men). If the scantily clad look is actually misdirection, with Enchantress using her magic to retaliate against aggressive sexual advances, Ayer and Delevingne could actually be throwing Hollywood sexism on its head. That may be asking a lot, but even though Ayer’s past work (like End of Watch and Fury) has focused on male leads, one of his hallmarks has been delivering rich characterization even in supporting characters. We still don’t know how central Enchantress will be to the movie, although it’s more likely that Joker (Leto), Deadshot (Will Smith), and fan favorite Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) will command more of center stage.