'Suicide Squad' cast members Margot Robbie and Jared Leto (RTS8GIA)
Presenters Margot Robbie and Jared Leto take the stage to present the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Warner Bros. “Suicide Squad” is looking for a record-smashing August debut. A pre-release tracking has revealed that the film from the DC Comics cinematic universe should bring anywhere between $100 million (AU$131 million) to $125 million (AU$164 million) when it hits big screens on Aug. 5.

Fans are giving the DC Comics movie universe another chance especially after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” received a lukewarm response from them and critics also gave the movie a cold shoulder. Pitting the “Man of Steel” against Batman did not create the fireworks everybody expected.

With a budget of US$250 million (AU$328 million), “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” collected US$872.7 million (AU$1146.26 million) globally. However, millions of extra dollars were spent on advertising and promotions and analysts were disappointed that the movie could not reach the US$1 billion (AU$1.31 billion).

“Suicide Squad,” which is a spin-off centred on a team of super-villains, may also easily overtake the US$94.3 million (AU$124 million) launch of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It may very well become the biggest August debut ever.

It may be pretty early to guess figures as a lot depends on whether reviewers and critics like the film or not. However, demographically the movie looks like “Deadpool,” which opened to US$132.4 million (AU$174 million).

“Suicide Squad” would also mark a three-day opening record for Will Smith, Deadline reports. ComScore’s PreAct, which monitors social media buzz, has revealed that “Suicide Squad” is generating amazing buzz for a few weeks now, even outstripping “Star Trek Beyond” and “Ghostbusters.”

The super-villain-centric movie had its share of struggles. According to Variety, the film went through extensive re-shoots to fix tonal issues and fill out back-stories of several characters.

“Suicide Squad” features a number of Batman adversaries such as The Joker (Jared Leto), Will Smith (Deadshot) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) among others. The super-villains would be recruited by a Government agency to carry out a black ops mission. Batman, played by Ben Affleck, will also be making an appearance.