We return to DC Comics' world of superheroes and supervillains as we follow this ragtag bunch of misfits as they try to repent of the crimes they committed.
Even though initially moviegoers weren't receptive to Suicide Squad, it's coming back for a sequel. DC can count on its fanbase to fill out cinemas, but with each new release, it seems fewer fans are willing to allow DC leeway with their franchises. The obvious comparison with Marvel movies shouldn't be made - both companies are trying to accomplish something different from their productions. Even so, DC needs to make the second installment of the Suicide Squad (unimaginatively called The Suicide Squad) memorable enough to have fans queued up to see it.
As expected, we'll see Margot Robbie return as the enigmatic (and slightly bonkers) Harley Quinn, but aside from her, the cast seems familiar in a lot of levels. Viola Davis returns as Amanda Waller alongside Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Robbie just came back from her spectacular outing in Birds of Prey (which happens before the goings-on of this film), and we're expecting to see more of that talent in this installment. Scheduling conflicts make Will Smith unable to reprise his role as Deadshot in the sequel.
We were holding out hope that we were going to see Idris Elba as Smith's replacement, but news coming out of the studio suggests that Elba will be playing an entirely new character. Speculation around the new role suggests that it might be Vigilante, the DC universe's version of Marvel's Daredevil. Elba isn't the only big name we're expecting as the casting list contains notable names such as Peter Capaldi (Dr. Who), John Cena (Bumblebee), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarök) among others. Details on which characters are being played by whom are still unconfirmed. We DO know, however, that Capaldi will be shaving his head for his role, and it won't be a cameo. James Gunn confirmed that it would be a substantial role.
Warner Bros. announced that we could expect The Suicide Squad to hit cinemas on August 6th, 2021. James Gunn initially set production to start in March 2020, but this was moved back to September 2019, allowing for a longer post-production window. DC seems to be aiming for the summer release window for the film.
There's very little information coming to light about The Suicide Squad's plot. Initially, when we heard Suicide Squad was being made into a film, we assumed that it would take into account all the stories from the comic series. The standard plot of these stories is us seeing Amanda Waller getting her team together and sending them out to accomplish a mission, with the odds of survival slim to none. And then the backstabbing starts.
There's a lot of speculation as to who's going to live and which characters are going to buy the farm within the first act of the movie. The Suicide Squad is aimed at being a total reboot (enough with the restarts already guys), which suggests that we might see them facing an actual, notable villain, not some two-bit throwaway baddie. There's hope we'll see a competent film since Gunn states this project will use the original 1980's comic run as source material and not the New 52 version that inspired the last movie.
For now, no trailer is forthcoming for The Suicide Squad, nor is there any mention of when we ought to expect it. Gunn's mention of his work online keeps fans in the know, and while we haven't heard the news of a trailer being dropped, we're probably going to find out from his social media posts. Until such time we're just going to have to hang on for the ride. Feel free to check out the trailer for the first film.