James Gunn's has an 'explosive' take on the action-adventure superhero film.
Harley Quinn and the squad is coming back, both on the big and small screens!
Not to be confused with the 2016 'Suicide Squad' by David Ayer, the 2021 'The Suicide Squad' will be directed by James Gunn and is more likely to be a reboot than a direct sequel.
'The Suicide Squad' will be introducing a largely new cast, alongside returning favorites like Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
From all the exciting casting details and behind-the-scenes news, here's everything we know so far.
Listed release date as of this writing: 6 August 2021
The anticipated film will release on 6 August 2021, for both cinemas and HBO max.
The streaming app is only available in the US. Hence, international countries will have to risk going to the cinemas if they want to see the film.
Filming started in September 2019 and ended in February 2020. Before wrapping up the production, there was a quick pause after Director James Gunn had to fly home following the death of his beloved dog, Wesley.
Wesley has been a loyal and faithful buddy to James for 17 years, so his passing greatly devastated the director.
Nonetheless, the team was lucky enough to wrap up filming before the pandemic shut down film and television productions in March.
"We are on or ahead of schedule. We were extremely fortunate to wrap shooting & set up editing from our homes (due to a post-production team & studio with foresight) before quarantine," Gunn answered a fan on Twitter back in April.
Right now there’s no reason for #TheSuicideSquad release date to move. We are on or ahead of schedule. We were extremely fortunate to wrap shooting & set up editing from our homes (due to a post production team & studio with foresight) before quarantine. https://t.co/URRFXX58r3— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 12, 2020
Most of the main cast members from the first film are returning for 'The Suicide Squad'.
They are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Flula Borg as Javelin, and Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2.
Also joining the team are Michael Rooker as Savant, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Mayling Ng as Mongal, Nathan Fillion as TDK, Alica Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard and Sean Gunn as Weasel.
Steve Agee will also be coming as King Shark, Joaquín Cosío as Major General Mateo Suarez, Juan Diego Botto as President General Silvio Luna, and Storm Reid as Tyla, Bloodsport's daughter.
Taika Waititi will also be joining the cast members. Fans are expecting him to be voicing King Shark.
Jennifer Holland is revealed to be playing Emilia Harcourt, while Steve Agee will also be portraying John Economos and Tinashe Kajese will play Flo Crawley.
As for Harley's 'toxic' love interest, Gunn won't deny or confirm if Jared Leto's The Joker will pop out in the film. However, he explained why there is no need for him in 'The Suicide Squad.
."No one but me and a few others knows all the characters in the movie, but if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics,” Gunn explained.
The exact plot of the upcoming film remains unknown, although we have a few pieces of the puzzle.
We now know that the upcoming film will be "a gritty 1970s war movie, combined with the brilliance of James Gunn's characters and comedy", thanks to the producer Peter Safran who described the film in a BTS video.
The squad is going to a fictional Latin American island Corto Maltese, where they have to take down a Nazi-era prison and laboratory named Jotunheim.
The sinister place holds political prisoners and conducts horrific experiments, with Gunn teasing "some horrid secrets are revealed".
But while the behind the scene trailer promised us a lot of explosions, Star Joel Kinnaman reveals there will be a lot of funny scenes in the film too.
"He's an incredible guy. He's written a fantastic script. It's so funny... I feel like I'm shooting my first comedy. There are a lot of really funny people there. It's like a learning experience. I'm around a lot of incredible, funny people," the actor said via Variety.
Speaking of trailers, there is no official trailer for 'The Suicide Squad' yet as of this writing, but Warner Brothers already dropped a Behind-The-Scene video for us. The video contains a lot of exciting information for the upcoming film, including action sequences and a first look at the characters. The cast and directors also shared their thoughts on the film.
Watch the explosive trailer below.
Once again, 'The Suicide Squad' will release in theaters and HBO max on 6 August 2021.