Four years ago Warner Bros and DC released Suicide Squad, a new superhero movie about a group of anti-heroes and villains recruited by the government to fight other dangerous criminals and villains. While the movie received mixed reviews from critics and fans it was still a big hit on the box office so work on a new movie began shortly. As Warner Bros and DC weren’t happy with the reception of the 2016’s Suicide Squad they decided to start over and hired a new director and actors.
The new Suicide Squad movie, called The Suicide Squad, is directed by James Gunn who previously helmed MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 and will be released next year. So, is it a sequel or reboot? What is it about? Which characters are returning? Who is the main villain?
According to guys from Shaken, Not Stirred it’s not a sequel nor a full reboot of the first movie. With some of the actors and characters returning, it’s actually a soft reboot of the first movie. Director James Gunn is resurrecting the Suicide Squad franchise giving it a completely new look and tone and according to him and producer Peter Safran, it is a gritty 1970s war movie infused with James Gunn’s sense of humor.
The plot is still unknown but director Gunn said that he read all Suicide Squad comics as preparation and that his movie is actually a spiritual successor to comic books written by John Ostrander. Based on the behind the scenes footage it seems that the movie, or at least parts of the movie, will be set in Central or South America.
Director of the original Suicide Squad movie, David Ayer (End Of Watch, Fury, Bright), was originally supposed to direct the sequel but after terrible reviews and creative differences, he left so James Gunn took over. Gunn was fired from The Walt Disney Company in 2018 from directing Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy franchise due to some old controversial tweets. However, due to backlash from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, he was hired back by Disney and Marvel to work on a new GOTG movie but after he finishes The Suicide Squad.
The movie will see some returning cast members like Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) but there are also many new faces, like Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., and David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man. The main villain is still unknown but some rumors are saying that the new Suicide Squad will face off against cult-leader Kobra or Starro The Conqueror.
We still don’t have a trailer but Gunn released a short behind-the-scenes video featuring cast and crew interviews, and some footage from the actual film. The Suicide Squad, the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe, will be released on August 6, 2021 in the United States, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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