Idris Elba and Margot Robbie lead a cast of colorful supervillains recruited into a special military tactical response team in the Red Band trailer of Suicide squad (embedded below). It’s from director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) 2016 independent follow-up Suicide squad. It’s actually pretty tame as the red band advances go, playing with the jokey camaraderie amid all the explosions, gunfire, and blood splatters. Tonally, Gunn’s film feels like a cross between Guardians of the Galaxy and dead Pool“In other words, it looks like a lot of fun, and it’s definitely something we’re looking forward to when it opens this summer.”
(Some spoilers from previous DCEU movies below)
The original Suicide squad took place a year after Superman’s death at Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) receives permission to create Task Force X, a tactical response team to combat “meta-human” threats. The group is made up entirely of criminals and supervillains and is led by Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). The government places nanite bombs on their necks to keep them reasonably under control, promising to shorten their sentences if their missions are successfully accomplished. The all-star cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Jared Leto as The Joker.
Despite having such a talented cast, Suicide squad opened in August 2016 to largely abysmal critical reviews; It has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 26 percent. (Director David Ayer then claimed the studio had interfered to turn his “heartwarming drama” into a more teasing entity after the blockbuster dead PoolCritics criticized the film for its lean characters, no-nonsense plot, and the fact that it was just plain boring, though it did win an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, the first DCEU film to receive this honor. Suicide squad it also performed well at the box office, grossing 746.8 million globally, against a production budget of $ 175 million ($ 325 million including advertising and promotion costs). So the studio gave the green light to a sequel and several spinoff projects, including the one from 2020. Birds of prey, with Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
What followed was an elaborate set of musical development chairs, as Warner Bros. went to great lengths to coordinate multiple versions of a script and the busy schedules of Ayer and its various actors. When Ayer left the project, the studio considered several substitute directors and ultimately settled on Gavin O’Connor. But then O’Connor left, supposedly frustrated that the script for Birds of prey He told a story very similar to the one he had imagined for Suicide Squad 2.
Warner Bros. then hired Gunn in October 2018 to write a new script and direct. Suicide Squad 2, shortly after Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in light of public reaction to some resurgent old tweets. Disney reconsidered and reinstated Gunn shortly after, but the company agreed to let him finish. Suicide squad first before resuming work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
In its current incarnation, Suicide squad It’s more of a re-release than a direct sequel to the 2016 movie; Gunn has said that he wanted to take the franchise in a new direction and introduce new characters. It was inspired by the original 80’s by John Ostrander. Suicide squad comic books. (Ostrander has a small role in the final film.) Gunn has described his R-rated film as a superhero version of the classic 1967 film. The dirty dozen, selecting characters he described as “losers, grade B supervillains.” And apparently, the studio is letting you kill certain characters however you see fit, which should make for a suspenseful visualization. (We’re still betting that Harley Quinn will survive.) According to the official synopsis:
Welcome to Hell AKA Bell Reve, the prison with the highest death rate in the US From A. Where the worst supervillains are found and where they will do anything to escape, even join the super secret and super shady Task Force X Today’s Life or Death Assignment? Assemble a collection of scammers, including Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior]), Savant (Michael Rooker), King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone) , Blackguard (Pete Davidson), Javelin (Flula Borg) and everyone’s favorite psychopath, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Then arm them strong and drop them (literally) on the remote enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
Smith was unable to reprise his role as Deadshot, so Gunn wrote the character of Bloodsport with Elba specifically in mind. Kinnaman and Davis are back as Flag and Waller, respectively, with Steve Agee playing John Economos, the prison warden and Waller’s assistant. Other new cast members include Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), whose signature polka dot suit is actually a collection of gadgets; Weasel (Sean Gunn), an anthropomorphic weasel; Sol Soria (Alice Braga); TDK (Nathan Fillion); Flo Crawley (Tinashe Kajese); Bloodsport’s daughter, Tyla (Storm Reid); and thinker (Peter Capaldi).
The trailer begins with a plan for Flagg and his team to rescue Harley Quinn, who thwarts him by rescuing herself. Squad members get the same treatment as before: ten years off their sentence if they successfully complete their mission, with an injection of nanites that will explode if they disobey orders in any way. There are jokes about Davidson’s Blackguard making things stick to his shoe and King Shark’s horrible eating habits (“num-num”), and Capaldi brings his trademark deadpan charm to a scene where Thinker is threatened by Flagg and Harley Quinn. Did I mention the “damn kaiju” that ruins the party?
Suicide squad opens in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on August 6, 2021. Expect to see more of this revamped franchise. HBO Max has already ordered a Pacifier direct-to-series spin-off, with Cena and Agee reprising their roles. That’s scheduled for release in January 2022. What you probably won’t see is the 2016 “Yesterday cut”. Suicide squad. HBO Max has said it has no plans to release it.
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