James Gunn Nearly Blew Up His Career. Now He’s Back With ‘The Suicide Squad’


The New York Times 14 July, 2021 - 06:00am 16 views

Is the new Suicide Squad movie a sequel?

So…definitely not a sequel. "It really is its own thing," says Gunn. ... According to Steve Agee, who previously worked with Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and plays, via motion-capture, the half-man, half-fish Squad member King Shark, "James seems happier and less stressed-out on this movie." EW.comThis time it's war: How James Gunn took 'The Suicide Squad' over the top

Suicide Squad 2 IMAX Poster Assembles the Whole Team

Screen Rant 14 July, 2021 - 09:10am

With David Ayer’s Suicide Squad having just been released in 2016, the relationship between the two films is naturally complicated. Other than a few returning characters like Viola Davis as Agent Waller, Gunn’s Suicide Squad doesn't address or directly reference its predecessor in any way. Since it’s not a traditional sequel nor a full reboot either, the term soft reboot has caught on. While Task Force X was formed to stop Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) in the previous film, Gunn’s version will find the team of supervillains in the fictional South American country of Corto Maltese crossing paths with a giant telepathic starfish known as Starro.

With the film’s release date coming up on August 6, tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 14, so The Suicide Squad has gotten a brand new IMAX poster that assembles Gunn’s version of Task Force X in its entirety. They are, from left to right: Savant (Michael Rooker), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Weasel (Sean Gunn), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (Nathan Fillion), Peacemaker (John Cena), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Mongal (Mayling Ng), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Javelin (Flula Borg), and Thinker (Peter Capaldi). Check out the full IMAX poster below:

While The Suicide Squad will be getting a simultaneous release on HBO Max, this poster is the latest reminder that the film was tailor-made for IMAX. In a tweet sharing the poster, Gunn explains it was filmed entirely with IMAX cameras. Just as Rick Flag actor, Joel Kinnaman, previously discussed, The Suicide Squad is meant to be seen in theaters, especially since audiences are craving this communal experience in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With theaters reopening across the United States, some in full capacity, the state of the domestic box office is looking promising. Godzilla vs. Kong was one of the first releases to test the waters and ended up having a successful run, and A Quiet Place Part II followed suit. F9 and Black Widow have helped restore a sense of normalcy for summer blockbusters, but reports indicate the US box office won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024. With less than a month to go until its release, audiences have some time before flocking to theaters to see The Suicide Squad, which will surely be judged against this summer’s past releases, as well as its 2016 predecessor.

Margot Robbie Needs a Break From Harley Quinn After The Suicide Squad

Collider 14 July, 2021 - 09:10am

"I was like, 'Oof, I need a break from Harley because she's exhausting,'" she told the outlet. "I don't know when we're next going to see her." Robbie also admitted that she's just as "just as intrigued as everyone else is," which at least gives us hope that she's not done for good. The I, Tonya actress's comments shed some insight into the Gotham City Sirens flick that seems to be stuck in developmental hell. With Robbie not knowing when she'll be Harley again, we can assume that project won't be happening any time soon.

During the interview with Robbie, it was also revealed to the actress what happens to her character at the end of Zack Snyder's Justice League. It turns out she didn't know until very recently that it's suggested in the post-credits Knightmare scene that Harley has died. "Whaaat? I didn't know that. Thank you for telling me!" It looks like that's two nails in the proverbial coffin.

While she takes a break from Harley, Robbie has plenty of other objects in the chamber that'll let her channel some other famous personas. Set to star as Barbie herself in Greta Gerwig's live-action film, the actress will find herself playing someone quite the opposite of the Gotham baddie. Unless Gerwig's barbie wields a skull-crushing bat, that is. Robbie is set to star in other future projects, including Babylon, Ruin, and the highly-anticipated untitled David O. Russell project.

Be sure to check out Robbie as Harley Quinn possibly for the last time — at least for now — in The Suicide Squad, landing in theaters and HBO Max on August 6.

Caitlin Albers is a news writer with 10 years of experience covering the world of pop culture. When she's not writing about breaking news regarding the MCU, Caitlin can be found rewatching the Infinity Saga and teaching her two boys about Captain America.

The Suicide Squad Could Pave The Way For A Fan-Favorite Character

GameRant 14 July, 2021 - 09:10am

One major reason for the hype around The Suicide Squad is its trailers, which showcase a colorful, offbeat style — much closer to an R-rated Guardians of the Galaxy in aesthetic than the original 2016 Suicide Squad film. The trailers show off returning characters like Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, and Rick Flag, as well as new faces like Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, John Cena’s Peacemaker, and King Shark, voiced by Sylvester Stallone. However, the trailers also foreshadow the presence of an even stranger DC character, who seems to be a major antagonist in the film.

Eagle-eyed DC fans have surely noticed that in both of the recent trailers for The Suicide Squad, there are a few brief shots that show members of the titular team facing off against a giant starfish-like monster. This creature is none other than Starro the Conqueror, a classic DC villain who’s been around since 1960. Starro is perhaps most famous for his debut in Brave and the Bold #28 — the very first comic to feature an appearance of the Justice League — but he’s made plenty more appearances over the decades, often trying to brainwash humanity using his psychic powers. He’s even been featured as an antagonist in several DC adaptations, including Batman Beyond, Young Justice, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

In 2018’s Justice League #10, Scott Snyder revealed that Batman had created a tiny clone of Starro which he keeps inside a jar, earning him the nickname Jarro. Unlike his cruel and megalomaniacal predecessor, Jarro proved to be a kinder, gentler Starro, demonstrating a childlike and innocent personality. He even looked up to Batman as a father, hoping to one day become the new Robin and earn his father’s praise as a true hero — hardly the character development one would expect from one of the Justice League’s first opponents.

Even so, Jarro became a hit with fans, earning him a recurring role as a supporting character in the Justice League comic. He even got a brief spot as a main protagonist in Justice League #29, in which he was forced to take on Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom all by himself. Jarro put up a valiant fight, even showing off some bat-gadgets he’d upgraded with his alien intellect. But to stand a chance against the DC Universe’s deadliest team of villains, Jarro was forced to embrace his evil instincts and become Starro the Conqueror once more. Only with the help of Batman was Jarro able to come to his senses and return to his tiny, adorable self.

Of course, there’s no way of knowing for sure at this point that Jarro will be making an appearance in The Suicide Squad at all — not when there’s still so much mystery around the nature of Starro’s presence in the film. However, if James Gunn chooses to introduce the pint-sized alien starfish as a companion of the Suicide Squad, Jarro could easily become the DC Universe’s own Baby Groot. Not only would Jarro be a prime candidate for merchandising, but his presence could also even make for a compelling character arc in a potential third Suicide Squad film. Seeing a group of former supervillains raise a baby alien, helping him move past his history as a monster while trying to become better people themselves — it may sound silly at first, but it’s a perfect opportunity for some truly poignant character growth.

But for now, this is all just speculation. While a Peacemaker TV series starring John Cena is set to premiere on HBO Max in January 2022 with Gunn as writer and director, there’s been no confirmation of a third Suicide Squad film. Gunn’s next film project will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, slated for May 23, 2023 — though before that, he’s also set to direct The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney Plus. It’s currently still unknown if James Gunn will be helming any further films for DC after his return to Marvel. But if he does, there are plenty of fans who would surely love to see Jarro appear on the big screen.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD: Check Out Some Action-Packed New Footage In RED Camera Featurette

CBM (Comic Book Movie) 13 July, 2021 - 11:07am

We're now just a few weeks away from the theatrical and streaming release of The Suicide Squad, and excitement for GOTG director James Gunn's first foray into the DC Films Universe is beginning to build as more new footage finds its way online.

Following that awesome King Shark promo, Gunn has shared a 2-minute RED camera featurette for the movie which contains plenty of action-packed new shots of Task Force X fighting for their lives on the island of Corto Maltese.

There's nothing too spoiler-y here, but we've been able to piece a few things together about the plot - more specifically, who won't be making it to the end credits - from this video, so if you want to go in completely fresh you may want to give it a miss.

We recently found out that the movie was officially rated R for "strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity."

The Suicide Squad is set to premiere on HBO Max and in theaters on August 6.

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