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Hollywood Reporter 14 July, 2021 - 11:13am 20 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

The Suicide Squad Featurette Reveals New Footage | CBR

CBR - Comic Book Resources 14 July, 2021 - 01:27pm

The featurette spotlights many of the main characters from the film, including Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flag, Idris Elba's Bloodsport, John Cena's Peacemaker, Daniela Melchior's Ratcatcher 2, Michael Rooker's Savant and David Dastmalchian's Polka-Dot Man. It also features a behind-the-scenes look at the how the film was made, which specifically highlights the RED Digital Cinema cameras that director James Gunn and director of photography Henry Braham used to capture the footage.

"The way that this movie is shot is the way that I've wanted to shoot every movie in my brain and haven't been able to until this film," Gunn said. "Nearly every shot in this movie is moving. And not only it is moving, but we want to get it really close and around people and between people, and you just can't do that with bulky camera."

"In the past, the technology has defined the types of movies," Braham added. "Nowadays, and I think that guys at RED are at the vanguard of this,  you can now say, 'this is the requirement of the movie. What's the technology that we need to do it.'"

The Suicide Squad will also feature the return of Viola Davis' Amanda Waller and Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang, and introduce Sylvester Stallone's King Shark. The film releases in theaters and on HBO Max on Aug. 6.

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The Suicide Squad IMAX Poster Reveals DC Movie Is Ready for the Big Screen

Collider 14 July, 2021 - 01:27pm

The new Suicide Squad movie hails from the mind of writer-director James Gunn, who revealed in a tweet that the film was shot completely with IMAX cameras — which makes it the perfect movie to be viewed on the appropriate IMAX screen.

Although this film is technically not a reboot or a remake of the first Suicide Squad movie from David Ayer, some of the main cast reprise their roles in the new project — including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. In addition to Cena and Elba, The Suicide Squad also stars Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark, Peter Capaldi as the Thinker, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Michael Rooker as Savant, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Richard "Dick" Hertz/Blackguard, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, and Mayling Ng as Mongal.

You can experience The Suicide Squad in theaters as well as on HBO Max beginning August 6, although there will be some theatrical screenings of the movie a day early. Check out the IMAX exclusive poster below:

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

The Suicide Squad Pulls This Harley Quinn Scene Straight From the Comics

CBR - Comic Book Resources 14 July, 2021 - 01:27pm

DC writer Jimmy Palmiotti, best known for his work on Harley Quinn's New 52 run with artist Amanda Connor, shared a Twitter post comparing a shot of Margot Robbie's Harley with her source material counterpart."Love seeing scenes and images in the Harley movies that are comic book inspired. Cannot wait for #TheSuicideSquad by the amazing @JamesGunn," Palmiotti wrote. "August 6th cannot get here soon enough. That page is from issue 17 of our run of Harley Quinn."

In the movie photo, Harley Quinn can be seen surrounded by dozens of parakeets in a stained-glass greenhouse, many of which end up resting on her arms, shoulders and hands. The comic follows a similar setup, with a swarm of parakeets who, according to Harley, are "Tastin' freedom for the first time ever," end up covering her arms in single-file fashion. After shouting "Aahhh! It tickles!" the birds all mimic Harley's words simultaneously, causing her to burst out laughing.

First introduced in Batman: The Animated Series and later incorporated into the comics, Robbie's DCEU portrayal of Harley marked the character's second live-action adaptation after Mia Sara on the Birds of Prey show. For The Suicide Squad, Robbie teased Harley having various dresses and weapons to reflect her mood across the Task Force X mission, while the film's producers discussed Harley Quinn's semi-superpower, 'Harley Vision,' which makes her perceive the world in a literally cartoonish manner.

In addition to the film, Harley currently stars as the protagonist of HBO Max's Harley Quinn adult animated series, voiced by Kaley Cuoco. While Harley Quinn's third season is still in production, the show's narrative will continue through an upcoming comic titled Harley Quinn: The Animated Series - The Eat, Bang, Kill Tour, which follows Harley and Ivy in between the events of Seasons 2 and 3.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad features Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn alongside dozens of other actors playing DC villains -- many of which won't make it to the end of the film. The movie arrives Aug. 6 in theaters and on HBO Max.

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James Gunn Confirms Joker Isn't In 'The Suicide Squad'

UPROXX 14 July, 2021 - 01:20pm

“Joker, no. I just don’t know why Joker would be in the Suicide Squad,” the filmmaker said when asked if he considered bringing back the Joker or Will Smith’s Deadshot. “He wouldn’t be helpful in that type of war situation. Will — I really wanted to work with Idris [Elba]. It is a multi-protagonist film. We go off for a while with Margot, and Daniela [Melchior] is the heart of the film in a lot of ways. But if there’s one protagonist, it’s Idris”:

I wanted somebody who had that gruff, Unforgiven-type feeling about him. This guy who had been reduced from being a bigshot supervillain — he took Superman out of the sky — who is now scraping gum off the floor at the beginning of the movie. He absolutely doesn’t want any part of it — he just has accepted this is his life. And I just think that character is Idris Elba.

Good call. Also a good call: keeping The Suicide Squad set a rat-free zone.

(Via the New York Times)

James Gunn Says Superhero Movies Are Mostly Boring Right Now, What Do You Think? — GeekTyrant

GeekTyrant 13 July, 2021 - 02:29pm

I remember when major movie studios were scared to make superhero movies. Then Marvel started making them and gave the other studios the confidence to start making their own. Now there are all kinds of superhero movies being made! Everyone is trying to launch their own superhero franchise!

During a recent interview with SFX Magazine, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad director James Gunn, was asked about the state of superhero films and he thinks that most of them are boring right now.

"They're mostly boring to me right now! [Laughs]. I loved them at the beginning and there are still people trying to do different things [with them], so it's not a 100% rule, but a lot of them are boring.”

I’d be curious to see what his list of boring superhero movies is and if any of those on his list are Marvel or DC movies. But, in general, I think a lot of people would agree with him. There are so many superhero films that have been made in recent years, and I think, for the most part, I’ve been enjoying them, but there are certainly a few stinkers that have been made. I guess it’s a good thing Gunn is out there keeping things interesting in the genre.

What do you all think about the state of superhero movies? Are they mostly boring for you or are you still enjoying them?

Margot Robbie Says No One Told Her Harley Quinn's Fate In Snyder Cut

BroBible 13 July, 2021 - 12:25pm

With the 2021 release of The Suicide Squad, not to be confused with Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie will have played Harley Quinn three times in the last five years.

The character, Harley Quinn, however, has actually been mentioned in four films if you include The Snyder Cut of Justice League.

Spoiler: Harley Quinn, at least according to Batman at the end of the film, had died at some point prior to The Snyder Cut’s timeline.

Not only was this news to the Joker and those watching the movie, it was also apparently news to Margot Robbie.

Except that Robbie says she didn’t even see it in the film, she found out when Entertainment Weekly told her about it during an interview published on Monday.

“Whaaat?” Robbie reacted when given this bit of news. “I didn’t know that. [Laughs] Thank you for telling me!”

“I guess it’s kind of like the comics,” Robbie continued. “The film version of the DC universe, I actually think they’re a lot like the comics. You pick up one comic and something’s happening and then you pick up the next comic and maybe that character’s not alive, maybe that character’s not with that person, maybe that character looks completely different. Each movie is its own sort of thing, and I think that works in the comic book world, and I think that works in the DC film world as well.

“It’s not like Marvel where everything is more obviously linked in a more linear way. It feels like there’s so many adjacent stories, worlds, and films happening at the same time, just like there are in the comics.

“So, yeah, I didn’t know that, but it doesn’t necessarily change what other people are able to do with this universe, I don’t think. What one director decides I don’t think dictates what another director might be able to pick up and do with the world and the characters, which is fun. I think that’s an appealing aspect for directors in the DC world, they can make it their own, the way James did. He didn’t have to be beholden to the version that David Ayer (director of Suicide Squad) set up. He could pick it up and make it his own, which I’m sure was more appealing for him.”

Bad news for anyone hoping to see Harley and Poison Ivy team up in the long-talked about Gotham City Sirens movie and/or a Harley Quinn and The Joker film that was supposedly in development.

“It was kind of back-to-back filming Birds… and filming this, so I was kind of like, oof, I need a break from Harley because she’s exhausting,” she said. “I don’t know when we’re next going to see her. I’m just as intrigued as everyone else is.”

The Suicide Squad hits theaters and begins streaming on HBO Max on August 6.

The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, David Dastmalchian, Michael Rooker, Daniela Melchior, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Steve Agee, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Jennifer Holland, and Tinash Kajese; with Sylvester Stallone and Viola Davis.

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