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
14 July, 2021 - 11:37am
‘Peacemaker’ HBO Max Series Wraps Filming with John Cena and Director James Gunn
The first season of Peacemaker, HBO Max's 8-episode spinoff of The Suicide Squad, has just wrapped filming.
And that’s a wrap on Day 131 & Season One of #Peacemaker. Less than a year ago I pitched a vague pitch to @HBOMax - here we are 11 months later with 8 astounding episodes in the can. Cast & crew: I love you all. Thank you for putting your hearts & souls into this project.
"And that's a wrap on Day 131 & Season One of Peacemaker," James Gunn says. "Less than a year ago I pitched a vague pitch to @HBOMax - here we are 11 months later with 8 astounding episodes in the can. Cast & crew: I love you all. Thank you for putting your hearts & souls into this project."
Heading up to the final day of shooting, Gunn has also been celebrating some of the various cast members as they've wrapped up their roles. A previous tweet from Gunn read, "The last two days we wrapped [Danielle Brooks], [Jennifer Holland], S[teve Agee] & Chukwudi Iwuji on Season One of Peacemaker. I love making a TV show. I love everything we're doing with it. And I love making it with these people. Can't wait for you to se them laugh, cry, & kick ass."
The last two days we wrapped @thedanieb, @jennlholland, @steveagee & Chukwudi Iwuji on Season One of #Peacemaker. I love making a TV show. I love everything we’re doing with it. And I love making it with these people. Can’t wait for you to se them laugh, cry, & kick ass. ❤️🕊🔫
"How could I not mention we also wrapped the incomparable [Robert Patrick]?" Gunn said in a follow-up tweet. "He has been a joy from start to finish. I saw him a little more than a year ago on Perry Mason & loved him so much I wrote the role of Auggie Smith, #Peacemaker's father, for him. We had never met."
How could I not mention we also wrapped the incomparable @robertpatrickT2? He has been a joy from start to finish. I saw him a little more than a year ago on Perry Mason & loved him so much I wrote the role of Auggie Smith, #Peacemaker’s father, for him. We had never met.
As great as everyone else was on set, however, Gunn's favorite cast member for the series is the dog Penny, whom he also celebrated with a Twitter post. As Gunn said, "And that's a wrap on my favorite #Peacemaker cast member - Penny!"
Gunn wrote all eight episodes of the HBO Max series and personally directed five of them. It has been reported that the other three episodes will be helmed by Jody Hill, Brad Anderson, and Rosemary Rodriguez. Gunn has previously some surprises to be seen in the series, such as other cast members from The Suicide Squad showing up. Likely to avoid spoilers for The Suicide Squad, Gunn hasn't divulged much about the show's actual plot.
What we do know is that although John Cena has stood out with some humorous dialogue in The Suicide Squad trailers, the character is definitely not a good person. Gunn stressed in an Empire interview that Peacemaker is "a piece of s--t" who's willing to kill as many men, women, and children as possible to attain world peace.
"This guy is a loud, obnoxious, bro-ey douchebag," Cena added. "That sucks. But why? At what point did he become such a douchebag and what does that mean? There's a lot to dive into there."
Before Peacemaker debuts in 2022, we'll first meet Cena in the role when The Suicide Squad is released on Aug. 6 in theaters and on HBO Max. The news of Peacemaker wrapping its first season comes to us from James Gunn.
14 July, 2021 - 11:37am
Australian actor Margot Robbie says she will be taking a "break" from playing DC villain Harley Quinn because "she's exhausting". (Warner Bros)
Australian actor Margot Robbie has announced that she will be taking a “break” from playing DC villain Harley Quinn because “she’s exhausting”.
Robbie has portrayed the iconic character in three DC films throughout the past five years. She first appeared as the Batman villain in 2016’s Suicide Squad and again in her 2020 spin-off Bird of Prey. Robbie’s Harley Quinn is also set to appear once again on the big screen in the upcoming movie The Suicide Squad.
But she told Entertainment Weekly in June that she intends to give the character a rest after enduring such a gruelling filming schedule. Robbie also revealed that she doesn’t know when she will reprise the role again.
“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,” Robbie said.
“I don’t know when we’re next going to see here. I’m just as intrigued as everyone else is.”
Fans have not taken the news well, and many have expressed their devastation via social media that they may never see Margot Robbie step into the iconic role again.
In the comics, Harley, whose name is Dr Harleen Quinzel, worked as a psychiatrist at Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum when she met the Joker and eventually became a supervillain and sometimes sidekick to the Joker. She also frequently teams up with Poison Ivy and Catwoman across the DC comics.
During the EW interview, Margot Robbie was shocked to learn that her character dies in Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, which was released earlier this year. In one of the movie’s final scenes, Ben Affleck’s Batman describes how Harley Quinn dies in his arms.
The revelation caught Robbie off guard, causing her to exclaim “Whaaat?” during the EW interview. She also thanked the reporter for telling her because she “didn’t know that”.
After taking a moment to reflect on the bombshell revelation, Margot Robbie responded that Harley Quinn’s death in one movie is “kind of like in the comics”. She suggested that “each movie is its own sort of thing” much like picking up different comic books in a store.
“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,” Robbie explained.
Robbie has long been “pestering” for more LGBT+ representation in the DC movies. She told Den of Geek in May that she had been pushing movie bosses for a Poison Ivy-Harley Quinn romance in the franchise.
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“Trust me, I chew their ear off about it all the time,” she said. “They must be sick of hearing it, but I’m like ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy. Come on, let’s do it’. I’m very keen to see a Harley-Poison Ivy relationship on screen.”
With Robbie’s departure, it’s unclear if fans will ever see an onscreen Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn romance. DC revealed the two villains are officially a couple in 2017, and the franchise confirmed in the Birds of Prey movie that Harley Quinn is bisexual.
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14 July, 2021 - 11:37am
Margot Robbie has put in three performances now as Harley Quinn, but it seems the actress is going to take a bit of a break from the popular character.
Robbie made her debut as Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad, and then things went quit for a bit for her. She returned in early 2020 with Birds of Prey, and then immediately moved on to her third turn as the character in The Suicide Squad. With two rapid turns as the character, it seems Robbie wants to take some time off from the anti-hero.
“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,” Robbie told EW in a new interview. “I don’t know when we’re next going to see her. I’m just as intrigued as everyone else is.”
Robbie also learned during the interview about Harley’s fate in Zack Snyder’s Justice League as she had yet to watch it. “Whaaat?” Robbie asked. “I didn’t know that. [Laughs] Thank you for telling me!”
She went on to add some thoughts, saying, “I guess it’s kind of like the comics,” Robbie said. “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 [Gunn] did. He didn’t have to be beholden to the version that David Ayer set up. He could pick it up and make it his own, which I’m sure was more appealing for him.”
Thile there is nothing firm as of yet, we highly doubt this will be the last time we see Robbie in the role.
The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters and HBO Max on Aug. 5, 2021 in the U.S. It will be in theaters in the U.K. on July 30.