The deadliest, sassiest black ops squad on this side of the extended DC Universe are back. The Suicide Squad, a sequel to the 2016 film, is on its way.
Despite a well-received early trailer at Comic-Con, the film’s debut garnered mostly lukewarm reviews and lackluster enthusiasm thanks to its messy narrative. But it did well enough at the box office to ensure a sequel would eventually be made. And that sequel is finally coming on August 6, 2021.
What Will It Be About?
The first Suicide Squad functioned as your classic “team movie.” Mainstays like Harley Quinn, Joker, and Deadshot came together to form a misfit group of high-profile criminals known as “Task Force X” who would take on dangerous missions for the US government. It’s too early at this point to know exactly what the next movie will be about. But it’s been mentioned that with new director James Gunn at the helm, the film wouldn’t exactly be a sequel as much as it would be a total reboot with the same or different characters. That means it’s really fair game as to where the story could go. It could pull from the DC Comics stories or it could focus more on the found family aspect of the group. The latter direction is something that is definitely in Gunn’s wheelhouse.
Who Is Behind The Camera?
Gavin O’Conner was a front runner at first, but dropped out because the Birds of Prey movie was too similar to what he was working on for Suicide Squad. At one point, David Ayer, who directed the first movie, was going to come back. But Warner Bros. has confirmed that James Gunn will direct the sequel as well as write the script. The news of Gunn’s attachment to this project initially came after Disney and Marvel let him go from his Guardians of the Galaxy duties after old tweets surfaced.
Who Will Star?
Most of the core cast is set to return. Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are on board to reprise their roles as Harley Quinn and the Joker, respectively. They’ll join Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg, and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller. Unfortunately, Will Smith’s Deadshot is out of the picture. Since his departure from the film was due to scheduling, however, it at least leaves the door open for the character to return (should the script allow for it). As for new faces, casting has ramped up in the past few months and audiences should be prepared for a pretty stacked roster of talent.
The Suicide Squad will add Idris Elba who is playing an as-of-now unannounced character while A Wrinkle In Time‘s Storm Reid will play his daughter. John Cena is in talks to play another unannounced hero while Ant-Man‘s David Dastmalchian has signed on to play the the villain Polka-Dot Man. Benicio Del Toro is rumored to join the cast in the main villain role as The General, newcomer Daniela Melchior has been confirmed to play Ratcatcher, and comedian Steve Agee has been reportedly tapped to voice King Shark. Most recently, it was announced by Deadline that Thor director Taika Waititi would potentially have a role in the film, though it’s unclear what role that would be.
Nathan Fillion rounds out the stacked cast in another role that’s being kept under wraps for now.
A casting teaser released by Gunn confirmed most of the previously announced talent. But there are also new additions, including Michael Rooker (who had previously been rumored for King Shark), Peter Capaldi, and Pete Davidson.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 13, 2019
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Originally published on August 27, 2019, with updates on September 13, 2019.