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 San Diego Comic-Con, the first 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 in 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. While we don’t know a ton about The Suicide Squad, we do know it’s going to be like a gritty ’70s war movie. Writer and director James Gunn shared that tidbit at DC FanDome. He also shared the first look at footage through an exciting behind the scenes reel. Watch:
As for the matter of the first Suicide Squad, and how this film relates to it, Gunn told Empire: “It does not contradict the first movie, I don’t think. It might in some small ways… I don’t know…” Interesting.
We’ll be learning more details about The Suicide Squad soon. A special issue of Empire magazine coming on October 29 will have new images and interviews.
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.
Who Will Star?
Several members of the core cast are set to return. Margot Robbie will reprise her roles as Harley Quinn. She’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.
- Michael Rooker as Savant
- Flula Borg as Javelin
- David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man
- Daniela Melchoir as Ratcatcher 2
- Idris Elba as Bloodsport
- Mayling Ng as Mongal
- Peter Capaldi as Thinker
- Alice Braga as Solsoria
- Pete Davidson as Blackguard
- Nathan Fillion as TDK
- Sean Gunn as Weasel
- John Cena as Peacemaker
- Steve Agee as King Shark
- Storm Reid as Tyla
- Juan Diego Botto as Luna
- Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt
- Joaquín Cosío as General Mateo Suarez
In an Instagram post, Gunn also confirmed that Sylvester Stallone is also part of the cast, although he didn’t say who the iconic actor is playing.
When Will It Be Here?
The Suicide Squad is currently scheduled for release on August 6, 2021.
Featured Image: Warner Bros.
Originally published on August 27, 2019, with updates on September 13, 2019, July 22, 2020, and August 22 2020.