James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is now officially out for you to see and hear. This movie does not pull any punches (or head explosions) and because of that, there’s quite a lot that might spoil you if you haven’t seen it yet. And we’re going to talk about the mid-credits and post-credits scenes, so you know that’s going to be full of spoilers. So… here’s your final warning:
As we called right from the very first trailer last year, The Suicide Squad is one of the more apt titles of all time. In fact, we got two complete Task Forces X; one for a lot longer than the other. The first crew (consisting of Boomerang, Javelin, Savant, TDK, Mon-Gal, Weasel, Pete Davidson, Harley Quinn, and Rick Flag) get absolutely slaughtered within moments of their arrival on the shores of Corto Maltese. Davidson sold them all out and the military was waiting for them; they arrest Harley and Flag absconds into the jungle. Everyone else: dead.
Well, almost. See, the first of this crew to die is Weasel (Sean Gunn), the human-sized, googly-eyed rodent who we learn eats children. Real cool guy, but at least he’s not a werewolf. He drowns during the Squad’s arrival offshore. Again, that’s just what we (and the other members) thought. During the mid-credits scene, we return to Corto Maltese to see Weasel cough and wake up. At which point he stands up and runs (very creepily I have to say) into the jungle, presumably to eat more children. Cool. As if a giant starfish monster mind-controlling the populace and destroying whole cities wasn’t enough.
Does this mean we’re about to see Weasel return in Batman v Weasel: Late Afternoon of Justice? No. no it does not. Probably it was just a funny bit to give the director’s brother—who also had a brief cameo as Calendar Man—one more laugh.
The after-credits sequence, on the other hand, definitely sets up a future DC project. We see Steve Agee’s John Economos and Jennifer Holland’s Emilia Harcourt—two of Amanda Waller’s underlings—walking through a hospital. They quip that this new assignment is their punishment for their defiance of Waller earlier. (They recognized the Squad should not, in fact, get their heads blown up.) We then see a doctor walk them to an ICU room window where we see Peacemaker (John Cena), not dead after all.
Peacemaker’s rivalry with Bloodsport (Idris Elba) throughout the movie was supremely entertaining, which made their inevitable showdown when Peacemaker showed his true colors all the more satisfying. Peacemaker, being the violent boy scout he is, was the one Squad member who would fully and completely follow Waller’s horrible orders to the letter, even if it means killing everyone else. He and Bloodsport have a spaghetti western shootout which results in, we thought, Peacemaker’s death via throat-bullet.
But if you’ve followed the news, you’d know there was a pretty good chance Peacemaker would be okay. After making The Suicide Squad, Gunn created a spinoff TV series for Cena. Gunn wrote all eight episodes of the series while he was in post-production on TSS during the COVID-19 pandemic. HBO Max greenlit the show in September 2020; they shot the whole thing between January and July 2021. We can expect to see Peacemaker the series in January 2022.
So That’s Two
The Suicide Squad featured 15 members, 11 of whom die onscreen. So the director bringing two of those 11 back to life after the credits is definitely not the kind of “just kidding” stuff we’ve come to expect from superhero movies. Much as we might have hoped Polka-Dot Man could make a comeback.