Empire Magazine has posted some new The Suicide Squad photos from its December 2020 issue, which goes on sale Thursday, October 29. You can check out the new The Suicide Squad photos and director James Gunn’s statements on the film below.
Written and directed by Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy films), The Suicide Squad began filming on September 23, 2019. Warner Bros. Pictures has scheduled an August 6, 2021 release date for the film.
About the film and how it’s related to the first film Suicide Squad, Gunn told Empire, “Um, it’s its own thing. It does not contradict the first movie, I don’t think. It might in some small ways… I don’t know…”
Speaking to the publication about the first film, Gunn added: “Listen, David Ayer’s gotten trouble for the movie. I know it didn’t come out how David wanted it to come out. But he did one really, really great thing, and that is he picked fantastic actors to work with, and he dealt with these actors in building their characters in a really deep and fearless way. It’s something David definitely deserves to be lauded for, and it’s definitely added to this movie.”
It appears that no one is safe in the new film. “I think you know, from pretty close to the beginning, that all of the Guardians are good – apart from Nebula, who’s the outlier,” Gunn said. “But in The Suicide Squad, some of the characters end up being good, some end up being terrible. They don’t just get in fights and say they’re going to kill each other, they actually do get in fights and kill each other. You really don’t know who’s going to live and who’s going to die. I was given full freedom to kill anyone – and I mean anyone – by DC.”
The cast includes Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag, Michael Rooker as Savant, Flula Borg as Javelin, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, and Idris Elba as Bloodsport.
Also appearing are Steve Agee as King Shark, Mayling NG as Mongal, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, Alice Braga as Solsoria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Nathan Fillion as TDK, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and John Cena as Peacemaker.
Charles Roven and Peter Safran are producing the feature film. Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder serve as executive producers.
Suicide Squad, which was released in August 2016, cost about $175 million and grossed an impressive $746.8 million worldwide.
The spinoff Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) also opened in theaters on February 7, 2020. Directed by Cathy Yan, the movie has grossed $178.4 million worldwide, with $74.7 million coming from North America and $103.7 million from overseas markets.
Margot Robbie reprised the role of Harley Quinn in the film and was joined by Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra “Cass” Cain, and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis.
HBO Max also previously announced the streaming service will explore the origins of the Peacemaker character, the master of weapons from upcoming The Suicide Squad, in the new Max Original action-adventure-comedy series Peacemaker. HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order of eight episodes for the first season of the show.
John Cena will reprise his role from The Suicide Squad movie to star in the series, and James Gunn will write all eight episodes of Peacemaker and will direct multiple episodes, including the first.
Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series, with Cena as co-executive producer.
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