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An R-Rated Wacky Suicide
Film & TV|Jul 27, 2021

An R-Rated Wacky Suicide

'The Suicide Squad' Takes Crazy To A Whole New Level.
Corrine Barraclough

Crazy goes to a whole new level in supervillain movie The Suicide Squad. And this time, director James Gunn gets to do things his way. 

David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad ended up being a flop that was widely panned by critics and audiences. 

So this time around, Warner Bros. recruited Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to steer the second production of the franchise back on track and make more of a positive impression on audiences. 

Expect to see the director’s trademark humor with an R-rated edge. 

Gunn has called all the shots, including standing firm on the August 6 release date of the film. The final picture was locked in well in advance, but he refused to release it early. He wrote on Twitter, “I want as many people to be able to see it in theaters as possible.”

His reasoning makes sense. This is a movie that was made for the big screen, and the longer it’s held back, the more people will be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Another factor in sticking to the release date would be Warner Bros. carefully timed schedule; it doesn’t want expensive movies going head-to-head. Rather, to stick to a one-per-month plan. 

In the meantime, Warners Bros. has been busy building the hype with character posters, trailers and a variety of other marketing materials. 

The red-band Suicide Squad trailer broke viewer records; a positive sign that audiences are eager to see the finished product. 

Gunn in bringing a ragtag, motley crew of misfits together in the hope that a gaggle of strange characters sparring with provide good entertainment

Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is back. But you should only expect to see three additional returning characters from the first movie: Captain Boomerang played by Jai Courtney, Rick Flag played by Joel Kinnaman and Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis. 

Offering a significant pull to moviegoers, no less than 12 new characters are introduced in this reboot, including Idris Elba’s Bloodsport and John Cena’s Peacemaker. 

Peacemaker has already garnered a lot of attention and chatter online, being labeled the ‘douchey Captain America’. The character – and the actor – have secured a spin-off series on HBO Max, which is set to debut in January 2022. 

Gunn says he cast WWE World Champion Cena because he loved him so much in the 2015 comedy Trainwreck. Take from that what you will. 

Sylvester Stallone also joins the starry lineup, voicing King Shark – a man-eating fish-human hybrid. 

Basically, Gunn is bringing a ragtag, motley crew of misfits together – much like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films – in the hope that a gaggle of strange characters sparring will provide good entertainment. 

Slogans that have been circulating ahead of the launch included “Don’t Get Too Attached,” so perhaps don’t get too attached to any of the new characters. They may not be around very long.  

Ooh, the suspense…