A Few New Details on James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad Script

Writer/director James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad will begin filming soon. There has been very little plot information, of course, but we’ve learned about some of the stars, both returning and new, who will be in the film. Now we also have it on good authority that Gunn’s script is “really good.” This comes from—wait for it—Gunn’s brother and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Sean Gunn. Yes, you’re likely going to say that your brother’s script is great, but Sean Gunn is not just some random fan. He’s not only played Kraglin in Guardians, but he also performed all the on-set action for Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in both Guardians films and in Avengers: Endgame. Speaking with Comicbook.comGunn was asked whether he’d appear in his brother’s The Suicide Squad, and had this to say about the script:

“We’ll see. [regarding the role]. I know that he’s [James] very excited about shooting and now that I have read the script for it and I will say nothing other than that it’s really good. And I know that he’s pretty jazzed about it, so I’m definitely excited to hear what happens next. But they start shooting soon.”

Gunn’s The Suicide Squad does have some key people from David Ayer’s 2016 film, but it’s being called a full-blown reboot rather than a sequel. Your returning stars are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. The new faces include Storm Reid, Idris Elba, and John Cena in unknown roles, alongside David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man and Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher.

Producer Peter Safran told Comicbook.com that people should be excited about this fresh take on the film:

“First of all, we don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 ‘cause it’s a total reboot. So it’s The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it. It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.

Gunn has said on Twitter he’d be relying on John Ostrander’s comics for DC to help capture the tone of what he’s going for. The Suicide Squad is slated for an August 6, 2021 premiere.

Featured image: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad.’ Courtesy Warner Bros. 


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