James Gunn Reveals “The Suicide Squad” Footage at DC FanDome Event
The DC FanDome event promised a lot and delivered a lot. One of those special deliveries came courtesy The Suicide Squad writer/director James Gunn and his cast, who revealed the first footage for their reboot. And friends, Gunn and his ensemble’s The Suicide Squad looks truly, insanely epic. And with all due respect to Suicide Squad director David Ayer, who is an excellent filmmaker, Gunn’s vision couldn’t look more different than Ayer’s 2016 film.
Yet there are a few members of Ayer’s original Squad who return here. They are that film’s breakout star, Margot Robbie, returning as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. The newcomers include Idris Elba, John Cena, Storm Reid, Taika Waititi, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Alice Braga, and Michael Rooker. Think about that entire cast for a second. Bonkers.
The biggest takeaway from this first look is how much Gunn’s The Suicide Squad feels like a 1970s war film. I mean, they come right out and say it in the teaser. But—and it’s a big but—this is a 1970s war movie filtered through the wacky, wondrous lens of Gunn. This is the man who took a couple of oddball space misfits and turned them The Guardians of the Galaxy, after all.
Everything here is bigger, brighter, and splashier than the original Suicide Squad. The actors all seem to be having the times of their lives. The whole thing looks sublimely insane.
The Suicide Squad is slated to premiere on August 6, 2021. Check out this undeniably fun first look below:
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Featured image: ‘The Suicide Squad’ logo. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures