“The Suicide Squad” Featurette Highlights Unique Approach to Superhero Storytelling
Writer/director James Gunn has promised that there will be real stakes for his misfits in The Suicide Squad, and in a new featurette released by Warner Bros., this case is made plain. “Amanda Waller is willing to sacrifice all of these lives for the betterment of mankind,” Gunn says at the opening. Amanda Waller is the operative played by Viola Davis, one of the few returning characters from David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad. Once again, she’s assembled a crack team of anti-heroes, lunatics, and straight-up villains to help save humanity. In this case, it’s to destroy all traces of “Project Starfish,” which has something to do with Starro the Conquerer, a massive alien starfish as big as a building.
“They did say, ‘You can kill whoever you want,'” Gunn says of Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, and Gunn has long made it clear he took them up on that offer. We won’t know who survives this suicide mission until the film comes out, but we do know the characters whose lives are at stake are a pretty awesome of oddballs.
Returning from Ayer’s film along with Davis are Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag. The new characters include Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark, John Cena as Peacemaker, Peter Capaldi as the Thinker, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Michael Rooker as Savant, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Richard “Dick” Hertz/Blackguard, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, and Mayling Ng as Mongal.
Check out the new featurette below. The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6.
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) DAVID DASTMALCHIAN as Polka-Dot Man, KING SHARK, DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2, JOHN CENA as Peacemaker and IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport in Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics