Warner Bros. has unveiled a new behind-the-scenes video for The Suicide Squad highlighting the unique vision of writer/director James Gunn. The Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director is making the leap to WB’s DC Extended Universe with the standalone follow-up to the 2016 villain team-up film with stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman all returning. Unlike its predecessor, to which the film reportedly holds few connections to, Gunn is putting an R-rated vision to screen and borrowing inspiration from various war movies, namely Saving Private Ryan, as well as John Ostrander’s 1980s Suicide Squad comics.
The new film sees the DCEU introductions of John Cena’s Peacemaker, Daniela Melchior’s Ratcatcher 2, Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark, Peter Capaldi’s The Thinker, David Dastmalchian’s Polka-Dot Man and many more. Even prior to the film’s release, Gunn’s partnership with DC and WB is already paying off as they teamed up shortly after The Suicide Squad was wrapping up in lockdown to develop an HBO Max series centered on Cena’s Peacemaker, which has wrapped production on season 1 and is set to hit the streaming platform in January 2022. Following a short break, Gunn will return to Marvel Studios to close out his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which he has noted will likely be his last at the House of Mouse-owned studio.
With only a few days remaining until the film hits theaters overseas, Warner Bros. UK‘s Twitter account has shared a new behind-the-scenes video for The Suicide Squad. Featuring interviews with Gunn and the cast, the featurette puts a spotlight on the writer/director’s unique vision for both the film and the superhero genre as a whole. Check out the exciting new video below:
After the release of Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016, expectations were not high regarding what a sequel could offer, especially as the film languished in development hell with multiple writers and directors coming and going over creative differences and scheduling conflicts. While Gunn’s dismissal from the Guardians of the Galaxy threequel certainly came as a shocking blow to many fans, his subsequent attachment to The Suicide Squad proved an intriguing step forward. Given his success on the MCU franchise and the unique sense of humor he brought to it, it marked a promising new chapter for the slowly-recovering DCEU.
Early reactions to The Suicide Squad are certainly pointing towards this positive future being the case for both Gunn and the DCEU. Though his time may be coming to a close at Marvel, his tease of talks with Robbie about the future of Harley Quinn in the WB universe and plans for Peacemaker season 2 at least show he isn’t leaving the comic book genre any time soon. His DCEU film is set to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 5 in the U.S.
Source: Warner Bros. UK/Twitter
Key Release Dates
- The Suicide Squad (2021)Release date: Aug 06, 2021
- The Batman (2022)Release date: Mar 04, 2022
- Black Adam (2022)Release date: Jul 29, 2022
- The Flash (2022)Release date: Nov 04, 2022
- Aquaman 2 (2022)Release date: Dec 16, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)Release date: Jun 02, 2023
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